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.”
Photographer Don Usner photographs lowriders, among other subjects related to his lifelong love for Northern New Mexico’s natural and cultural history. The cars, he says, “are incredible creations, beautiful art pieces.” But he adds that his work is “more about the people and seeing the cars as an expression of their cultural ethos. What’s exciting... More ›
When Pakistan’s envoy to the UN accused India of attacking civilians in the disputed region of Kashmir, she waved a photo she claimed showed the bruised face of Kashmiri girl who had been struck by fire from a pellet gun used by the Indian army. There was one problem: The photo was taken in Gaza,... More ›
Photojournalist Natalie Keyssar discusses how women (and photographers of color) are denied the same opportunities as white men in the photo industry, and why that needs to change. “It robs everyone, including white men, of the ability to understand other perspectives. In such a terribly polarized country as we’re in today, lack of empathy... More ›