Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer Remembers Destiny’s Call

With a pair of Pulitzers, a recent Frank McCulloch Courage in Journalism award and many other prizes, photographer Barbara Davison (pictured) remains one of the LA Times’ go-to chroniclers of world conflict. Which is why it’s so interesting to read how innocently her stellar career started.

In an interview with Ashley Hennefer of the Reno News & Review, Davison said her decision to become a photographer occurred several years before studies in Montreal at McGill and Concordia universities. Here’s how Davison answered the question, “How did you know you wanted to be a photojournalist:”

“It’s funny, people ask me that, and it’s weird. At the age of 15, I decided I was going to be a photographer. I don’t know why. Before I’d even taken a picture. And then ironically, the first photo I had ever taken with a roll of 35mm film was published in the student newspaper at the age of 18. So it was sort of destiny.”

After five trips to Afghanistan and three to Iraq, the globe-trotting Davison – on staff with the Times since 2007 – says those are two places she no longer plans to visit. But another Middle Eastern country ranks as her favorite international destination. Read the full Q&A here.

[Photo courtesy: LA Times]