In the age of digital photography and 24 hour news, war artists might not have the same role as they once did - but their work still offers a unique insight into life on the front line.
London-based artist Arabella Dorman was invited to join British troops in southern Iraq before they pulled out of the country. Here - as her work goes on public display - she explains the inspiration behind her drawings and paintings.
Images courtesy Arabella Dorman. Slideshow production: Stuart Hughes and Paul Kerley. Publication 13 May 2009.
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