Christoph Bangert and Alan Chin have photographed gruesome scenes around the world and argued with editors about why they are important for the public to see. Earlier this year, Bangert published a new book, “War Porn,” in which he confronts the arguments and ethics over violent imagery in new ways. In a Dart Center exclusive, the two photographers sat down to discuss their work, its origins and impact.
Resources for War & Civil Conflict
Thousands of pro-democracy protestors took their fight to the doorstep of Hong Kong’s chief executive despite a promise from the government to wait them out. The Occupy Central demonstrators have demanded that the city’s leader, Leung Chun-ying, resign his post or face escalated action. As the protests intensify, news professionals offer insights to reporters and photojournalists on best practices when reporting on volatile street protests.
The results are in from the only controlled study to date on the effects of trauma on journalists covering the conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of 63 reporters and media workers since 2011.
The Ukraine crisis this winter and spring continues in the east of the country with pro-Russian paramilitary groups and allegedly Russian armed forces agitating against the provisional government in Kiev, which has deployed its police and army in an attempt to suppress what it calls separatists. International diplomats continue to seek negotiated solutions, but violent clashes have resulted in more deaths. At this writing, Ukraine seems on the brink of what could become civil war, Russian invasion, or continued unrest.
When journalist Emine Ziyatdinova, a Crimean Tatar, returned to Ukraine earlier this year, she found herself covering a conflict that left one of her friends dead and forced her to conceal her identity. "I loved Ukraine," she said. "But I don't anymore." A Q&A with Alan Chin.
Part of the Dart Center-duPont Awards Lecture series at Columbia Journalism School featured Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News. Moderator Ann Cooper spoke with Engel about covering violence and trauma in conflict zones throughout the Middle East.
As the global community mulled whether to launch an military strike against Syria in retaliation for the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons, four Syrian journalists visited Columbia Journalism School in a discussion hosted by the Dart Center on September 6, 2013.
While Hosni Mubarak was airlifted from a prison to a hospital awaiting trial, violent street protests across Egypt continued. The Dart Center has tips for journalists covering such events.
On July 17, the UN Security Council debated the safety of journalists. The following week, government officials, journalists and technologists gathered for TechCamp NYC, an event aimed at finding ways to use technology to protect journalists working in conflict zones.