I’m paging through my BlackBerry, looking for a phone number in the T’s and unexpectedly come across someone else: Tim Hetherington. I pause on the name for a minute and think about deleting it. It’s over two weeks since he and fellow journalist Chris Hondros were killed while working in Libya.
There’s a conversation happening in the photojournalism world about the future. Photographers are grappling with how to keep the business of their craft alive by incorporating new tools and platforms without sacrificing traditions. In pictures: The Rebirth of Photojournalism Click on each thumbnail to see the full image with caption.
The job of a journalist can be a challenge in any country. But getting the story in Pakistan and Afghanistan, especially for female journalists, can be more like a mission. According to a March report on press freedom in Afghanistan, the number of women training to be journalists there has sharply declined during the seven-year tenure of President Hamid Karzai.
When journalists watched American bombers strike Taliban positions in northern Afghanistan weeks after 9/11, Iraq wasn’t part of the story. But the Middle East can be like a kaleidoscope: a slight shift and the whole picture changes. Seven years later, both Iraq and Afghanistan remain difficult, dangerous places for journalists to work.