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How to Photograph Guantánamo

 by Danielle Maestretti

Tags: Politics, U.S., Guantanamo Bay, photojournalism, Louie Palu, Virginia Quarterly Review, Danielle Maestretti,

Photojournalist Louie Palu is back at Guantánamo this week (his fourth trip to the island), blogging for Virginia Quarterly Review about how the camp has changed, what the military does and doesn’t allow photographers to do, and how to snap a good photo despite serious restrictions.

I was surprised to learn that photographers on these tours can get very competitive—because the entire trip is so circumscribed by military officials, they’re all seeing the same people, places, and things, competing for the best shot. “Sometimes I let the other three photographers walk ahead of me,” Palu writes, “so I shoot something behind them that they did not notice and are too focused on what is ahead of them to look back at what I am doing.”

Palu will be writing for VQR for another couple of days; check in at VQR's blog for additional posts.

Congratulations to Virginia Quarterly Review, a 2010 Utne Independent Press Award nominee for international coverage and general excellence.

Source: Virginia Quarterly Review