The Toll of War, Captured One Frame at a Time

By Tara MacIsaac for The Epoch Times

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/47165/

NEW YORK—“Billy Miller died because I wanted to go see a dead foreign fighter,” said war photographer Ashley Gilbertson. After a pregnant pause, he continued: “Everyone who goes off into conflict comes back with a sense of responsibility.”

Gilbertson shared a powerful and very personal account of his time documenting the Iraq war Monday night as part of the forum series “Ground View,” hosted by The Epoch Times in collaboration with NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and moderated by Getty staff photographer Chris Hondros. “Ground View” aims to bring a remarkable photojournalist to show and speak about his or her work every few months.

“This is who does our bidding,” said Gilbertson as he displayed the humanity and suffering of American soldiers. He strives to remind Americans that we are at war, to bring the reality of warfare to his fellow New Yorkers.

“I drink a latte and have an éclair for breakfast, and I can go through my entire day and not think about the fact that we’re at war right now,” mused Gilbertson.

This renowned photographer tells a tale of suffering—the horrid scenes experienced on the field, the guilt, and sense of responsibility after a term served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the epidemic of PTSD plaguing this nation. Gilbertson does not, however, chronicle this woeful tale without hope that if Americans better understand all of these experiences, soldiers and war-torn families may heal quicker and suffer less loss.

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Ashley Gilbertson on Photographing PTSD in NYC

Photographer Ashley Gilbertson talks to Chris Hondros talk on Dec. 6 in NYC about his recent projects photographing PTSD

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The Epoch Times cordially invites you to attend an evening with Ashley Gilbertson, an award-winning war photographer and VII Network photographer who spent several years photographing the war in Iraq. He will discuss his recent projects documenting the affects of PTSD on soldiers returning home.

Chris Hondros, Senior Staff Photographer for Getty Images, will moderate the event.

This is part of a forum series called “Ground View,” intriguing and informative events featuring remarkable photojournalists who have witnessed some of the world’s most important news firsthand.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6

6:30-8:30p.m.

NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

20 Cooper Square, 6th Floor, New York, NY

Slide show/Discussion begins at 6:30 pm, reception follows

**online registration only**

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Ashley Gilbertson on photographing PTSD

WikiLeaks Lacks in Context

originally posted on Media and Foreign Policy by Genevieve Long

http://mediaforeignpolicy.foreignpolicyblogs.com/2010/08/02/wikileakss-material-out-of-context-and-confusing/

WikiLeaks’s Material Out of Context and Confusing

Monday, August 2 5:20 am EST

Much has been made over WikiLeaks’s recent document leak on Afghanistan. Some of the most interesting commentary can be found from journalists.

The Columbia Journalism Review says in an article called “The Story Behind the Publication of WikiLeaks’s Afghanistan Log” that the most interesting part of the story is what happened behind the scenes before the logs were published:

You wouldn’t be reading the coverage of the so-called Afghanistan logs—in The New York Times, Der Spiegel, and The Guardian—if Nick Davies, a senior contributor to the British paper, hadn’t tracked down WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Brussels one month ago.

Davies’s interest had been piqued in mid-June when Bradley Manning, a junior army intelligence analyst and the alleged source of several high-profile WikiLeaks disclosures, was quoted in chat transcripts claiming to have leaked a voluminous amount of yet-to-be disclosed diplomatic cables.

Editor & Publisher offered up the fact that this isn’t the first time WikiLeaks has published something without context:

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Tim Hetherington in NYC Forum Dec. 8 at NYU

Register to see Tim Hetherington in NYC on Dec. 8 here

The Epoch Times cordially invites you to attend an evening with Tim Hetherington, an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker. He will discuss his new book, Long Story Bit By Bit: Liberia Retold, as well as his upcoming documentary about a platoon of U.S. Airborne soldiers in Afghanistan. A book signing and reception will follow the event.

This is the inaugural Ground View forum, the first in a series of intriguing and informative events featuring journalists who have witnessed some of the world’s most important news firsthand.

Hetherington’s upcoming documentary, entitled Restrepo, was just accepted into the Sundance Film Festival.

Register to see Tim Hetherington in NYC on Dec. 8 here

NYC Forum to Feature Tim Hetherington

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TIM HETHERINGTON AND HIS UPCOMING TALK IN NEW YORK

Attend an evening with Tim Hetherington, an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker on Tuesday, Dec. 8. He will discuss his new book, Long Story Bit By Bit: Liberia Retold, as well as his upcoming documentary about a platoon of U.S. Airborne soldiers in Afghanistan. A book signing and reception will follow the event

This is the inaugural Ground View forum, the first in a series of intriguing and informative events featuring journalists who have witnessed some of the world’s most important news firsthand.

Location: NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

20 Cooper Square, 6th Floor, New York, NY

Time: Slide show/Discussion/6:30 pm

Book signing and reception to follow

Admission: General Admission $12.00

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TIM HETHERINGTON AND HIS UPCOMING TALK IN NEW YORK

“Obama’s War” — On Frontline Tonight

Not to be missed on tonight’s Frontline–the newest from correspondent Martin Smith and RAINmedia on the war in Afghanistan. “Obama’s War” airs on Frontline on Tuesday, October 13 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings).

According to RAINmedia:

“Three years ago, a small cadre of US army officers huddled at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to re-write the service’s long-neglected counterinsurgency manual. Under the direction of General David Petraeus, the effort brought the battle for “hearts and minds” to the forefront of American strategic thinking. First tested in Iraq, the new approach is now being rolled out in Afghanistan on a grand scale. The stakes are huge for both sides. And the war promises to be longer and harder than most Americans understand. FRONTLINE investigates the fight on the ground and in Washington.”

For a preview of “Obama’s War”, click here.