Attacked by a Haitian mob, kidnapped by Gaddafi’s troops, shot in Afghanistan… who’d be a war photographer?
Being a reporter is one thing, you’re in the middle of a battle, people shooting at your position; people shooting from your position. Your self-preservation instinct is to kiss dirt until the shooting is all over, and someone pats you on the shoulder and says “you can get up now.”
But photographers and videographers are a whole different kind of people. They’re like firefighters, when other run away from danger, they run toward it.
The Guardian has put together a special report on war photographers titled “The shot that nearly killed me…” It’s a good idea to read what these photographers have to say when they were looking death in the eyes in front of them.
Warning some of the images are very graphic. Here’s the link:
After seeing this, see the retrospective of Chris Hondros award-winning photos. He was killed in Misrata, Libya on April 20, 2011. His work has appeared in magazines and newspapers all over the world.