Iquitos Dawn

Iquitos Dawn, 2012

A reading, from the series One Image/One Text


Iquitos Dawn is part of "One Image/One Text",  a collection of writings employing a single photographic image as starting point for a narrative read aloud.  Iquitos Dawn makes reference to Hungarian photojournalist Robert Capa's "Magnificent Eleven", a group of eleven surviving photographs he made on 6 June 1944 (D-Day), the launch date for Operation Overlord – a.k.a. the Normandy Invasion – the Allied invasion of Western Europe during World War II.  Capa came ashore with the men of the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division in the second assault wave on Omaha Beach and is said to have taken 106 pictures, all but eleven of which were destroyed in a processing accident in the Life magazine photo lab in London. The surviving photos have since been called the "Magnificent Eleven".