until April in 2003 I was based in Manama on the island Kingdom of Bahrain,
home to the US Navy's Fifth fleet. In March, I was assigned with 30 media
journalists to be embedded on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), a nuclear
aircraft carrier, part of an eight-ship carrier group. During 10 weeks
in the region, I lived aboard six different ships: troop transport, conventional
and nuclear aircraft carriers, a guided-missile cruiser which launched
Tomahawk missiles in the 'shock and awe' campaign, and the hospital ship
USNS Comfort. In Bahrain before the embedding process, I photographed
the protests and candlelit peace marches during the weeks before the war.
The photographs include captions to report the story.
Paris for Reuters since late 1986, I have covered the Cannes Film Festival
fifteen times. Work methods have evolved from b&w film and prints,
scanning color negatives, and for years now digital cameras and laptop
computers. Days start with photo calls, press conferences and beachfront
photos ops as directors and stars use the palm-lined French Riviera backdrop
to promote their films competing for the Palme d'Or. In the evening, photo
vests are replaced by tuxedos for the red-carpet arrivals of the stars:
Nicole Kidman, Liz Hurley, Brad Pitt, and U.S. directors Gus Van Sant
for "Elephant" and Michael Moore for "Fahrenheit 9/11"
winning their Palme d'Or awards.
a venue for international politics, fashion, sports, and street protests.
Many consider the French capital to be at the center of photojournalism
with the heritage photo agencies Magnum, Rapho, Sipa, Gamma, Sygma, whose
photographers supplied news photos, photo illustrations and essays to
the world magazine market. This strong photographic tradition naturally
lead to the creation of new agencies - Agence Vu, Editing, VII, Deadline,
Metis, Oeil Public, and Tendance Floue. France is also home to the invention
of photography by scientist and inventor Nicephore Niepce
who conducted experiments alone, and briefly with Daguerre, at his summer
home in Burgundy.