While the Bush administration has gone to extraordinary efforts to prevent grisly realities of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from making it into the U.S. press, photographers have not stopped doing their work. People in other countries frequently view photographs from those wars that are far more explicit than those viewed by Americans.
On display this month in the French town of Bayeux is a powerful exhibit of photos as part of the annual Bayeux-Calvados Prize for photo-journalism. This year, special recognition is being paid to war correspondents, and to the Dutch photo agency, Noor, whose photographers—including Stanley Greene, Francesco Zizola, and others—have contributed photos from the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, post-election Kenya, the Niger Delta, Somalia and other conflict zones. The photos are arrayed around the ancient town of Bayeux, the first French town liberated from the Nazis in 1944.
Key participants at the festival—including Anthony Lappe, author of the recently published graphic novel Shooting War, and photographer Catherine Wyatt, jury president for the Bayeux-Calvados Prize—discuss their work in interviews hosted by Journalisme.com, a French association attempting to promote a vigorous and independent press in France and elsewhere around the world.