The Digital Journalist
Invisible in Baghdad
by Christoph Bangert
On the Ground in Darfur
by Mario E. Ruiz


In June we present Mario E. Ruiz's dramatic photographs, taken in Chad, of Sudanese refugees. More than 200,000 of two million Sudanese refugees are in camps there, having fled the genocide of Darfur.

As the 2006 hurricane season begins, Max Whittaker takes another look at post-Katrina New Orleans. He finds that making his "after" images match those taken "before" by other photographers under completely different circumstances is more challenging than expected.

Christoph Bangert submitted a thoughtful report on the circumscribed life of a photographer in Iraq. The idea of being at the right place at the right time is scarcely possible while embedded, guarded and afraid of kidnappers. Fear is well placed as we just heard from Iraq that two CBS video journalists were killed and a reporter severely wounded. As Bangert wrote in a recent e-mail, "They did everything right and still had no chance."

I am happy to report that we receive many good suggestions like Bangert's about possible contributions to "Dispatches." I look for strong verbal images as well as excellent photographs. When I receive a query I send out a "Request" letter that gives all the details about what is needed. I can be reached through the dvnetwork address on the masthead and also at

Please remember, "Dispatches" is not a news site nor is The Digital Journalist, for that matter. We do present images of some current events but "Dispatches" is a first-person account of a photographer's experience covering significant topics. It is always about the images and how they came to be made.

I look forward to hearing from more of you in the future.

Marianne Fulton
Dispatches Editor

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