Qandil, Iraqi-Kurdistan. PKK guerrilla fighters dance around the fire following the tradition of the celebration of Nawroz. March 20, 2015. Bnar Sardar / Metrography.
Goktapa, Iraq. Rahima, Ali and Dhuha by the river. April 17, 2015. Bnar Sardar / Metrography.
Sitak, Iraq. Muhammed’s mother (right) makes bread. Every few days the women make bread for all the families in the building. January 26, 2015. Rawsht Twana / Metrography.
Kirkuk, Iraq. Abdullah Hazbar from outside his tent. Abdullah was wounded by Iraqi war planes’ bombing when he left his village with his family. Metrography IDP project is funded by Free Press Unlimited. January 27, 2015. Hawre Khalid/ Metrography.
Sulaymaniah, Iraq. With a picture of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader, and Iraqi President, Jalal Talbani in the background, female peshmerga Paxshan Omer adjusts the stock of her Kalashnikov assault rifle in the family home in Sulaymaniah. As well as being a single mother, her husband having died of illness in 2000, Paxshan is also one of 500 female peshmerga fighters who are based at the Farmanday peshmerga base near Sulaymaniah in Iraqi-Kurdistan. July 16, 2014. Pazhar Mohammad / Metrography.
Kirkuk, Iraq. Hewar cleans the living room in the house where she lives with her family in the early morning.
Hewar Faris, 22 year old from Kirkuk, is the goalkeeper of the female football team Solav, as well as being an actress in a mixed theatre company. September 25, 2014. Hawre Khalid / Metrography.
Kirkuk, Iraq. Kirkuk residents are seen on an amusement park ride at the Baba Gorgor Park in Kirkuk, Iraq. July 29, 2014. Hawre Khalid / Metrography.
Kirkuk, Iraq. Two Iraqi men waiting to play pool inside a billiard room in Eskan, North-East Kirkuk. June 23, 2014. Hawre Khalid / Metrography
Musak village, Iraqi Kurdistan. Iran-Iraq border. In the back is Gmo mountains, the border with Iran. A smugglers’ car goes up the road the brings to PJAK (Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan) to move goods to another village and get the load ready to be smuggled into Iran. December 28, 2014. Aram Karim / Metrography.
Daquq, Iraq. A peshmerga fighter shoots RPG at the front line in Wahda village, Daquq during the heaviest fight in the area since the beginning of the war. September 30, 2014. Bandan Atta / Metrography.
Musak village, Iraqi Kurdistan. Iraq – Iran border. The checkpoint of PJAK (Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan). All smugglers have to go through this checkpoint and pay a fee. A PJAK fighter eats his dinner. December 27, 2014. Aram Karim / Metrography.
Shlake, Iraqi Kurdistan. Iraq-Syria border. Syrian smugglers transport gallons full of petrol to Al-Malikiyah (Derik) Syria.The walk takes 4 hours from Iraq to Syria. January 10, 2013. Aram Karim / Metrography.
Tralawa Border, Iraqi Kurdistan. Iran-Iraq border. An Iraqi smuggler plays with his mule to in the water to freshen up in the summer’s heat. June 26th, 2009. Aram Karim / Metrography.
Sinjar mountains, Iraq. Runak Bapir Gherib, 14 year old from Shengal makes her way down the mountain after 7 days. She is with her mother and sister (in the back) waiting for a car to drive them away. She took the gun from Shengal to protect her family. YPG also gave weapons to the people who wanted to fight, but it has been impossible to verify whether this weapon was given to her by YPG or family members. August 12, 2014. Zmnako Ismael / Metrography.
Daquq, Iraq. Peshraw Omer, a peshmerga fighter from Penjwen sits in his house with his children at the home after returning from the front line in Daquq. August 15, 2014. Bandan Atta / Metrography.
Metrography editor in chief Stefano Carini and cofounder Sebastian Meyer talked to Columbia Visuals about their vision for the first photo agency in Iraq, the challenges of creating unique work, and how to achieve personal goals as a photojournalist.