Seventeen war photographers tell the stories behind the images they made in life-threatening situations in a slideshow put together by The Guardian. In the feature, titled “The shot that nearly killed me,” Greg Marinovich describes photographing a man being killed by ANC combatants in South Africa in 1990; João Silva discusses his motivation to continue shooting after his legs were blown off by a landmine in Afghanistan in 2010; Tom Stoddart talks about photographing “sniper alley” in Sarajevo in 1992, a strip of road that he says paralyzed the city with fear; Lynsey Addario recounts some of her thoughts after being kidnapped in Libya earlier this year; and John Stanmeyer tells the story of nearly being struck by a bullet in East Timor in 1999, then photographing a man being killed by the military.
The stories and photographs are gruesome and gut-wrenching. In their accounts some of the photographers deny the stereotype about war shooters being adrenaline junkies. Throughout the stories a theme emerges, summed up by Alvaro Ybarra Zavala in his account of a photograph he made in Congo in 1999: “What’s important is that we show what human beings are capable of. The day I don’t do that with my photography is the day I’ll give up and open a restaurant.”
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French photojournalist Mathias Depardon has been released from prison in Turkey one month after his arrest, and is now on his way to Paris. The news was reported by Reporters without Borders, and confirmed in a statement from French president Emmanuel Macron. Depardon, a French citizen based in Istanbul, was on assignment for National Geographic... More ›
In preparation for PDN’s July issue on Ethics, we asked photojournalist Victor J. Blue to explain what he does and doesn’t do to gain access, how he avoids conflicts of interest, his thoughts on fairness vs. neutrality, and the “Define the Relationship” talk he has with his subjects. More ›