Category: War

  • Industry Insights: Ron Haviv on the changing landscape of conflict photography | 1854 Photography

    Industry Insights: Ron Haviv on the changing landscape of conflict photography
    From cutting through the oversaturated image market to combating fake news, the renowned conflict photographer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker discusses how the role – and risks – of photojournalism continue to shift in the digital age
  • ‘You Are Not A Soldier’: Watch Clip Of Hot Docs Film About André Liohn – Deadline

    ‘You Are Not A Soldier’: Watch Clip Of Hot Docs Film About War Photographer André Liohn
    Brazilian production and distribution outfit Elo Company has unveiled a first look at their new documentary feature You Are Not A Soldier, which will have its world premiere at Hot Docs this week
  • Don McCullin – Photographs by Don McCullin | Exhibition review by Mark Durden | LensCulture
    From his pictures of wars and famines from around the world to his social documentary work in Britain, this retrospective draws together work from all aspects of this British photographer’s remarkable career.
  • Blind – Peter van Agtmael Chronicles the Frontlines of War in the 21st Century

    Peter van Agtmael Chronicles the Frontlines of War in the 21st Century
    While at Yale, van Agtmael also developed a more critical approach to the mythos of America he had consumed as a youth. His friends, Chesa Boudin, now the District Attorney of San Francisco, and Sarah Sillman, currently a staff writer at The New Yorker, shared their perspectives on “how power is used to manipulate people across the political spectrum into a status quo narrative of the nature of American power and justice,” helping him to see beneath the surface of things and find a new way to engage.
  • The Twenty Years War | Conscientious Photography Magazine
    Peter van Agtmael has been documenting the Twenty Year War since its very beginning. I first spoke with him in 2007 and then again ten years later. He has published a number of books, all of them essential records of a country too embroiled in its own senseless militarism to recognise the folly of it all. There’s Disco Night Sept. 11, there is Buzzing at the Sill, and now there is Sorry for the War.
  • We’re Just Sayin: Fifty Years On…
    When I told John I was heading to Vietnam, he said to me… “do a story for me –  call it  Children of War…”    I paused, then bagan to ask, “John, what do you want me to do… ?”  and before I could finish the sentence, he said “No, no!  You tell ME the Story.  YOU’re the journalist, your pictures should show ME the story.”  Over the decades since, I have been immensely glad for that teaching moment.
  • Blind – When War Reporters Document Peace

    When War Reporters Document Peace
    The VII Foundation presents a new book by photographer Gary Knight. Imagine: Reflections on Peace (also published in French as Imagine: Penser la paix), created in collaboration with several photo reporters and journalists, is a collection of 200 images accompanied by reflections on the imperfect construction of peace.
  • A searing elegy on war in Iraq and Afghanistan

    A searing elegy on war in Iraq and Afghanistan
    From 2003 to 2008, Ben Brody worked as a combat photographer in Iraq, capturing both the immense brutality and unseen, candid moments that defined the war.
  • Guerrero at war: chronicling southern Mexico’s forgotten conflict – photo essay | World news | The Guardian
    Alfredo Bosco came to Guerrero on assignment to document southern Mexican villages emptied out by conflict. Over repeated visits he documents the region’s story
  • Photos: The 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War – The Atlantic
    One week ago, on November 10, a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement was signed by the president of Azerbaijan and the prime minister of Armenia, ending six weeks of warfare over disputed territory in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. It is estimated that thousands of fighters and more than a hundred civilians were killed in the fierce conflict. Nagorno-Karabakh—officially part of Azerbaijan, but controlled by ethnic Armenians—broke away from Azerbaijan in a six-year-long war that ended in 1994, but was never completely resolved. In September of this year, simmering conflicts broke out into war once again, with each side blaming the other for escalations. The new ceasefire agreement cedes control of large areas of disputed territory back to Azerbaijan, and places 2,000 Russian soldiers in the area to act as peacekeepers. As the handover date approached last weekend, some villagers set their own homes on fire before fleeing to Armenia.
  • The Life and Times of War Reporter Robert Fisk

    The Life and Times of War Reporter Robert Fisk
    If you want a great primer on Fisk, who recently passed away, look to the documentary This is Not a Movie.
  • ‘War was my life.’ Gary Knight on a career spent in conflict | British GQ
    Gary Knight has documented conflicts in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Cambodia, Northern Ireland and farther afield. In this extract from a new book, Imagine: Reflections On Peace, the photographer looks back on a career characterised in equal parts by violence and hope and asks what it really means to be at peace
  • Thana Faroq: “I documented women displaced by the war. Now I’m one of them” – British Journal of Photography
    Faroq left her native Yemen a year after the war broke out in 2015, and never returned. The experience recast her practice, and she began to turn the camera on herself
  • How Photographers Have Captured War and Unrest in Lebanon

    How Photographers Have Captured War and Unrest in Lebanon
    Lebanon Then and Now at the Middle East Institute creates a dialogue between two generations of Lebanese photographers.
  • How losing both legs and an arm covering the war in Afghanistan gave photographer Giles Duley a reason to live | South China Morning Post
    “People have asked me if I regret going to Afghanistan and whether any one photograph is worth losing your legs for,” says Duley, who is currently engaged on a long-term project photographing health workers in Britain and their battle to contain the coronavirus.
  • Abood Hamam: ‘A picture can kill you or save your life’ – BBC News
    For years Abood Hamam chronicled the war in Syria for news outlets all over the world without ever revealing his name – and despite being employed by different warring parties. He began as photographer to the presidential couple – Bashar and Asma al-Assad. Later he filmed Islamic State’s victory parade. Now, finally, he’s broken cover, to encourage exiles to return to his beloved hometown, Raqqa.
  • Crisis in the Sahel Becoming France’s Forever War – The New York Times

    Riding along with French troops hunting Islamic militants in France’s unwinnable West African war
  • Guillaume Chauvin takes an unexpected approach to wartime photography in Ukraine
    In signature documentary style, the French photographer has been capturing the ongoing conflict in the Donbass region.
  • I Went to Iraq to Take Photographs. I Stayed On as a Medic. – The New York Times

    When I first arrived in Iraq a week earlier, I had no intention of going to Mosul. In addition to being a nurse, I’m a photojournalist. My original plan was to photograph women living in displaced-persons camps. But then I met Pete, an E.M.T. and a former United States Marine. For the past several months, he had been in Iraq running a mobile medical team founded by Slovak medics and made up of foreign volunteers. Most of the medical facilities operated by humanitarian aid organizations were located far from the fighting, too far to treat severely wounded trauma patients in time. Because civilian trauma care was not close by, and the Iraqi security forces’ mandate was to only treat military victims, Pete’s team made a deal: Bring us civilians, and we will boost your capacity to treat your own men. They agreed.
  • Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 7 February, 2020 – Photojournalism Now

    Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 7 February, 2020
    For those of us who work in journalism the myth of the cavalier photojournalist who rushes toward conflict with zeal is well established. Robert Capa’s famous comment about photographers needing to get close to the action in order to capture the best picture is part of industry folklore. Don McCullin has spoken about the adrenalin rush of going to war, likening it to drug addiction. Tim Page’s antics during the Vietnam War have been immortalised in pop culture, Dennis Hopper’s character in the movie Apocalypse Now modelled on the British photographer. Yet while there are those who are lauded as celebrities, the vast majority of conflict photojournalists work in the background, committing themselves to covering some of the world’s darkest moments, to bearing witness to history, largely invisible to the outside world. Glory and money do not motivate them. In fact, these days it is more difficult to make ends meet than ever before. So what drives an individual to the frontline or to document the depths of human misery?