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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Would You Have Kept Your Cool?


Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici was in the room yesterday when a Turkish policeman pulled out a gun and shot Russia's ambassador to Turkey. He captured the scene with his camera, despite the danger to himself...
I was, of course, fearful and knew of the danger if the gunman turned toward me. But I advanced a little and photographed the man as he hectored his desperate, captive audience. This is what I was thinking: "I'm here. Even if I get hit and injured, or killed, I'm a journalist. I have to do my work. I could run away without making any photos. ... But I wouldn't have a proper answer if people later ask me: 'Why didn't you take pictures?'"
Read Ozbilici's full piece here.