Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

John McCain’s iPhone Poker: A Brief History of Long-Lens Gotchas

Posted by on Wednesday September 4, 2013 | Photojournalism, Photos In The News

Yesterday photographer Melina Mara of The Washington Post got a photo of Senator John McCain playing poker on his iPhone during the Senate hearing on military action in Syria. Mara’s photo is the most widely seen photo of yesterday’s meeting of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. This isn’t the first time a sharp-eyed photographer... More

Freelance Photog’s Tale of Abduction By Syrian Rebels Serves As Warning

Posted by on Friday August 23, 2013 | Photojournalism

Today The New York Times published a story about a freelance photographer’s abduction and captivity in Syria. The tale should serve as a warning for photojournalists—particularly those who are inexperienced—who might be inclined to freelance in a war zone. Matthew Schrier was abducted in Aleppo on December 31, 2012, he told the Times, taken out... More

Aris Messinis Wins the Photo Trophy at the Bayeux-Calvados Awards

Posted by on Wednesday October 17, 2012 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photojournalism

AFP photographer Aris Messinis won the Photo Trophy at this year’s Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre, a festival held in Bayeux, France, that focuses on war reporting. The 7,000-euro prize, sponsored by Nikon, was awarded to Messinis last week for his coverage of the Battle of Sirte in Libya. Messinis has been with the... More

Suspect Arrested in Kidnapping of Photographer

Posted by on Wednesday October 17, 2012 | Photojournalism

British authorities have charged a 26-year old man with illegally detaining UK photographer John Cantlie and Dutch journalist Jeroen Oerlemans in Syria last July, according to a BBC report. Shajul Islam, a British citizen who allegedly has ties to Syrian jihadists, was arrested October 9 upon returning to the UK on a flight from Cairo.... More

Photojournalist Describes Wreckage in Tremseh, Syria

Posted by on Monday July 16, 2012 | Photos In The News

Spanish photographer Daniel Leal Olivas, who reached the Syrian village of Tremseh on Friday July 13, reports that he saw what looked to be the effects of shells fired by tanks in the village. That would contradict the Syrian government’s claims that the Syrian Army did not use heavy weapons, a violation of a UN... More

BBC Fooled by Syrian Rebel Propaganda Photo on Twitter

Posted by on Monday June 4, 2012 | Photojournalism, Photos In The News

The BBC recently suffered a predictable consequence of relying on citizen journalism: It published a photograph circulated on Twitter by a Syrian anti-government activist that purportedly shows dead civilians after a government massacre last month in Houla, Syria. The image turns out to have been misappropriated and mislabeled for the purposes of propaganda. The photo... More

Reuters Photographer Recounts Harrowing Trip Into Syria

Posted by on Thursday March 15, 2012 | Photojournalism

Reuters has posted photographer Zohra Bensemra’s nail-biting account of her recent five-day trip into Syria. With the help of Syrian activists, she slipped across the Turkish border to document the unrest near Idlib, which has come under attack by government forces in recent days. “In Libya, miles divided the warring parties. In Syria, enemies are... More

Photographer William Daniels, Edith Bouvier Safe in Lebanon

Posted by on Thursday March 1, 2012 | Photojournalism

Agence France Presse reports that French photographer William Daniels has managed to escape from Homs, Syria to safety in Lebanon with French reporter Edith Bouvier. The two journalists had been trapped in the besieged city for more than a week. Bouvier’s leg was badly injured when Syrian troops fired mortars at a makeshift media center... More

Remembering 13 Unsung Heroes of Photojournalism

Posted by on Wednesday February 29, 2012 | Photojournalism

News stories of the deaths in Syria of American reporter Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik totaled in the thousands last week. That was followed by hundreds of stories yesterday about the rescue of British photographer Paul Conroy, who was injured in the same attack in Homs, Syria that killed Ochlik and Colvin. Lost... More

Injured Photographer Paul Conroy Smuggled Out of Syria

Posted by on Tuesday February 28, 2012 | Photojournalism

British photographer Paul Conroy, who was injured last week in an attack on a makeshift media center in Homs, Syria that killed two other journalists, has been smuggled to safety in Lebanon, the Associated Press reports. Syrian activists smuggled Conroy out last night. According to The Guardian, the activists came under attack while they were... More