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Priya Ramrakha’s Brief, Heroic Life as a Conflict Photographer, in Africa and Beyond | The New Yorker

first met Priya Ramrakha on a back street in Kampala, Uganda, in 1966. I was helping him and his editor at Time/Life, where I worked as a stringer and a fixer, to rent an aircraft to fly to Bukavu, in the eastern Congo, where some white mercenaries had taken over the town. Hiring the small plane required tedious paperwork in a government office, so, while the editor filled out an application, Priya wandered outside, into the equatorial sunshine and the broken road, his camera around his neck, and I followed. A large, dark snake, probably a mamba, highly poisonous, lay dead in the road. Priya stood over it. He cocked his head, then he raised his camera and looked through the viewfinder. He did not snap a picture; he paced around the snake and continued to examine it through his camera lens, bringing it into focus, enlarging it, studying it. I realized then that that was how he saw the world—that the camera was an extension of his brain and his eye, and that it did not shy away from danger or death.

Photojournalist is remembered as innovator, problem-solver | Nation and World News |

ATLANTA>> Jim Dietz, who helped photojournalists to document history on the world’s biggest stages, died while on assignment to cover the Super Bowl in Atlanta. He was 53.

The Half King Is Dead. Long Live the Half King. – The New York Times

The Half King, a bar and restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, has been for the better part of two decades a watering hole for writers, photographers and filmmakers. On a given afternoon, you might have seen journalists and their editors discussing projects over coffee at one of the pub’s wooden booths. You may have passed publicists sharing baskets of jalapeño poppers with prospective authors in the adjacent dining room. You may have overheard war-hardened combat photographers swapping violent scenes of faraway places over $5 happy hour draft beers along the lengthy stretch of bar top.

Carl Caruso, former Chicago Tribune photojournalist who spearheaded color photography, dies at 92 – Chicago Tribune

Carl Caruso started at the Chicago Tribune as a copy boy, launching a 45-year career in which he also worked as a photographer, and managed and modernized the newspaper’s photo lab.

Jonestown 40 years later: The story of a cameraman who lost his life –

When the bullets started spitting his way on that day in 1978 on the jungle airstrip in Guyana, Bob Brown did what he had always done as a news cameraman. He kept filming.

Jean Mohr, 93, Photographer Who Found Heart Amid Bleakness, Dies – The New York Times

Jean Mohr, a Swiss photographer who brought a humanist’s eye to refugee camps, the Palestinian territories and places of distress all over the world, died on Saturday in Geneva. He was 93.

Pamplin Media Group – Photojournalist Jim Vincent dies at 86

“Almost every time after an assignment, he’d walk up to the news desk with a big grin and his hands behind his back,” says former editor Nick Bertram. “Slowly he’d pull out a photo, then another, then another, and finally he’d drop his best shot on the desk with a triumphant smile.”

Obituary: Pulitzer-Winning AP Photographer Alan Diaz, 71 | PDNPulse

Alan Diaz, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for his photo of federal immigration agents seizing Elián González, the six-year-old Cuban refugee at the center of an international custody dispute, died July 3, according to an AP report. He was 71.

Remembering South African Photographer David Goldblatt | Time

South African photographer David Goldblatt, born in 1930, made images that were shaped by the political history with which his lifespan intersected, and he possessed a singular drive to capture the truths of his country in a manner that was both urgent and nuanced. When he died on Sunday at 87, he left a legacy of rich reflection in the form of his many books.

In memoriam David Douglas Duncan | Nikon Rumors

Some readers are probably not aware that photographer David Douglas Duncan (1916-2018) made the Nikon and Nikkor brand names known all over the world when he was covering the Korean war in 1950:

Photojournalist David Douglas Duncan Dies at 102

Legendary American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan has died. One of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, Duncan was best known for his combat photographs captured during World War II and the Korean War.

David Douglas Duncan, 102, Who Photographed the Reality of War, Dies – The New York Times

Under the helmets, the faces are young and tormented, stubbled and dirty, taut with the strain of battle. They sob over dead friends. They stare exhausted into the fog and rain. They crouch in a muddy foxhole. This goddamn cigarette could be the last.

There are no heroes in David Douglas Duncan’s images of war.

Abbas: Magnum photographer who chronicled religions, wars and the Iranian revolution | The Independent

Dismissed in his country of birth, Iran, as a Bahai with an anti-Islam agenda, the photojournalist was an observer of what people across religions do in the name of God

Sam Nzima, Photographer Behind Iconic Apartheid Image, Dies at 83

South African photographer Sam Nzima has died. He’s best known for shooting an iconic photo of the apartheid, a photo of Hector Pieterson being carried after being shot by South African police during the Soweto uprising. Nzima was 83.

Sam Nzima, Who Took Iconic Apartheid Photo, Dies at 83 | PDNPulse

South African photographer Sam Nzima, whose iconic photograph (right) from a Soweto uprising in 1976 helped turn world opinion against apartheid, died Saturday in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, according to press reports. He was 83.

I Could Have Been One of the Journalists Killed in Kabul – The New York Times

On April 30, I read the first tweets about the initial bombing in downtown Kabul as I was going to bed. In Ottawa, the place I have called home for the past four years, news of an attack in Afghanistan always triggers a flurry of text messages to my mother. She assured me that everyone in my family was fine. I woke up an hour later to her texting me about a second blast. A suicide bomber, carrying a camera to blend in, had detonated explosives that killed 25 people, including nine journalists. She wanted to know if I knew any of them. I did.

‘No More Hope’: The Work of a Photojournalist Killed in Kabul – The New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — Through the dark days of the 1990s civil war and the Taliban’s oppressive rule, the Afghan photographer Shah Marai never left his country. As the bloodshed continued after the 2001 American-led invasion, he repeatedly expressed a feeling shared by so many Afghans caught in the devastating cycle: “There is no more hope.”

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