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On Photography and War

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Catherine Leroy

Catherine Leroy

Five years ago today there was a very heartfelt discussion at the University of California, Berkeley, on photography and war, comparing the conflicts in Vietnam and Iraq. The panel included photographers David Leeson, Catherine Leroy and Don McCullin, television correspondent Mike Cerre and journalist Jonathan Schell, and was put together by Ken Light and moderated by Orville Schell.

There is something incredibly somber about the discussion. The panelists, it turns out, had given up reporting on war because, in part, there was little interest on the part of readers and viewers (Cerre), nothing had changed for the better with all their years of reporting (McCullin), and, in David Leeson’s case, he wanted to be home to see his child grow this time, having missed a son’s first five birthdays from a previous marriage. They also talked about the eventual outcome of the war in Iraq, and five years later it’s illuminating to hear what they were saying.

It’s also particularly poignant because Catherine Leroy, one of the truly pioneering, passionate and one-of-a-kind photojournalists, died the following year. From a slight frame, her in-your-face, explosive style was a moral exclamation point for many of us.

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