Yesterday evening, the Associated Press took to Broadway following a performance of “Time Stands Still” at the Cort Theatre — Donald Margulies’ play about war correspondents starring Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James as a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent who return from Iraq. Santiago Lyon, the AP’s director of photography, led the production’s weekly post-show “Talkback’ with the help of AP senior managing editor John Daniszewski, photographer Julie Jacobson and reporter Kimberly Dozier.
The four, all of whom have earned their stripes covering war zones, discussed the unique dangers and hurdles of covering news in volatile parts of the world. The AP offers a look at the discussion, during which the correspondents noted the parallels between art and life:
Jacobson, who last year photographed a powerful image of a dying Marine in Afghanistan, said she identified with the play’s portrayal of war correspondents coming home and feeling disconnected. She said she found it odd upon returning from the Haiti earthquake to find that she didn’t have to brush her teeth with bottled water any more.
And here’s an interesting little tidbit: the AP has suffered a total of 31 staff fatalities since its founding in 1846… starting with a reporter who was killed covering Gen. George Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.
Audio from the performance will be available later this week.