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Greg Lotus

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Vienas vaizdas, ir žodžiai

19 Geg

OMG. Klausiausi ir jaučiau, kaip ašaros tik byra. Buvo sunku žiūrėti, bet negalėjau atitraukti akių. James balsas tiesiog vertė patikėti nuotraukose pasakojama istorija. Galima sakyti, kad ir vėl įsitikinau, kad vienas vaizdas gali pasakyti daugiau nei tūkstančiai žodžių.

Jis žinojo ką nori papasakoti. Kalbėjo nuoširdžiai. Nekaltino balsu, nebaksnojo į kaltuosius. Tačiau neleido mums pasilikti savo apatiškume, kad apsimestume, kad viskas yra gerai ir kad nieko nevyksta. Jo nuoširdumas ir jo ramybė susidūrus su tokiu skausmu ir siaubu dar labiau vedė iš pusiausvyros.

Tačiau jo suvokimas, kodėl daro tai ką daro mane žavėjo labiausiai


Tačiau, kas labiau man patiko, nei pats pasakojimas tai jo kelios paminėtos idėjos.

“I saw that the free flow of information represented by journalism, specifically visual journalism, can bring into focus both the benefits and the cost of political policies. It can give credit to some decision making, adding momentum to success. In the face of poor political judgment or political inaction, it becomes a kind of intervention, assessing the damage and asking us to reassess our behavior. It puts a human face on issues which from afar can appear abstract or ideological or monumental in their global impact. What happens at ground level, far from the halls of power, happens to ordinary citizens one by one.

And I understood that documentary photography has the ability to interpret events from their point of view. It gives a voice to those who otherwise would not have a voice. And as a reaction, it stimulates public opinion and gives impetus to public debate, thereby preventing the interested parties from totally controlling the agenda, much as they would like to. Coming of age in those days made real the concept that the free flow of information is absolutely vital for a free and dynamic society to function properly. The press is certainly a business, and in order to survive it must be a successful business, but the right balance must be found between marketing considerations and journalistic responsibility.“

“I’m a witness, and I want my testimony to be honest and uncensored. I also want it to be powerful and eloquent, and to do as much justice as possible to the experience of the people I’m photographing. This man was in an NGO feeding center, being helped as much as he could be helped. He literally had nothing. He was a virtual skeleton, yet he could still summon the courage and the will to move. He had not given up, and if he didn’t give up, how could anyone in the outside world ever dream of losing hope?“

“I didn’t see either of the planes hit. When I glanced out my window, I saw the first tower burning, and I thought it might have been an accident. A few minutes later when I looked again and saw the second tower burning, I knew we were at war. In the midst of the wreckage at Ground Zero, I had a realization. I’d been photographing in the Islamic world since 1981 — not only in the Middle East, but also in Africa, Asia and Europe. At the time I was photographing in these different places, I thought I was covering separate stories. But on 9/11 history crystallized, and I understood I’d actually been covering a single story for more than 20 years, and the attack on New York was its latest manifestation.“

“Photographers go to the extreme edges of human experience to show people what’s going on. Sometimes they put their lives on the line, because they believe your opinions and your influence matter. They aim their pictures at your best instincts, generosity, a sense of right and wrong, the ability and the willingness to identify with others, the refusal to accept the unacceptable.“