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If you could go into a conflict area and take photographs, would you?

Asked by Scrumpulator (564points) August 1st, 2008

Lets say you got a free ticket, a guide, and a sweet Nikon DX. Would you go into Gaza, Zimbabwe, or even South Africa, in order to experience and record life at the risk of your personal safety in order to show the world something that it is not seeing or turning a blind eye to? I am helping to create a peace journalism workshop in Gaza, and I am seriously debating going four times a year, Would you?

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Allie's avatar

Of course! That is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would go even without the camera, but to be able to document it would be a plus. About the whole risk part – if I die, then I die. When it’s my time to go, I’ll go and be happy that I did all I got to do in my life.
That is an amazing opportunity you have, provided you’re careful and don’t go running around asking to be killed or whatnot.

Harp's avatar

If I didn’t have my family ties, I’d totally do it.

Scrumpulator's avatar

This is the person I will be going with

kevbo's avatar

This documentary may help you decide.

I should add this is the trailer for the documentary called “War Photographer.”

willbrawn's avatar

I would for sure go if I wasn’t getting married.

rockstar's avatar

I would do it in a heartbeat. It would potentially be a great chance to change peoples minds and show the truth of certain matters. If you need someone to go with let me know!

Summer's avatar

I think you have to take this case by case. In my case I am a newlywed and would never consider voluntarily putting myself in a dangerous situation where I could potentially be put in harm’s way. If I were single and had the opportunity I would probably go because I am an avid journalist and would love the opportunity to see history in the making.

RandomMrdan's avatar

I wouldn’t go personally…I would think of it as an unnecessary risk I’d be taking….but to each their own, if it’s something you want to do, go for it…but I’d say be careful. Traveling is always fun, I just don’t think I’d take the risk of going into an area such as those (I’ve always had this feeling that there are a lot of people out there, in those places that despise Americans and the world police thing).

Good luck if you go! =)

Skyrail's avatar

Probably not as I’d break down personally, I don’t think I could handle conditions as terrible as those out there. Although not a war zone I would absolutely love to visit Chernobyl and take photos around there. Certainly not as dangerous, but and experience all the less :)

Allie's avatar

Skyrail: I’ve always wanted to go see Chernobyl, too. What an awesome place to explore.

susanc's avatar

Not me, I’m a big coward. When I go anywhere, I walk into anything. But no guns.

jaredg's avatar

I’d be fearful, but I’d love to try it. I’ve never been close to anything like the conflict in the Middle East. The images you bring back in your head will have a much bigger impact than anything you’ll catch in the camera. At this point in my life, I could really use a reality check of how different the rest of the world is from my little part in it.

I’m glad so many people here are being honest and saying they wouldn’t go. Janice was right in this particular case: freedom really is having nothing left to lose. Not doing something is sacrificing an opportunity, but it’s a justifiable one if you have other, more important things in your life.

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steelmarket's avatar

Definitely. BUT, instead of going in to shoot the suffering and atrocities (there are plenty of pjournalists doing that already), I’d shoot the stories of hope. I probably would not be able to make a living out of this, though, because there is little market in the US news machine for stories of hope.

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