by Amy Bowers
for the Digital Journalist
if the words are sloppy. I have not had much sleepy in the last week."
This typo of Jud McCrehin, staff photographer for Army Times Publishing
Company, seems a good way to introduce DISPATCHES from exhausted photojournalists
covering the terrorism story.
JB Russell, a photojournalist based in Paris, elaborates: "Almost
everyone is either shooting digital or shooting negative film, developing
locally, scanning and transmitting images daily via the internet. This
allows a constant flow of images to clients, but adds hours of work
for the photographers. On big stories like this local internet service
providers quickly get overwhelmed by the massive influx of the world's
media. Getting connected to the internet and maintaining a line long
enough to send large image files becomes a nightmare, especially on
deadline days. At the end of a long day of shooting, I now come back
to the hotel to edit and scan my stories. Then comes hours and hours
of attempting to send them, often until 3, 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning,
only to get up early and start all over again."
PF Bentley agrees: "Shooting digital, I'm editing all day in between
shooting and then get back to the hotel to transmit and finishing the
pictures by around 10pm. This goes on everyday. So has you see I have
no life right now other than shoot, edit, transmit and sleep."
Somewhere between shooting and re-grouping, our friends still found
time to send emails describing their experiences this month. On assignment
in Washington, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and out to sea, we received these
on the links to view the web page: