Powerful Short Film Captures the Toll of Wartime Photojournalism

There’s a photography joke that goes, “If you saw a man drowning and you could either save him or photograph the event… what kind of film would you use?”. While this might be a lighthearted jab at photo-lovers, it also reminds us of a very real dilemma photojournalists are often confronted with — the struggle between doing their job by documenting reality and getting involved in the reality they need to document. The short film above, titled “Moment of Truth – Photographer”, provides a powerful glimpse into the mental and emotional toll wartime photojournalists undoubtedly pay quite often.

(via Photoxels)

  • Grzegorz Bobrowski

    Oh poor photographer… what about the toll of civilian casualties? ;-)

  • CantdriveGT5

    It’s easy to romanticize war photography and photographers. Seeing people getting killed in these situations are almost common things that happen. Also, why did she choose to leave on her own when the situation was getting heated? Any war photographer would have chose his/her safety over photos. If you die, you won’t be able to take pictures anymore.

  • Mario Carta

    A little bit of Kevin Carter, perhaps?

  • Nparker8

    what iso do you think was used for that final still?

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