Posts Tagged ‘syria’

Journalist Blames Photographer’s Reckless Behavior for the Kidnapping of Freelancer Steven Sotloff

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It’s unlikely that pointing fingers and placing blame will do anything to help freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped in 2013 and is currently being held by ISIS, the same militant group who executed photojournalist James Foley on video.

But blame is being placed, and there’s a lesson to be learned from the supposed actions of one Canadian photographer initially identified only as “Alex.” Read more…

AFP Apologizes for Syndicating Stolen Image, Wired in by Stringer Covering War In Iraq

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Agence France-Presse, more commonly known as AFP, is in the hot seat once again, less than a year after they and Getty were ordered to pay $1.2 million to photographer Daniel Morel. This time though, the ordeal is far less expensive, ending with an apology shared on Facebook.

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Terrifying GoPro Footage Captures Syrian Tanks Wreaking Destruction

Editor’s Note: Although there is no direct footage of men dying, fighters on both sides lose their lives during this footage. It is not for the faint of heart.


Iconic conflict photographers are thought of as such because they do something that your standard news coverage just can’t do: they show the realities of war. Statistics enumerating the number of people killed or displaced by conflict are just numbers on a page until someone captures the reality of these numbers on film… or sensor.

The video above was not shot by a conflict photographer, but it too captures that reality of war in a profound and shocking way. For an hour, you can spend time looking through the eyes of a Syrian tank column as it wreaks unimaginable havoc. Read more…

Canadian Freelance Photojournalist Killed in Syrian Air Strike

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Another of the photographers who had been bravely providing coverage from the front lines of the Syrian conflict lost his life on Sunday when a Syrian air strike dropped a barrel bomb on a rebel-held area of Aleppo. Read more…

Shocking ‘Second a Day’ Video Delivers a Powerful Anti-War Message

“Just because it isn’t happening here, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.” That’s the tagline of one of the most powerful, shocking ad campaign we have ever run across.

Put together by Save the Children UK, this campaign uses the popular ‘second per day video’ lifelogging concept to drive home an anti-war message in the most stark and unsettling way, focusing on how war affects children. Read more…

Gruesome Photographs Smuggled Out of Syria Show Widespread Torture, Execution

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A single courageous photographer could turn the tide of Syria’s bloody civil war, after he snuck out of the country with thousands of images documenting brutal torture by the nation’s totalitarian regime. Read more…

MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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Young Reuters Freelance Photojournalist Killed While Covering Syrian Conflict

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A young photographer who was freelancing for news agency Reuters chronicling the ongoing clash between rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria was killed Friday while covering a battle at a hospital in Aleppo. Read more…

My Experience Photographing on the Front Lines of the Syrian Civil War

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It’s cold. The air is stinging my ears and my hands are numb. I pull back on my gloves and resume huddling in the conner of the courtyard. It’s December in Aleppo and the air is bitter, but the overwhelming sense of dread comes not from the cold, but from overhead. Early morning, midday, through the night; the aerial bombardment doesn’t stop. The sound of a jet buzzing overhead and those terrible trails of white streaming from the underbelly as missiles launch. Distant blasts and then closer ones. Mortar strikes as well. Silence and then an explosion. Read more…

Conflict Photographer Shares What He’s Learned in 20 Years of Covering War

Photojournalism can be a dangerous profession, especially for those photojournalists who are drawn to conflict photography. Once such photojournalist is Reuters photographer Goran Tomasevic, who has been putting his life on the line in war zones for over 20 years.

In the video above, the seasoned conflict photographer shares some of what he’s learned over all of these years spent in conflict zones. Lessons that range from what moments he tries to capture, to some thoughts on war in general. (Note: the video contains some strong imagery) Read more…

US Government Calls Syrian President’s Instagram Debut a ‘Despicable PR Stunt’

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In a move roundly criticized by the U.S. State Department, embattled Syrian Pres. Bashat Assad has taken to Instagram to promote jarringly bucolic images of life in the war-torn nation.
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