After Injury, AP’s Emilio Morenatti is Again Covering Disaster

Posted by on Tuesday November 16, 2010 | Photojournalism

An elderly woman suffering cholera symptoms is carried on a stretcher as she arrives to the Doctors Without Borders temporary hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday Nov. 13, 2010. Thousands of people have been hospitalized for cholera across Haiti with symptoms including serious diarrhea, vomiting and fever and hundreds have died. ()

© AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Fifteen months after he lost his foot to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, award-winning photojournalist Emilio Morenatti is again covering breaking news in a disaster zone. This time, the New York Times Lens Blog reports, he’s covering the cholera outbreak in Haiti.

After Morenatti’s foot was amputated in August 2009, he underwent extensive rehabilitation and was fitted with a prosthetic at a facility in Maryland. He began shooting for AP in March of this year, covering the World Cup and shooting events in Spain, where he lives. But Santiago Lyon, director of photography at AP, told the Times that Morenatti asked two weeks ago to be put on the Haiti story. It’s his first disaster coverage since his accident. “Emilio was very keen to get back to work,” Lyon told the Times. “It’s a very important part of his reintegration into the work he’s so good at.” Lyon told PDN, “He’s a remarkably talented photographer. It’s particularly inspiring to see him out there now, after just 15 months.”

Morenatti’s photos from Haiti are featured in a slide show on The New York Times Lens blog today.

Morenatti’s recovery has been on the minds of many in the photo community since  New York Times contract photographer Joao Silva lost the lower part of both his legs in October after he stepped on a landmine in southern Afghanistan.   He is currently being treated at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC.

Related stories:

August 12, 2009: AP Photographer Wounded in Afghanistan

October  25,2010: Joao Silva Wounded in Afghanistan

PDNPulse: Joao Silva Being Treated at Washington Army Hospital

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