Sunday, January 29, 2012

Photographer Adam Ferguson - The shot that nearly killed me: War photographers – a special report - Attacked by a Haitian mob, kidnapped by Gaddafi's troops, shot in Afghanistan … Who'd be a war photographer?

I was one of the first on the scene. The Afghan security forces normally shut down a suicide bombing like this pretty quickly. I was able to get to the epicentre of the explosion. It was carnage, there were bodies, flames were coming out of the buildings. I remember feeling very scared because there was still popping and hissing and small explosions, and the building was collapsing. It was still very fresh and there was a risk of another bomb. It was one of those situations where you have to put fear aside and focus on the job at hand: to watch the situation and document it. .... > > > read more > > >

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Errol Morris: 'We've forgotten that photographs are connected to the physical world'

VideoWriter and Oscar-winning documentary maker Errol Morris talks about the nature of truth, art and propaganda in photography. Drawing examples from the photographs of Abu Ghraib and the Crimean war, cited in his book Believing is Seeing, he argues we've often underplayed the link between photgraphs and the physical world