A documentation of the aggressive arts. Written by Sawyer Paul.

A Photographer Captures Grief

But during this past decade, Essdras had to document more horror: the invasion of Iraq, for example, and the aftermaths of the earthquake in Haiti and of the tsunami in Indonesia. He recently recalled the time he encountered a two- or three-year-old boy in a clinic on Sumatra in 2004 days after waves surged ashore. Much of the boy’s face had been shorn of skin. Essdras had to weigh the child’s pain and privacy against the value of showing the wider world the extent of the suffering.

Great piece. News photographers have to constantly wrestle between human sympathy (and privacy) and getting the shot. They also have to wrestle with turning tragedies into entertainment; pain into art. It’s an exceptionally difficult position.