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Night of a Thousand Stars and Other Portraits of Iraq is a photography exhibit at the exceptional new gallery, 23 Sandy. This is a beautiful, intimate gallery space created by Laura Russell, a talented photographer and book artist in Portland Oregon. This inaugural show of work by Joel Preston Smith is not to be missed!
The title Night of a Thousand Stars and Other Portraits of Iraqis taken from the central essay of the photographers book. The essay describes the first night of the Gulf War from the perspective of the patients in the children’s cancer ward of Sadaam Pediatric Hospital in Baghdad. Rasmeyah Abduhl Sattar, their nurse, listening to their cries, convinced the children that stars, not missiles, were falling on the city.