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Entries in war photography (3)

Thursday
Nov152012

Movies for Photographers: HBO Documentary Series, Witness

Image from HBO documentary episode, Witness: Libya
HBO's string of hard-hitting, insightful documentaries continues with Witness, a 4-part series that focuses on war photography from the viewpoint of the person behind the camera. What's it like to be a journalist and balance that role with being a compassionate human being who is a witness to death and destruction? The series goes into the frontlines in Mexico, Libya, South Sudan, and Brazil to give an up-close, personal look into the lives of people who sometimes get way too close to their subjects, putting their lives in constant jeopardy.




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Thursday
Jan052012

Photojournalist on the Edge of War

Photo: John Moore / Getty Images
Many photojournalists cover a city beat that includes everything from local politics and business to heartwarming human interest stories - but many photojournalists risk falling through the thin veneer of civilization as they cover stories of civil war, violent protests, and civilian clashes with government. In our Video Pick, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer John Moore narrates his story of a recent assignment in the Middle East, and he talks about the story behind his images. You can also read an earlier interview with Moore as he discusses what it's like to be a photographer in harm's way. 
In many instances the best protection in dangerous situations is simply to rely on one’s instincts. My instincts have been honed by a lot of experience, so I ignore them at my peril. Of course there are risks in this business, but I try to measure them as best as I can. While embedded with military forces, I wear a flack jacket and helmet, as well as ballistic eye protection. One of the worst fears is kidnapping, both in Iraq and Afghanistan and I almost always travel with the military in areas where that is an issue. 

 

 

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

Audio Link: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]


Thursday
May052011

Fallen Photographers Embedded in Danger Zone

Tim Hetherington: Zuma Press/Newscom

 

 

The deaths of award-winning photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros on April 20, 2011 in a mortar attack at Misrata, Libya, underscored the heavy toll war exacts on soldiers and civilians alike. Dupont Award winner Hetherington, whose book Infidel featured photos from the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan (see photo above), co-directed with journalist Sebastian Junger the Oscar-nominated movie documentary Restrepo, which won a Sundance film festival award.

 

Chris Hondros: Scout Tufankjian

 

 

Hondros’ work for Getty Images receive war photography’s highest honor, the Robert Capa Gold Medal. Both photojournalists were brilliant at showing the “texture of war,” as Hetherington put it, a combination of active combat and sometimes-boring daily life. Hetherington’s interview video from November 2010 features highlights of his work and insights as a photographer.

 


 

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