NYT contract photographer on military censorship in Iraq


Via BagNews, an exclusive audio slideshow and interview with NY Times contract photographer Michael Kamber, who has worked in Iraq since 2003.

US military-imposed censorship in Iraq (and elsewhere) is hardly news: sanitizing the scenes and using the work of photographers in the field – who put themselves in the line of fire just as soldiers do – as part of the greater PR machine is priority No. 1.

Kamber discusses censorship imposed by the US military, and touches upon self-censorship and the ethical balancing act involved when deciding what to photograph in dangerous and emotionally charged moments.

In 2003 and 2004 we worked quite freely. .. And then slowly things just became off-limits. At first the car bombs were off-limits. And then we couldn’t photograph hospitals. And then the morgues became off-limits. And then we couldn’t photograph prisoners. And then we couldn’t photograph wounded soldiers. And then at a certain point we couldn’t photograph detainees.

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