“I funded it myself because I couldn’t find one publication that would even give me $1,000 to help fund it,”
Photographer Evan Abramson in an interview with PDN, on the financial risks he took to fund this six week shoot in Africa.
The interview is a great read, as it highlights how difficult it can be to get a story like this off the ground. As for the final product, compelling.
A must watch.
As temperatures rise and water supplies dry up, semi-nomadic tribes along the Kenyan-Ethiopian border increasingly are coming into conflict with each other. When the Water Ends
focuses on how worsening drought will pit groups and nations against one another. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/clients/when-the-water-ends-for-yale360
Q. In Vietnam, there was the classic Eddie Adams image of the police chief shooting the Viet Cong prisoner in the head or Nick Ut’s picture of the girl running naked from a napalm attack. People say there haven’t been any classic images out of Iraq.
A. There is sensory overload, no doubt. The reason why the photographs don’t get recognized is because there are so many of them. In Vietnam, there were these key moments because there was limited media. In Iraq, those iconic images just disappear because there’s one iconic image today; tomorrow there’ll be another iconic image.
Photojournalist Joao Silva in an interview with the NY Times on The Lens Blog
Christopher Anderson and Teru Kuwayama on War Photography
“It’s not actually the dead, the physical destruction, that takes the toll: It’s this sense of this endless cycle. It’s hard to go and watch the similar sort of circumstances play themselves out over and over again.”
Christopher Anderson, Magnum Photographer, War: Middle East
“I get questions on a daily basis from journalists heading for Afghanistan—most of them are about body armor—but it’s the traffic that’s most likely to kill you.”
Teru Kuwayama, Photographer. From Gizmodo story Ask a Pro: How to Shoot (and Not Get Shot) in a War Zone via APE
It’s hard to look at a photo from some worn torn country and have any real idea what it took for the photographer to get it; what conditions they put up with; how much gear they carry or even the mental fatigue from living and working in a combat zone. Both these links provide a fascinating insider look to what it takes, and in the case of Teru Kuwayama’s post on Gizmodo, what to watch out for.