ABOUT THE BOOK
A vivid and disorienting glimpse into the U.S. Naval Station in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, (known as “Gitmo”) and its growing diaspora, through photographs, once-classified government documents, and first-person accounts. Welcome to Camp America reflects three bodies of work, including: Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play, showing residential and leisure spaces of both prisoners and guards; Gitmo on Sale, depicting the commodification of American military power through gift-shop souvenirs; and Beyond Gitmo, investigating life after detention with 14 men once held as accused terrorists, now cleared and freed, living in nine countries, from Albania to Qatar. Environmental portraits in the free world replicate conditions of military regulation photography at Guantánamo Bay: no faces are shown. With unique construction in English and Arabic, the book seeks common ground while asking provocative questions about compromises made between humanity and fear in the post-9/11 era.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Debi Cornwall is a conceptual documentary artist who returned to visual expression in 2014 after a 12-year career as a wrongful conviction lawyer. Trained in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) while completing a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, Cornwall went on to attend Harvard Law School and practiced for more than a decade as a civil rights attorney. Informed by her experience representing innocent DNA exonerees, her visual work marries empathy and dark humor with systemic critique. In 2016, she was nominated for the Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer, and was awarded Duke University’s Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award for Women Documentarians, and the Lianzhou Foto Festival’s jury prize, the Punctum Award.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Moazzam Begg is a British Pakistani who was held in extrajudicial detention by the US government in the Bagram Theater Internment Facility and the Guantánamo Bay detention center, in Cuba, for nearly three years. Fred Ritchin is an author, curator, editor and critic. He has served as the director of the NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights program; cofounder and director of Pixel Press; and the founding director of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program of the International Center of Photography (ICP) School, where he is Dean Emeritus.