Exhibitions: WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

IN CONVERSATION

Our visitors respond to this 30-second video.

  • Do you pose the people on your photos?

    — Anderson

    Todd Heisler replied

    I never pose people in my photographs. My goal as a photojournalist is to capture real moments and our readers trust that we are showing them something spontaneous and authentic.

  • What is the worst conflict or event you have covered in your work at the Times and why?

    — Deirdre

    Todd Heisler replied

    The most challenging event I have covered working for the New York Times was the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The level of devastation was incomprehensible. I arrived about a month after the quake and by that time, the enormity of the tent camps was overwhelming. Hundreds of thousands of people were living in conditions that were becoming more squalid every day. Bodies were still being pulled out of the rubble. But even through all that, life goes on. One day I saw a woman who had just given birth on the street, which was a common occurrence. The human will is a powerful thing to witness in such situations. It's one thing to witness the physical destruction, but seeing it's impact on humanity is what stays with you. The biggest challenge as a photojournalist is to keep people paying attention to the story as it starts fading from the front page.

  • What was the most rewarding part of this project? What did you learn about yourself that you didn't know before? Thank you, for your response and your work.

    — Gillyan

    Todd Heisler replied

    The most rewarding part of the Final Salute project is the response I received not only from readers around the world, but from the families in the story. It was very important that we not make this story political. Our intention was to show the cost of war in our community, specifically through one group of Marines tasked with caring for their fallen comrades and their families. A father who was unable to attend the arrival of his son's remains at the airport told me that after he had seen my photograph (of 2nd Lt. James Cathey being unloaded from a plane as passengers look out the window) that had then felt as if he'd experienced it. He told me, "that's my son." You never really know how your images will affect someone. And that has to be one of the highest compliments I've ever received.

  • How do you manage to calm your feelings in daily life? Do you remember the bad situation while you are in daily life? How do you feel and cope with that feeling

    — Tsuyoshi

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  • Have your system of moral values changed since you startet your career as photograher.? Especially after the series of photographs presented here. And how.? Thank you

    — Naty

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