As in the ruins of Beirut, Sarajevo or Stalingrad, the conflict in Syria is a sniper’s war. Men stalk their fellow man down telescopic sights on suburban streets, hunting a glimpse of flesh, an eyeball peering from a crack, using decoys to draw their prey into giving themselves away. During weeks spent tracking the fluid frontline of the battle, veteran war photographer Goran Tomasevic provided daily evidence of an escalating conflict that the UN estimates has killed over 100,000 people. Tomasevic photographed with exceptional proximity as combatants mounted complex attacks, managed logistics, treated their wounded, buried their dead – and died before his eyes.
He talks about minimizing the risk, but I really don’t see how that’s even possible most of the time where he is. Twenty years in the field though obviously means he knows what he’s doing. I would have figured that in unorganized wars fought between some of those countries, with little to no set rules of engagement, they wouldn’t have any respect at all for photographers. It’s nice to see there is still some honor obviously, and they are not just shooting everyone in sight. It’s interesting when you think about how the simple cropping of a picture, or a caption put on it can affect someones thoughts. As a photographer of this type I would always be worried about how my pictures were being used.
More information about Goran Tomasevic and his work on his Reuters page. Interesting that the first picture on that page was the one of the U.S. Marine ducking down behind a wall as a piece of it explodes into his face from enemy gunfire. I remember what a stir that picture caused when it came out. Incredible shot.
Question: What would you rather photograph…. Hot Shots calendar girls, or combat? Best of both worlds and the Hot Shots girls IN combat maybe? haha you wish.
Hat tip: Marc