Posts Tagged ‘michaelkamber’

War Photographers Learning Life-Saving Techniques Through Simulations

There’s a new organization called Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) that’s training photographers around the world in first aid, in order to prevent what happened to Tim Hetherington from happening again. Pete Brook of Wired writes,

When photojournalist Tim Hetherington suffered a mortar shell wound to the groin in Libya in April of last year, he ultimately died of massive blood loss. His death, according to friends, may have been prevented. “Tim was my closest friend,” says Michael Kamber […] “He bled to death because he was surrounded by photographers who didn’t know how to stop the bleeding.”

In response to this assessment, Hetherington’s other close friend and co-director of the Oscar winning documentary Restrepo, Sebastian Junger, founded [RISC] of which Kamber sits on the board. The organization simulates real war-injury scenarios […] complete with pools of blood, contorted limbs and frenetic movement amid smoke-clad air, in order to train photographers and journalists in potentially life-saving techniques. “We go to great lengths to achieve the feel of war,” says Kamber.

Check out this video on YouTube for a look at what the training is like.

War Reporters Train in the Bronx, Complete With Blood, Smoke and Gunfire [Wired]


Image credit: Photograph by Katie Khouri/Wired

Photojournalist Michael Kamber on Military Censorship

This audio slideshow interview by BagNewsSalon features New York Times contract photographer Michael Kamber, who discusses the issue of military censorship of photographs shot during the Iraq war and how his ability to document the war became more and more limited as time went on. An interesting point he makes is that uncensored photography should be allowed even if it can’t be published immediately, because it can provide posterity with an accurate view into the past.

Making pictures and getting them published have their own set of rules dictated by government, military, publishers and editors. The images made by the photojournalists who covered the war can reveal a gruesome reality beyond what the American media has shown us. “I think that we need to publish those photos for history even if we can’t get them in the newspaper today,” said Kamber.

A warning: the slideshow includes some pretty intense images of war.

(via A Photo Editor)