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    'If you go to ask somebody about the war, you don’t ask them about the war. You ask them about where they came from, who their parents are. The war becomes part of the texture of their life, and then people will tell you about the war.

    Since its launch in 2004, the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography have celebrated and supported independent photojournalism, as evidenced by the many dynamic and compelling projects completed over the years.

    In this video, two-time Editorial Grant winner Eugene Richardstakes us on an intensely emotional and powerful journey as he shares his experience working on his grant project “War is Personal.”

    The Getty Images Grants are now accepting applications.

    An Afghan woman learns how to knit a dress for a doll at a workshop sponsored by American NGO Mercy Group  A farmer puts his harvest on a tank left behind in war in Panshir, north of Kabul A man gives his children their daily ration of opium. In some areas, parents addict their infants by puffing opium smoke in their face so they will sleep more and give them more hours to work.

    Life in War

    While Afghanistan has been one the most heavily documented countries over the past decade, few photojournalists have approached it with the depth and perspective of Majid Saeedi. Saeedi, a native of Iran, was not allowed to work in his home country for four years, following his coverage of the turbulent 2009 Iranian election. This exile led him to embrace the people of Afghanistan as his main subject. ‘War is not the only thing going on in Afghanistan,’ he writes. ‘Sharing a common tongue, I found that I could live alongside the Afghans, understanding, laughing and crying with them.’

    Saeedi was recently honored with the FotoEvidence Book Award for his work. See more from Life in War.

    In his book War is Personal, photographer Eugene Richards, the recipient of two Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography, follows the stories of veterans and families who have been deeply affected by war. This Saturday, those stories will receive a dramatic interpretation, as actors perform a staged reading as Richards’s subjects. More info here about the performance at Brooklyn Museum.

    Image: Carlos Arredondo grieves for his son, who was killed in Iraq, at his home on March 19, 2006, in Roslindale, Mass. (Photo by Eugene Richards)

    "The Afghan National Army is regularly derided as being a rag-tag militia, dope-smoking, lazy and irresponsible in battle," writes John D McHugh, a Reportage photographer who recently spent time with ANA soldiers in Helmand Province. He continues:

    There is no doubt that this is true in some cases, but the reality that I have witnessed over my 7 years in Afghanistan is that there are plenty of brave and committed Afghan soldiers who want to serve their country, fight the Taliban, and hope for peace one day. But while bravery and commitment are important traits in a soldier, there are other skills that must be taught to men if they are to have any chance of surviving in a war.

    McHugh is an Irish photojournalist and filmmaker based in London, England. McHugh has worked extensively in Afghanistan since the start of 2006. He has been embedded with US, Canadian, and British troops. His new feature, available via Reportage by Getty Images, is titled “Observe the Sons of Afghan Marching Toward War.”

    Caption: HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 2012: Afghan National Army soldiers take part in Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) training at the Regional Training Centre in Helmand, 17 Nov 2012.

    Ten Years in Iraq - FALLUJAH - OCTOBER 2004: A U.S. Marine from the 1st Expeditionary Force sings a song and plays the guitar during a Protestant religious service at the chapel on their base October 31, 2004 near Fallujah, Iraq. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Reportage by Getty Images)

    Ten Years in Iraq - SAN ANTONIO - AUGUST 2006: PFC Josh Stein, 22, at home with his new-born daughter Jasmine on August 23, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas. Stein lost his legs to an EFP explosion in Iraq on Easter Sunday 2006, and is now a double-amputee rehabilitation patient at Brook Army Medical Center. The explosion that took his legs ripped through the Bradley armored vehicle he was driving. Stein had the presence of mind to drive the vehicle out of the attack zone and park it before passing out. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images)

    Ten Years in Iraq - SADR CITY, BAGHDAD - MARCH 2008: Pieces of scrap metal and boxes mark graves in a makeshift cemetery for victims of sectarian killing, on the eastern outskirts the poor Shia slums of Sadr City. The bodies, shot by Shia militiamen, are collected from a nearby killing ground called al-Sadda, and buried by locals. (Photo by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/ Reportage by Getty Images). See more iconic images from the Iraq War here.

    Ten Years in Iraq - BAGHDAD - NOVEMBER 2006: Seigtz, a soldier from 28 Combat Service Hospital (CSH), is in charge of transporting bodies from Baghdad CSH to checkpoint number 1 of the International Zone. This photo was taken during his first trip, of which he said: ‘It was the hardest experience of my life, the smell of death was terrible.’ (Photo by Alvaro Ybarra Zavala/Reportage by Getty Images). See more iconic images from the Iraq War here.

    Ten Years in Iraq - ISKANDARIYA - 2007: An Iraqi woman holds a sleeping child as US soldiers record her biometrics and interrogate her during a raid on July 15, 2007 in Iskandariya, Iraq. The raid was a search for suspected insurgents and targeted IED production. (Photo by Benjamin Lowy/Reportage by Getty Images)

    BAGHDAD, IRAQ - FEBRUARY 2005:  First Sgt. Troy Hawkins falls wounded to the ground during a firefight in the troubled Haifa Street area February 16, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq. Sgt. Hawkins was wounded in the leg and shoulder but continued to direct troop movement before walking out of the fire zone. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images)

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