Ink print, 16 x 22 finished to 23.25 x 28.25 inches. Private collection.
Few photographs in recent years have had the explosive impact of the images of detainees being abused by U.S.
troops at Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq. On April 28, 2004 CBS news magazine 60 Minutes II broadcast photographs that
exposed American soldiers torturing and humiliating Iraqi detainees. Days after the 60 Minutes II report aired, The
New Yorker published a more comprehensive account of the circumstances surrounding the photographs, including
the image of Abdou Hussain Saad Faleh, nicknamed “Gilligan” by U.S. soldiers, who was made to stand on a box for
about an hour with what appears to be electrodes attached to his fingers. Specialist Sabrina Harman told him that he
would be electrocuted if he fell.