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An insider look at Kurdistan’s fight against ISIS

Photographer Joey L. has been embedded with Kurdish guerrilla groups for years, capturing the human side of a fast-evolving conflict.

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How this Syrian filmmaker captured war first-hand

When civil war broke out in Syria, Waad Al-Kateab picked up the camera – and didn’t put it down. The resulting documentary, co-directed with Edward Watts, humanises a conflict most of us only know through statistics.

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‘We face a different danger,’ war photographer Paul Conroy says – Committee to Protect Journalists

In a Q&A with CPJ, British war photographer Paul Conroy discusses his last assignment with Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin in Syria, in 2012, and the dangers for photojournalists, especially when covering conflict.

‘Fighting But No Progress’ in Libya’s Capital. Inside the Surreal Siege of Tripoli | Time

Magnum photographer Lorenzo Meloni first went to Libya after the uprising that led to the death of Gaddafi. His latest series of photographs from April and May depicts the exhaustion of fighters who have again been called to the front line. Many on the ground told him of the betrayal they felt after having been backed by U.S. airstrikes as they ousted ISIS from Sirte in 2016, only to be abandoned now. Libya has now become “a small Syria,” Meloni says. “There is fighting but no progress.”

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Seeing War Abroad and at Home Through the Eyes of Don McCullin – Feature Shoot

At the age of 83, British photojournalist Sir Don McCullin decidedly declared, “I’m not an artist” — while standing inside a major retrospective of his work now on view at the Tate in London through May 6, 2019.

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Nihilistic Photojournalism? Don McCullin at Tate Britain – Disphotic

I went to Don McCullin’s current retrospective at Tate Britain with some trepidation. Both in terms of the things I knew the exhibition would ask me to look at, but also in terms of the stance the exhibition would take on photojournalism itself.

Beautiful Deaths – Witness

These are Goya’s Disasters of War, a series of 82 prints made between 1810 and 1820 that show the horrors of war and its aftermath during the Spanish Napoleonic Wars. They are etchings, not photographs, but they are complete in their depiction of atrocity; there is death, mutilation, torture, execution, rape, pillage, starvation, sorrow, disgust and despair in unflinching detail. They show the effect of war on the civilian population and, in his etchings of the aftermath of the war and the restoration of a flawed monarchy and church, the ways in which suffering, corruption and war are linked to wider structures of power.

The True Story Behind an Iconic Vietnam War Photo Was Nearly Erased — Until Now – The New York Times

A celebrated book and a major museum exhibition
revealed the harrowing tale behind the image
of a wounded Marine. Their version was wrong

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‘Everyone was leaving, and we were trying to get back in’: A photographer remembers the end of the Soviet Afghan War – The Washington Post

Viktor Khabarov, 67, was a major in the Soviet military, working among the troops as a photographer. While the Kremlin made lofty decisions about the conflict from Moscow, he saw it close up, on the ground. From 1986 to 1989, he hopped in and out of Afghanistan on assignment for Red Star, the Soviet (and now Russian) military newspaper.

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How War Affects Photojournalists – Artsy

Even when photojournalists return from war zones physically unscathed, their experiences can continue to burden their psyches. They might suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or anguish over their roles in witnessing human tragedy. But they do so to inform the public about the costs of war and to shape news coverage about global events. “When we look at these marvelous images, we find them compelling, moving, and sometimes shattering,” says neuropsychiatrist Dr. Anthony Feinstein. “We don’t think about the men and women who take the photographs.” In a new book, Feinstein aims to rectify that oversight.

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Beyond war with conflict photographer Yuri Kozyrev

He talked in Moscow with host Nathan Thornburgh, who worked alongside Kozyrev throughout Russia and the Caucasus while they were both at TIME magazine. They talked about the late great Stanley Greene, about traveling with mujahedin, and about why it was hard to quit war for good.

Life After Horrific Death for the Journalist James Foley – The New York Times

Mrs. Foley has a desperately keen understanding of what happens in a conflict zone. “Jim” was her son, the freelance photojournalist James W. Foley. He was kidnapped in 2012 while covering the Syrian civil war, held hostage for 21 months and brutally murdered in 2014 by members of the Islamic State in an execution filmed by his captors and released online. Many remember his death, but his mother and Mr. McCallum, who is painting a series based on Mr. Foley’s work, want people to remember his chronicle of war, its human cost and his humanity.

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Beyond the Myth of the War Photographer – The New York Times

The psychiatrist Anthony Feinstein explores this complexity in his book, “Shooting War” (Glitterati Editions). Starting with a single, striking image from each photographer, Dr. Feinstein profiles 18 conflict photographers, including Don McCullin, Tim Hetherington and Corinne Dufka, and examines their motivations, traumas, and, most important, their resilience.

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Band of brothers: The lives and deaths of war photographers – CBS News

In its own way, the South Bronx itself was a war zone back in the 1980s. “I got here in ’86 and it was awful.  Shootings every day, just really bad violence,” said Mike Kamber. He’d taken all the money he’d saved shooting photographs for The New York Times in actual war zones, and bought a building in the South Bronx in 2010.

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‘Under the Wire’ Review: Portrait of a War Reporter – The New York Times

Piggybacking on the recent release of the based-on-real-life drama “A Private War,” “Under the Wire” — sewn together from on-the-spot footage and interviews with colleagues — drops us into conflict zones with disorienting immediacy. Our primary guide is Paul Conroy, the plain-spoken British photographer who partnered with Colvin and was severely injured in the 2012 rocket attack in Syria that killed her and another reporter outright.

Review: In ‘Under the Wire,’ war photographer Paul Conroy bears witness to a terrible loss – Los Angeles Times

The recent biopic “A Private War” explores the interiority of war correspondent Marie Colvin’s life. But the documentary “Under the Wire,” featuring Colvin’s colleague, photojournalist Paul Conroy, painstakingly details Colvin’s final days before her death while reporting from Homs, Syria, in February 2012.

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