Photographers document the destruction of Ukraine and ask, “How could this happen in 2022?”
Nicholas Kristof said something prophetic on Sunday’s ‘Reliable Sources’ TV show: “I’m not sure people fully appreciate it – it’s the photographers, TV reporters and videographers who take the most risk” in war zones. “Those of us with a notebook can hang back a bit,” he said, but the photographers are “showing raw courage.”
This week has been filled with examples.
“I even saw a cemetery where the graves were destroyed by bombardment,” she added. “So even the dead are not allowed to rest in peace here.”
Other photojournalists also share the stories behind their photos:
Show the truth to Mariupol
The siege of Mariupol in southern Ukraine has been one of the defining stories of the war to date. The city was blockaded by Russian forces. Two Associated Press journalists, Evgeniy Maloletka and Mstyslav Chernov, have been the eyes and ears of the world. According to the AP, they are “the only international media present in Mariupol”.
Maloletka and Chernov are Ukrainians. AP Editor-in-Chief Julie Pace told me, “We are incredibly proud of our team in Mariupol and their commitment to making sure the world knows what’s going on in their home country. Not only did they produce some of the most striking and powerful images of the war, they report crucial facts about the situation on the ground, such as proving that the Mariupol maternity ward had not been emptied of patients like Russia said so. They also carried out this work in extremely difficult and dangerous conditions, but they believe that this is a story that needs to be told.”
“A photographer recounts a terrifying escape”
This is the mission
>> Note: Craig spoke to TIME in Warsaw, Poland, “the first leg of the journey to retrieve my brother’s body…”