Photojournalist Ron Haviv
“The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL,” President Barack Obama said on Wednesday
. “He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away.”
Around the time of the speech, I was discussing the impact of honest photographic reporting on an Associated Press Photo Managers’ online panel. One the many takeaways from the panel: The role of the photojournalist is often misunderstood. These women and men see themselves as the eyes and ears of the community. One just needs to ponder the disconcerting experience of seeing this focused group of individuals who rush to the epicenter of drama and trauma while others flee for safety.
Take Ron Haviv, co-owner of VII Photo, whom I spoke with this week. He has been taken hostage three times.
He said contrary to popular opinions, all photographers covering conflict zones are not adrenaline junkies solely out to make a name for themselves. Read more