Friday, October 12, 2007

Take a moment to reflect

Alexandra Boulat - copyright Jerome Delay

I wrote several essays on Alexandra Boulat. She was laid to rest to day at Church of Jacqueville outside of Paris, alongside her father. The emotions expressed by the photography and other communities are hopefully providing some relief to her family, loved ones, friends and colleagues. Few photographers have done what she has accomplished and shown the world.

I hope everyone takes a moment to reflect on her and the rest of the community of conflict and war photographers for their contributions to the world. Without their work, we wouldn't know. It's as simple as that. We would be left with political and propograndist views of conflicts, wars, genocide, and other acts of inhumanity. We wouldn't know the truth. And to that we owe or highest gratitude to these photographers.

And take a moment to thank Alexandra Boulat. For her life and contributions. We should all do so much, and while we know we can't all do that, at least we can honor those who do risk their life for images we see to know our humanity and inhumanity.

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