Among those in attendance Wednesday night for a book event at the Brooklyn Brewery, an establishment owned and operated by former AP war correspondent Steve Hindy, was Abraham Moussako. Today, via the Columbia Journalism Review, he offers a good summary of the conversation that took place about covering the Iraq War.
Joining Hindy was Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist Michael Kamber and two Pulitzer winners featured in his new book Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq – Todd Heisler (New York Times, Rocky Mountain News) and Carolyn Cole (LA Times). Moussako lists the pertinent takeaways, including this truism likely taken for granted by many readers today:
Unlike wars in the past, when photographers were sometimes long gone from the front-line by the time the photos appeared in print, soldiers and their commanders were able to react to photos taken in the morning by that very afternoon. Oftentimes they would criticize the pictures. In some cases, they even used them to target insurgents.
The final volley from the Q&A portion (“If you were a 29-year-old photojournalist, what would you do now?”), coming in the wake of some dramatic downsizing at the Chicago Sun-Times, elicited weary laughter from the audience. Read the full CJR account here.[Jacket cover courtesy: University of Texas Press]