A historian with a camera

I don't like to be gruesome, and I never really want to do gruesome journalism. But the stories of these men and women who work as war correspondents amaze and inspire me. And the heart of what they do is the same heart of what I do. Joao Silva expresses it so well in this speech: "I’m a historian with a camera, and hopefully my pictures use the medium to capture history, or to tell a story, or to highlight somebody else’s suffering. That’s ultimately why I continue doing it, and why I want to continue doing it."

It's cool to see someone else draw that connection between history and photography, in such a personal way. We're alive, in the middle of a huge history, in a story that's constantly changing and developing. It's a privilege.