From January 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.
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Gulf Ship
Gulf Jet

Working in 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.
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Cannes - Van Sant
Cannes Michael Moore

Paris is 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.
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Clinton and Chirac
Niepce House
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