Conflict Photography


by Zoe Pollock

The NYT's Lens blog speaks with nine photojournalists on the ground:

Photographers of the increasingly violent upheaval in Egypt are being forced in the interest of personal safety to adopt practices that limit their range of coverage at exactly the moment the world is hungriest for as many images from as many perspectives as possible. ...

[They] find themselves traveling in packs (which they do not typically like to do), staying away from whole sections of Cairo (which is anathema) and donning helmets (which raises the likelihood they will be mistaken for government spies). And still there are no guarantees of safe conduct, given the turbulence and the passion all around.

(Photo: Foreign journalists and Egyptian anti-government demonstrators take cover behind makeshift shields during clashes with pro-regime opponents at Cairo's Tahrir Square on February 3. By Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images.)