14 PICTURE STORY 18 WHAT’S YOUR NICHE? 20 CAREER LAUNCH 22 NEWS DIGEST
EDITED BY DAVID WALKER
GIVEN THE DANGERS facing journalists who try to travel in northern
Iraq and Syria to cover the fight against ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq
and Syria), it’s a challenge to find stories that aren’t already being told.
So when Erin Trieb—a veteran freelancer who has been embedded with
While it wasn’t a difficult decision for Trieb, any sort of travel in northern Iraq can be
U.S. forces in Afghanistan—was offered a chance to shoot a typically
closed-off all-female unit of Kurdish volunteer soldiers in Syria, “I
jumped at the chance,” she tells PDN via email. “When you are asked
that question, as a photographer, you don’t say no.”
The Austin, Texas-based Trieb had been working in Kurdistan for
two months, and was hoping to embed with the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters when she got the
offer from a general to embed with the Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ).
Photojournalist Erin Trieb turned
a chance offer for access into a
photo essay on a unit of Kurdish
women fighting ISIS in Syria.
ABOVE: At a funeral procession in Roshava, Syria, Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) soldiers carry the casket of fellow female soldier, Evrim, who died in combat
while fighting ISIS. Evrim was one of about 24 Kurdish soldiers buried in the cemetery during the month of August. TOP, INSE T: Erin Trieb.