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Reaction to Death of Photojournalists

The LA Times’ James Rainey writes on the reaction of in the photojournalism community to the deaths this past week of two acclaimed and popular photographers, Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington.

Some photographers pulled back from their work. Others vowed they would stay in the game but change their personal rules of engagement. Many revisited their worst misgiving — that no matter how many times they risk their lives, much of the public can’t be bothered with misery in far-off places.

Photographer Ashley Gilbertson talks of an experience he had after an Iraqi woman was killed by insurgents and how it changed his perspective:

“Standing there at her funeral,” Gilbertson said, “I thought nothing is going to bring her back. It all just became too much. I felt like I wasn’t helping anymore. Readers didn’t seem to be engaging. I felt like I had to find a different way to do this.”

It’s kind of hard to imagine the drive and passion one must have for such work to willingly travel into some of the scariest places on earth. Many escape one close call after the next, but as recent events remind us, you can only tempt fate so many times.

As a recent Newsweek piece says:

Anthony Feinstein, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, has plumbed the psyches of some 350 veteran combat journalists, finding that nearly a third suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, sparked in part, he believes, by the tension between being an actor and an observer, seeing suffering but not helping. Many are burdened with a sense of alienation, unable to explain to friends in the “straight world” what they’ve seen and why it keeps drawing them back. Some have lost all perspective on what they’ve experienced. War reporters are unique, Feinstein concludes in his 2006 book Journalists Under Fire, because for them alone, “war is the catalyst, not the nemesis, to their creativity.”

Source: LA Times and Newsweek

Two Photojournalists Killed in Libya

Chris Hondros  Photo: Getty Images

Two prominent journalists were killed covering fighting in Misrata, Libya yesterday, a sad reminder about how dangerous a job it is.

According to Framework:

The men were on the front lines covering fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi when an explosion occurred. The blast was believed to have been caused by a mortar round, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Getty photographer Chris Hondros, 41, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has covered most of the world’s major conflicts since the 1990s. The Washington Post has this slideshow of Hondras’ work. Bobby Ghosh at Time’s Global Spin blog wrote a nice post about him, and Framework has some great reactions from friends and colleagues. The day before his death, one of his photos ran on the front page of the LA Times.

On assignment for Vanity Fair at the time of his death, Tim Hetherington, 41, was just nominated for an Oscar, with Sebastian Junger, for their film Restrepo. His last documentary short called Diary, a personal reflection on his work and career, can be seen here. The New Yorker has a piece reflecting on his work here.

The Guardian has a video of reaction from a doctor, colleague and a Libyan official here.

Panos’ Guy Martin and Corbis’ Michael Christopher Brown were also injured in the attack but appear to be in stable condition.

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