“What war do you wish you could photograph?” So begins the commercial for the latest instalment of Call of Duty: Vanguard which will be released in a few days by Activision. The commercial has done what it set out to do and has brought much attention, particularly from the photography world. The game itself was created in 2003 and is a well known first-person shooter game that started out based on World War II. What is different with the latest update is the inclusion of a war photographer mode, where players can run around taking screenshots rather than shooting guns.
Being a war photographer is a tough gig. Very tough. I’m not talking from personal experience, of course, but I have been good friends with a couple. I know it’s definitely not the kind of photography gig I’m cut out for or would want to do. But for folks like American photojournalist, Lynsey Addario, covering combat is just another day in the office.
In this interview with Vice, Lynsey opens up about her life as a photojournalist, and how it caused her to be kidnapped. Twice.
Whether or not you are into documentary and war photography, I believe that you’ve heard of Robert Capa. But even if not, here’s a beautiful video by Martin Kaninsky of YFM Street Photography. He’ll tell you about the man who was described as “the greatest war photographer in the world,” sharing plenty of amazing photos Capa took over the course of his career.
While covering clashes between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State militant group in Syria, Italian freelance photojournalist Gabriele Micalizzi was severely injured. He was photographing the conflict in the village of Baghuz on 11 February 2019 when shrapnel hit him. Luckily, he survived and is recovering – and he claims that his Leica cameras saved his life.
American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan, best known for his combat photography, passed away on 7 June in Grasse, France. During his career, he covered various conflicts, including the Pacific War, Korean War, and the Vietnam conflict. He shot for prominent media such as the New York Times, LIFE magazine and many other publications.
The job of a photojournalist is difficult and surrounded by danger. Still, we often argue about the ethics of photojournalism. The opinions vary whether they should be taking photos, or help those in need when things get tough.
Photographer and activist Abd Alkader Habak made his decision last weekend, when a bomb hit a convoy of buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian villages. 126 people were killed, and the blast briefly knocked out the photographer himself. But when he recovered consciousness, he didn’t take photos. He took action instead and helped the injured in the explosion.
How do you feel when you see a major historic document right before your eyes? And what about seeing dozens of images that testify about the past? A series of images by Henryk Ross from the Nazi-occupied Jewish ghetto could make you feel the connection with the past you’ve never felt before. The series of images is very strong and emotional, and it could draw tears to your eyes. Some of them are also very graphical and not easy to digest.
It’s not about the photos of war and destruction; at least these are not the only things you’ll see. Ross managed to document daily lives of these people and smiles on their faces despite the conditions in which they lived. And he did it all secretly, risking his life. According to the Polish laws, the images are under public domain and can be shared. So we are sharing them, along with their incredible story.
Japanese law allows the government to confiscate a national’s passport in order to protect his life. This step was taken for the first time on Saturday night (Japan time) when freelance photographer Yuichi Sugimoto’s passport was taken to ensure he does not travel to Syria.
In a recent interview conducted by Sky Arte, iconic photojournalist, Steve McCurry, recounts his experience photographing the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. McCurry shared the interview online today, the 13th anniversary of the attacks.
The photographer was in New York City in an apartment within eyesight of the towers when the attacks happened, an experience which he delves into with a heavy heart during 30-minute video clip below. The documentary style interview also affords McCurry a chance to talk about his other works, including Afghan Girl, one of his most well known works.[Read More…]