dear baby with your hands in the air
tears in your eyes and explosions in your ears
what did you think
at the moment of your surrender
when, instead of putting the camera down
the photographer went
About the Author Laura Rena Murray is an investigative journalist whose longform work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Al Jazeera America, the San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Weekly, the Center for Public Integrity and many more national and international publications. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including most recently the CUNY Urban Reporting Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowship, the International Center for Journalists - Bringing Home the World Fellowship and the Lambda Literary Emerging LGBT Voices Fellowship. Murray's poetry is often inspired by her reportage.
About the Artist Mohammed Ali Mirzaei was born in Iran, Tehran (1982). His BA is in the field of News Photography at the University of Culture & Art Isfahan. His works have been in various festivals in Iran, including: First Place in "National Festival of Iranian people," Fourth Place in the "Women and urban life" festival, Winner of Best Collection in the “Festival of Film & Photo Young Cinema,” and chosen for the Fereshteh Prize (Tehran 2015). His photos have also been published in Midway Journal, Oxford Magazine, The Missing Slate, and Silk Road Review.