Photographers in War Zones
Posted by David Ozanich — 21 Apr 2011
Members of the Palestinian Fatah al-Intifada run through an obstacle course during a military show as part of a graduating ceremony at Saladin camp, near Damascus July 15, 2010. (Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters)
Yesterday's sad news about the violent deaths of photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros continues to reverberate throughout the media.
Recently the Big Picture praised photographers in war zones for their difficult and committed work. The Boston Globe's photo editors write:
Readers and picture editors view the pictures of conflict in safety and comfort. But for the soldiers fighting the wars, and the civilians caught up in them, conflict is anything but safe and comfortable. We are witness to their stories and tragedies thanks to people who willingly put themselves into the same lines of fire as the protagonists - photographers. Covering conflict has always been dangerous, and many famous photojournalists have given their lives doing it. Robert Capa, Larry Burrows - the list is awful and endless. But lately several incidents have made it seem like the dangers have increased. Land mines have seriously wounded photographers in the past few years. Two photographers for the New York Times, Lynsey Addario and Tyler Hicks, were taken prisoner with their writing colleagues for several days in Libya, and were beaten and abused. Other photographers have gone missing as well, such as Khaled al-Hariri, Roberto Schmidt, Joe Raedle, and Altaf Qadri. All are safe now. The same cannot be said for Sabah al-Bazee, who was killed in in an attack on a government building in Tikrit, Iraq.
They've collected images from several of the photographers mentioned above. I've included a few here.
A rebel fighter stands at a roundabout in the center of town in Ajdabiya, Libya on March 15. Government forces approached the city and launched air and artillery attacks on the city. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
Rebel lines appeared to crumble near the oil town of Ras Lanuf as government forces pressed an offensive with tanks and artillery east towards strategic oil towns March 11. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times)