October 12-December, 2011
An exhibition of Palmer's photography and journal excerpts will be featured in the Grand Staircase Lobby in Olin Library. Also on display will be war-related materials from the Libraries' Department of Special Collections.The film, shot by Palmer during his time as an embedded journalist with a U.S. Marine combat unit in Iraq, concentrates on the daily activities of the American troops and the effects on the troops themselves as well as Iraqi civilians. Palmer made his first trip to Iraq as journalist and photographer in 2004. Armed only with a pen and a camera, he felt that his essays and photographs did not sufficiently capture the experience. So when he returned in 2005 and 2006, he brought a video camera. "I tried to probe deeper into the stories of the Marines and the Iraqi men and women I met," Palmer says. The film also explores the filmmaker's conflicting role as an impartial journalist
sometimes mistaken for a Marine. "My presence affected everyone's behavior. Although I didn't carry a gun, I looked intimidating in my black helmet, desert camouflage bulletproof vest, and combat boots," he says. "Small children cried and ran away if I came too close."
Palmer has written for Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, Pixel Press.org, and ColorLines, among others, and produced video projects for various outlets including PBS and MTV. He is a Fellow at NYU's
Center on Law and Security and the recipient of a Nation Institute grant for reporting in Bangladesh in 2010. Palmer received a Ford Foundation Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom grant in 2008 to complete Full Disclosure. He is an instructor at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and an adjunct instructor at Baruch College, City University of New York.