Why we do it? 13 photographers and photo editors talk about their motivation
For this post, my last as editor of TIME LightBox, I asked 13 of my colleagues – some of the many photographers and photo editors who have influenced and inspired me over my last ten years in this industry – to answer these essential questions: Why do they do it? Why do they wake up every morning ready to take photographs, to edit them, to publish them? Why is photography important to them and, by extension, to all of us?
Todd Heisler, a New York Times staff photographer, worked with the reporter Dave Philipps on a report about suicides in the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment. In 2008, the 2/7 deployed to a wild swath of Helmand Province in Afghanistan and suffered more casualties than any other Marine battalion that year. Below, Mr. Heisler recounts his experiences during the reporting of the article.