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Poll: Could you be a war photographer?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Damien_Demolder, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. Damien_Demolder

    Damien_Demolder Well-Known Member

    An abundance of subject matter over the past decade has delivered a new generation of war photographers, and a new wave of deaths among those who feel compelled to photograph conflict. Just recently we have lost the French photographer Rémi Ochlik to the Syrian government, and last year it was Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington – killed in Misrata, during the Libyan revolution.

    It is easy to see what makes a journalist travel to places of unrest, and while it is equally easy to romanticise war, I don’t honestly believe many photographers head to a danger zone having not thought very carefully about what they are doing.

    To put your life on the line, as these people do, you have to be pretty passionate about what you are photographing. Either the injustice of the conflict has to move you, or the general principle of informing the world about what is going on in a particular region will draw you there. The cause may be worth dying for, but the effect is often not. Certainly in the UK, the population at large is more concerned with Dancing on Ice than anything beyond the bare facts of crises in foreign states. It is right these events are witnessed and shared, but I wonder if I could do it.

    Head to the homepage to vote in this week's poll - Could you be a war photographer?


  2. beejaybee

    beejaybee Marvin

    I've snapped incidents that have happened where I happened to be, and sold the images (though not for enough money to keep me in anything approaching luxury). I wouldn't go looking for trouble though I appreciate the efforts of those that do, especially those that have the skills to make a photo narrative report rather than simply snapping records of the aftermath of events.

    Could I be a war photographer? Well there was a time many years ago when it would have been a possibility as a career choice. I went a different way and am now far too decrepit to be anything other than a liability to anyone who was near to me in a confilct situation.
  3. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    No, not now I am married. I had considered photojournalism (most likely back in Africa) when I was younger.

    The danger with the role is not just the bullets, but being blinded to your own prejudice and world view. An impartial photojournalist is a rare yet extraordinary thing.
  4. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    No not at all.

    Not an avenue I'm interested in.
  5. LargeFormat

    LargeFormat Well-Known Member

    Son in law was, that's how he met my daughter in Sudan. They are still both involved in war zones, wish they weren't.
  6. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    After 20 years in the Middle East, with a couple of wars, several border disputes, multiple assassinations of heads-of-state and more air raids than the Luftwaffe, not to mention serious civil unrest and a civil war, I guess I could hack it.

    Mind you, as a civilian there is always the possibilty of getting shot just for carrying a camera.

    Note to the mods - no, I do not want my old title back, thank you very much! :p
  7. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I'm not at all sure that I could have done, even when younger and free from the worries and responsibilities that having a family brings. Certainly I'd have found it very difficult to remain impartial, even assuming I was brave enough, which is doubtful.
  8. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    I would like to think I could ... as I have shot a lot of stuff, for
    lack of a better term, but, see as I have never done I am not honestly sure
    I could.


  9. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Not for me, but I admire those that do
  10. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    I, also, wanted to say that a mate of mine has done (and is still doing) the War Photog gig and I am proud to say that, when he was talking about doing it at the age of 18 or 19 way back in 1990/91, I was one of the few people/photogs who "did not" tell him he was nuts to be even considering it and that he should go to PJ school in Ontario. -- the school is Loyalist College --.

    Regardless of what people said, he went and below is brief bio:


    B@llsy kid, at the time, and would I, could I have ?????


  11. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Nissin Machine gun flash.... at the top of this week's mag cover; coincidence or not?

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