Lois Raimondo was there when we were not. Here is some of what she saw and heard. 

In the months following the 9/11 attacks, Raimondo was a journalist in Afghanistan covering the U.S.-led offensive for The Washington Post, and in October 2003 she was on assignment for Smithsonian Magazine to document the war in Iraq. Raimondo, now an assistant professor and Shott Chair of Journalism in the Reed College of Media, chose not to embed with the U.S. military in Iraq, a decision that made her work more dangerous but led her to gain an understanding of the lives of individuals over the statements of groups. 

She’s been working toward understanding humanity’s perspectives since before she served as a translator for CBS News during President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 trip to China. At the time she was a graduate student living in a Chinese village where she collected folktales. A lifetime of listening led to the work shown here that focuses on people facing the immediate consequences of war, which is still relevant as the globe is enmeshed in the same conflicts. 

Today, we as humans are still deciding what to do about the real dangers and visceral fears that surround us. In a time when political candidates have discussed “carpet bombing” and banning swaths of people from the U.S., Raimondo’s work is just as valuable a reminder as it was when it was first published — you can’t understand until you’ve listened.

— DIANA MAZZELLA



“Introducing strangers, even enemies, through unguarded moments of other — the stillness of the frozen photographic moment — creates a safe space where mindfulness, curiosity and even compassion may grow.”
Lois Raimondo
Lois Raimondo