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A photojournalist and a marine reveal their journey back from war

Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War by Thomas J. Brennan USMC (Ret) and Finbarr O'Reilly Veteran combat photographer Finbarr O’Reilly, on assignment in Afghanistan, and Sgt. Thomas James Brennan of the U.S. Marine Corps struck up a friendship in one of the world’s most hostile environments, amid an uncertain war, the photojournalist writes in a Lens blog post.

It was 2010 and both had found themselves amid Taliban territory in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, when a grenade explosion knocked the soldier unconscious. O’Reilly made photographs of the immediate aftermath, unaware then that the event would bind the two men’s experiences in untold ways.

We don’t often discuss the issue publicly, but war correspondents experience similar rates of post-traumatic stress as combat veterans (about one in four, according to experts). The causes can be different, but guilt plays a prominent role for both. During his years in combat, Sergeant Brennan did and saw things that will haunt him forever. My own conscience is nagged by the fact that I was paid to photograph people at their most vulnerable while being able to do little to help. I took pictures of Sergeant Brennan moments after he was injured and nearly killed. Our odd alliance offered us both a shot at redemption.

The friendship developed into a collaboration, various blog posts on the war, and, eventually, a book they co-authored, “Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back From War.”


Source: After Combat, a Photographer and a Marine Find Common Ground – The New York Times

Jonathan Bachman discusses his iconic Black Lives Matter protest image

Jonathan Bachman, a freelance photographer on assignment for Reuters, witnessed protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when he spotted a black woman standing in the middle of a road, arms crossed as she faced a line of police officers in riot gear. Her long, flowing summer dress billowed in the summer breeze, as armed cops moved in to arrest her.

“She had no facial expression at all,” Bachman said. She just stood there.”

Bachman, 31, who was covering the protests sparked by the police shooting of Alton Sterling, 37, was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography. (Daniel Berehulak, a freelance photographer, won the category for his harrowing images of the drug war in the Philippines.)

The image of defiance represented the spirit of the Black Lives Matter movement, which had grown out of recent police shootings of African American men, and it soon went viral, running in hundreds of news outlets over the following day.

In its account of Bachman’s experience behind the photograph, Reuters wrote:

The Atlantic magazine called the image “a single photo from Baton Rouge that’s hard to forget,” while the BBC hailed it as “legendary.” The Washington Post said it “captured a critical moment for the country,” while Britain’s Daily Mail website called it “an iconic arrest photo.”

Yet Bachman said he never considered himself part of the story and never even posted it on his social media profiles.

“I was just doing my job,” he said. “I felt like this was going to be an important photo, so I just took it.”

Daniel Berehulak, E. Jason Wambsgans win 2017 Pulitzer Prizes

NEW YORK — Daniel Berehulak, a freelance photojournalist based out of Mexico City, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for his reportage of the human toll of the Philippine war on drugs launched by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Daniel Berehulak
Daniel Berehulak

Berehulak, a three-time Pulitzer finalist and two-time winner, documented 57 homicides in 35 days in chilling detail in the capital of Manila.

The photo reportage, titled ‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals,’ depicted the aftermath of extrajudicial killings on urban streets — from the bloody crime scenes to the child mourners left behind, from the victims’ empty homes to the overworked funeral homes that struggle to deal with the body count of vigilante violence.

“For powerful storytelling through images published in The New York Times showing the callous disregard for human life in the Philippines brought about by a government assault on drug dealers and users,” the Pulitzer Prize jury wrote.

E. Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography.

The jury wrote that the prize was awarded “for a superb portrayal of a 10-year-old boy and his mother striving to put the boy’s life back together after he survived a shooting in Chicago.”