Tide of Destruction: The Two Gulfs. Steve McCurry 2010/1991. McCurry is one of the world’s greatest photographers. The photos above were taken in Kuwait, Iraq in 1991 after Saddam Hussein set his oil fields on fire. Twenty years later, it still remains one of the world’s worst environmental disasters.
Saddam’s army deliberately spilled as much as six million barrels of crude as they blasted pipelines, and emptied loaded tankers into the Persian Gulf. Everything that wasn’t spilled into the water was set on fire.
Source: Steve McCurry’s Blog