The initial work on this site has depended on the many contributors to the book, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History (Random House, Fall 1997).

I would like to thank the following for their support during the collection and production process of the book and site:

  • Human Rights Watch for supporting the documentation of mass grave sites exhumed in northern Iraq in December 1991 and June 1992.
  • John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation for their generous MacArthur Fellowship (1992-1997) which allowed me to create a team of researchers and to sustain the ever increasing scope of this project.
  • The Polaroid Foundation for their loan of a CP4 reproduction camera which I used to make copy negatives of images found during our research.
  • The Hasselblad Foundation which provided a travel grant to return to the Kurdish region with photographs from Western archives.
  • The Rockefeller Foundation for the Multi-media Fellowship which I received in 1995 and provided for my exploration into the CD-ROM format which led to the creation of this web site.
  • The Film Study Center at Harvard University for the insightful perspectives of their technical team and encouragement early on.
  • Magnum Photos whose offices provided a base for continuous research and communication throughout the life of this project.
  • The Internet Regional Program of the Open Society Institute of the Tides Foundation for helping finance the launch of this site.

It has been a tremendous pleasure working with Picture Projects. Alison Cornyn and Sue Johnson have brought great skill and vision transforming this material to a compelling new medium. Their work has depended on the extensive labor of the principal production team of Meryl Levin, Dolly Meieran and Laura Hubber, who collaborated on the concept and design of the book itself.