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War Correspondent/ Photojournalist= HOW?

 
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Jan 10, 2011 18:45 |  #31

Bang Bang Boy wrote in post #11610924 (external link)
Thought I'd throw in an update on current progress.

I have been in contact with various airlines and found reasonably cheap plane tickets 600 USD back and forth to bagdhad with a weeks stay.

Right now I am trying to find a hotel or perhaps a B&B to spend my time. My only concerns are regarding the money and whether or not I should spend it on a camera and postpone the trip to after the summer or do it in february/march with only one camera aswell as a couple of film cameras.

You're going to get yourself hurt. I don't want to come off as a jerk-off, but it's not a smart idea. I am a photojournalism major. You can't just go prancing into a country that is at war. You're not american, but they can't tell that through their gun-sights can they? You need to get your feet wet in a different area before you walk straight into hell.


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Jan 10, 2011 20:05 |  #32

I know some other folks here have said it, but I'm going to repeat it - be certain that you're up for this kind of shooting before you get too deep into it. And by that I mean, be sure that you'll be able to handle - emotionally, physically, and psychologically - the things that you will witness.

My college photo professor was a retired war photographer and once each semester he shared a slideshow of his work with the class. I just viewed the photos in a classroom, and I'm still haunted by them. Granted, perhaps that's the whole reason that certain people are driven to go make the photos. My professor was a very cool dude, but he was candid about what it was like being a war photog.

He was shot at a number of times. He sat in refugee camps for weeks on end, starving, with dysentery, while people died around him. He knew fellow reporters who were killed. And some of the things he saw were so awful that I'm sure they still wake him up at night.

If you're up for it, I say go for it - someone has to do it, and if you've got the guts, more power to you. My only point is to really, really be certain what you're getting into before you end up in over your head.

As for how to do it, I'm not entirely sure. My professor freelanced for news agencies, working for the AP, and Magnum Photos. I'd have to imagine that approaching those types of places would still be the best way - find someone to mentor you, prove that you're willing. There can't be all too many people who are... :)




  
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Jan 11, 2011 05:50 |  #33

seoul4korea wrote in post #11613393 (external link)
how can the coast gaurd OWN your image? unless you shooting with their equipment I dont see how then can claim it.

The Army is the same way. I've been 'published', but my name is removed from the tag line and it will just say something along the lines of "Photo courtesy of the US Army". They do not however, own images that I make in my off time.


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Jan 12, 2011 17:49 |  #34

Still alive?


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Jan 15, 2011 19:13 |  #35

Bang Bang Boy wrote in post #11610924 (external link)
Thought I'd throw in an update on current progress.

I have been in contact with various airlines and found reasonably cheap plane tickets 600 USD back and forth to bagdhad with a weeks stay.

Right now I am trying to find a hotel or perhaps a B&B to spend my time. My only concerns are regarding the money and whether or not I should spend it on a camera and postpone the trip to after the summer or do it in february/march with only one camera aswell as a couple of film cameras.

What about your paperwork to actually get into the country? Granted its been a few years since I worked in Iraq, but you didn't just show up on a flight at BIAP and waltz right in without the proper docs in order.


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Jan 23, 2011 18:58 |  #36

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What about your paperwork to actually get into the country? Granted its been a few years since I worked in Iraq, but you didn't just show up on a flight at BIAP and waltz right in without the proper docs in order.

Been looking into getting in to the country. Not to hard to obtain a visa through the Swedish Embassy.

Anyways, quick update. I have been in contact with a buddy of mine whom is from Nigeria now living in the UK. Seems like he is willing to guide me through a visit in Nigeria and provide local support. I got myself a "fixer"! Steps taken right now is trying to get the right documents, to save up enough cash and to find where I stored all those k-rations i nicked from the army during my service. I am not trusting local food.

Trip is schedualed for the latter part of 2011 so I have some time to arrange everything.


Lots of old stuff but hey I am a student
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Feb 16, 2011 12:49 |  #37

Bang Bang Boy wrote in post #11700551 (external link)
Been looking into getting in to the country. Not to hard to obtain a visa through the Swedish Embassy.

Anyways, quick update. I have been in contact with a buddy of mine whom is from Nigeria now living in the UK. Seems like he is willing to guide me through a visit in Nigeria and provide local support. I got myself a "fixer"! Steps taken right now is trying to get the right documents, to save up enough cash and to find where I stored all those k-rations i nicked from the army during my service. I am not trusting local food.

Trip is schedualed for the latter part of 2011 so I have some time to arrange everything.

Swedish army was looking for a photographer for about two weaks ago. Combat Camera (external link) you know. I deserted from my military duty after six month, so I don´t think they want me...

You are 19, so buy yourself a small X100 and then travel to peaceful countries to start with. Saturday, for example, you having a big nazzzimarsch in Dresden, and communists are going to be there = fight.

G8, G20 are nice to photograph too. I heard it going to be in France this year.

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Feb 16, 2011 13:11 |  #38

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If you want to shoot war, why don't you become a wedding photographer?

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Aug 23, 2012 10:12 as a reply to  @ S.Horton's post |  #39

So I tried geting into Syria. Got to the border but not further. Got some shots of the refugee camps and a great learning experience.

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Aug 24, 2012 01:15 |  #40

Do you have contacts set up to buy your photos should you get some 'action'?


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