Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 7 February, 2020

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the 10th annual Women’s show at Magnet Galleries, Melbourne, plus a review of Dr. Lauren Walsh’s exceptional book, Conversation…

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?

How do you make people care? Here’s how this award-winning photographer does it. - Poynter

From person-to-person coaching and intensive hands-on seminars to interactive online courses and media reporting, Poynter helps journalists sharpen skills and elevate storytelling throughout their careers.

Andrea Bruce was driving when something caught her eye. “I actually saw them from the road .... I asked, 'What is happening here?'" Unlike most people in the world, Bruce can travel to amazing places. And when she sees something, she can stop.

Andrea Bruce Wins $20K 2018 Anja Niedringhaus Award | PDNPulse

Bruce won for her work focusing on people living in the aftermath of war, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Photographer Andrea Bruce has won the 2018 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) announced on Saturday. The award comes with a $20,000 prize. Two other photographers—Amber Bracken and Rebecca Conway—won honorable mentions.

Andrea Bruce wins the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Anja Niedringhaus, Courage in Photojournalism Award, photojournalism, Andrea Bruce

In April 2014, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed by a police officer in Afghanistan’s Khost province. And for the past four years, Niedringhaus’s dedication and legacy — one that includes a Pulitzer Prize for photography — lives on through the Courage in Photojournalism Award, organized by the International Women’s Media Foundation and named after her.

Andrea Bruce, Aida Muluneh, Carlos Javier Ortiz Win $30K Catchlight Fellowships | PDNPulse

This year's fellowships will support projects about democracy in the U.S., police shootings in California, and photographic representation of Africa.

Photographers Andrea Bruce, Carlos Javier Ortiz and Aida Muluneh have won the 2018 Catchlight Fellowships, the San Francisco-based organization announced today. The winners will each receive a $30,000 grant to support an ongoing project.

Iraq's Current Conflict Foretold

As rebel forces capture Iraqi cities, veteran photojournalists look at the lessons learned and the obstacles that lie ahead for independent coverage in the region.

The growing instability in Iraq was on the minds of members of the NOOR collective, who were in New York last week for an agency meeting. Andrea Bruce, Stanley Greene, Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir Van Lohuizen — all veterans of covering the war — spoke with Michael Kamber, the author of “Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories From Iraq,” an oral history of those who covered the conflict. Their conversation has been edited.

Witness: Andrea Bruce in Damascus

Documentary photographer Andrea Bruce covered Syria before its civil war as well as the rebellions and revolutions of the Middle East of the past several years. “I never saw Iraq before the U.S. invasion,” she says, “And, after being based there on and of

I had no idea what to expect when I first entered the regime side of Syria’s bloody civil war. Images from inside the city of Damascus have been scarce and journalists are rarely granted legal access.

Andrea Bruce Wins First Chris Hondros Award

Andrea Bruce, a freelance photographer for The New York Times and a member of the Noor photo agency , has won the the first Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award. Dominic Bracco II was a finalist.

“Chris was like a brother,” Ms. Bruce said. “We argued over politics and photography. And shared a love for books: he’s the only other person I know to bring Tolstoy on an embed. I trusted him completely and admired his passion and sense of purpose.”

Uncovering the Sadness of Young Deaths

At a refugee camp in Afghanistan, the photographer Andrea Bruce and the reporter Rod Nordland found it hard not to feel a sense of personal responsibility.

Inside the family hut, only women and close male relatives were allowed to mourn over the body of the baby boy, Khan Mohammad, who had died earlier that morning. After Andrea Bruce, on assignment for The New York Times, bent over double and eased her way through the low door of the hut, she counted 17 women, including the mother, plus the boy’s 10-year-old sister Feroza, and the father, in a one-room house no larger than a normal-size bedroom. It was, she said, even colder inside than outside, where at least there was the weak morning sun.

photo-eye Book Reviews: War Is Only Half the Story, Vol. 3

War Is Only Half the Story, Vol. 3 , Photographs by Louie Palu, Asim Rafiqui, Rodrigo Abd, Andrea Bruce, Davide Monteleone, Saiful Huq O...

Photographs by Louie Palu, Asim Rafiqui, Rodrigo Abd, Andrea Bruce, Davide Monteleone, Saiful Huq Omi, Ami Vitale and Donald Weber. The Aftermath Project, 2011. Softcover. 132 pp., black & white and color illustrations throughout, 11x11

Andrea Bruce Leaves Washington Post To Freelance

Although Assange has since spoken in a way that could suggest WikiLeaks was a journalistic collaborator in the effort, the traditional journalists don’t agree with that description. At a press conference on Monday, Assange said that, along with The Guardian, “we had Der Spiegel and New York Times and us in a collaborative basement, if you like, working on this material.” The WikiLeaks website speaks of the three outlets as its “media partners.”


Andrea Bruce, freelance photographer on contract for the Washington Post, has been chosen as the recipient of the White House News Photographers 2009 Project Grant. The grant total of $10,000, half from the WHNPA and a matching amount of $5,000 from PNY Technologies Inc., will fund ‘The Caucasus at the Crossroads: Ingushetia’s Decisive Moment’, which Bruce plans to publish in magazines, major news web-sites and a traveling exhibition in the Caucasus.

She views the world through a camera lens | Journal and Courier


From the Journal and Courier:

Andrea Bruce has seen much of the world through a camera lens. Bruce is a photojournalist for The Washington Post and has been in some of the world’s hottest spots.

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via APAD.

::: The Travel Photographer ::: And the Outrage Continues


The National Press Photographers Association has announced that Andrea Bruce of the Washington Post has been awarded second place in the International News Story with her photo essay on a young girl in Kurdistan being circumcised.

Readers of this blog will recall reading the reasons for my revulsion at this photo essay

Check it out here.

Further discussion here.

Even further discussion here.

via APAD.

Bruce Named WHNPA Photographer of the Year for 4th Time


Washington Post photographer Andrea Bruce has been named 2009 Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association. It’s the fourth time Bruce has won the award.

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A Joyful Welcome Home for Detainees –


By Andrea Bruce

Flipping back a canvas tarp, 12 men squint at the dusty sun and jump, one by one, off the bed of a U.S. military transport truck, dropping to their knees in prayer. They are free.

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In Fallujah, Peace Through Brute Strength –


Photos by Andrea Bruce – The Washington Post

The city’s police chief, Col. Faisal Ismail al-Zobaie, a husky man with a leathered face and a firm voice that resonates with authority, ordered an aide to shut his office door. He turned to his computer. Across the screen flashed a video, purportedly made by the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq.

In the video, branches are thrown into a pit the size of a coffin, then doused with kerosene and ignited. The camera pans to three blindfolded men, kneeling, mouths sealed with tape. Six armed men in black masks stand behind them. One declares: “These three men fought and killed al-Qaeda. We will punish them according to Islam.” The masked men then kick the three into the burning grave.

Zobaie angrily turned off the video. “How can we show mercy to those people?” he asked. “Do you want me to show mercy to them if I capture them?”

Check it out here.