Praise for Conversations
on Conflict Photography
This book offers an extraordinary window into the world of conflict photographers. Traditionally, conflict photographers have been hailed for their bravery on the frontlines. Over and over, I’ve seen that their role is far broader and far more important. They are ground-breaking journalists whose images document war crimes, violence, and human rights abuses and help bring perpetrators to justice.
— David Rohde, Pulitzer Prize winner, The New Yorker
Photographers have the most dangerous job in journalism because they have to go where the action is. Their images have deepened understanding and changed perceptions. But the cost has been high. Many have died; others been traumatized by their experience; and still others have left the profession, unable to comprehend the world’s indifference. Lauren Walsh’s Conversations on Conflict Photography allows the photojournalists who bore witness to step out from behind the lens and tell their own stories. We owe it to them to stop and listen.
— Joel Simon, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists
Conversations on Conflict Photography will no doubt be a go-to book for anyone studying visual journalism. It humanizes what it means to negotiate the business of photographing and reporting on crisis issues by providing a diverse array of viewpoints by many seasoned professionals.
— Karen Marshall, Chair of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program, International Center of Photography
Conversations should be read by anyone interested in war and its consequences. It covers the process and danger of being a conflict photographer, the ethics of photo-graphing combatants and victims, and the layered decisions made before distributing such photographs. Lauren Walsh’s essays and interviews are vital additions to the literature. In an age of instant gratification, Walsh insists that readers question their immediate responses to photographs of conflict.
— Anne Wilkes Tucker, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath and Curator Emerita, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
In this important and timely book, Walsh guides the reader into the lives and thoughts of key photographers and industry professionals who do so much to shape our understanding of international affairs. Her concise summary of the key questions and challenges of conflict reporting is expanded on by her extensive series of interviews that capture the authoritative and authentic voices of those who act as the conduit through which we experience the lives of others caught up in conflict.
— Dr. Paul Lowe, Professor of Documentary Photography, University of the Arts London
In this era of disinformation, circulation of rumors, and threats to journalism, with a public that exhibits apathy and skepticism related to the infobesity, the work of Lauren Walsh is crucial to defending the ideals of photography. These are not the ideals of sensationalism, not a photography focused on spectacle. Rather, the ideal is a photography that captures the world as it is—an ideal of honesty, of trustworthiness, in photography. A conflict photographer is not defined as somebody who takes pictures of conflict in the field. Rather, the conflict photographer, the photojournalist, is somebody who uses a camera and belongs to the ideal of truth, of capturing the reality. Those people are so precious, and take on such risks, that they have to be protected, if we want human beings to be protected. — Christophe Deloire, Secretary General and Executive Director, Reporters Sans Frontières / Reporters Without Borders
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