On The Inner Workings Of War Photographers

The NYT's Executive Editor Bill Keller on the inner lives of war photographers:

They do it for the most mundane of reasons (to feed their families) and the most idealistic (to make the world pay attention) and the most visceral (it is exhilarating; it is fun) and the somewhat existential.

"It becomes your identity in so many ways," Joao said. "This is my identity. This is all I'm known for. Nobody sends me out to go shoot beautiful pictures for travel articles, you know?"

And if you haven't read this piece by war photographer Teru Kuwayama, it's a powerful companion to Keller's. [