Photo agency for Iraqi images

Iraq has its first photo agency, Metrography. Founder Kamaran Najm writes on the website: ‘Our 65 photographers come from all the different regions of Iraq and speak Arabic, Kurdish, English, Assyrian, and Turkmen along with dozens of local dialects.’
Metrography has just started. Its database is running under Photoshelter (portal site for photographers). On the home page we read: ‘Metrography is the first and only Iraqi photography agency covering all 18 of Iraq’s governorates from Al-Basra to Zakho. (…) We cover everything from News to Features, Sport, and Publicity.’

Founder Najm is a photographer since 2001. He has been working for agencies like Zuma, Reuters and AP and published in international as well as Kurdish newspapers. Najm also developend himself as a picture editor at the Metro daily newspaper which is printing out in Kurdish and Arabic and it circulates in all over Iraq. Metro is a joint effort between Institute for war and peace reporting IWPR, Radio Nawa and the Aswat al-Iraq news agency.