September 29, 2023

Archive Event Highlight

VIDEO: How I Did It – Salwan Georges


On March 16, the OPC and The Washington Post hosted a conversation between Salwan Georges, a Post staff photographer, and his colleague Louisa Loveluck, the newspaper’s Baghdad bureau chief. The moderator was Olivier Laurent, a senior photo editor on the Post’s foreign desk.

Click the window above to watch a playlist of video clips from the program.

Georges and his family fled Iraq when he was 7 years old, first sheltering in Christian Orthodox monastery in Syria and then immigrating to the United States as refugees. Twenty years after the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Georges returned for the first time to his native land. Georges not only rediscovered his country, confronting his own family’s history – he lost uncles and cousins to the war – he also explored the story of a destabilized country, one that is still dealing with the legacy of the U.S. invasion.

This talk is part of an OPC series, called, ‘How I Did It,’ which convenes freelance journalists and their editors or producers to break down a major feat of reporting.

Georges’ Washington Post stories can be seen here.

Loveluck’s work for the paper can be found here.