'Covering war is perilous for anyone, but photographers are more exposed'

New York Times

New York Times executive editor Bill Keller explains why:

They need a sustained line of sight to frame their photographs; a reliable source is never enough. And they cannot avert their eyes; they have to let the images in, no matter how searing or disturbing. Robert Capa’s famous advice to younger photographers — “Get closer" — translates in combat to “get more vulnerable,” both literally and emotionally.

He asks: "Why do they do this crazy work?" The editor's answer: "They do it for the most mundane of reasons (to feed their families) and the most idealistic (to make the world pay attention) and the most visceral (it is exhilarating; it is fun) and the somewhat existential."

> Keller talks to war photographers Silva and Marinovich

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  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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