The Tao of War Photography


| 3/9/2009 10:04:28 AM


Tags: media, international media, war photography, bruce haley,

Veteran photojournalist Bruce Haley has seen the worst of us. He's covered conflicts stretching back to the Afghan battle against the Soviet Union. Ten years ago, he wrote something he called The Tao of War Photography. It's part training manual and part memoir. It's mostly tragic and it's a little bit hilarious. Here are some highlights and a few of Haley's photographs (or read The Tao of War Photography in its entirety):

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Photo: National Liberation Army guerrilla fighter; Burma

"To begin with, practice this sentence: 'If I get out of here alive, I’ll never do this again.'

"...The editors of the major magazines really don’t give a rat’s ass about the latest war and famine in the hinterlands of East BurkinaTimorLanka. You’ll never get an assignment to cover this unless Leonardo DiCaprio becomes a rebel commander and Tommy Hilfiger designs his battle fatigues.

"...Absent Leo and Tommy, a few murdered white tourists will cause a temporary blip on the radar screen. Or not.