The Search for Humanity in War Photography

Editor’s note: This video contains images that may be disturbing to some viewers.

For the photojournalist Pete Muller, there are real similarities between South Sudan and the U.S.: “Wherever you have people living in environments that they perceive to be hostile, real or imagined, you have a universal appreciation and almost obsession with guns.” Muller has spent his career taking photos in conflict zones and seeking to uncover the tensions beneath cycles of violence—to capture in his images all the ways that war continues to eat away at societies.

This is the first episode in a six-part series called Conflict, by the Brooklyn-based cinematic documentary and narrative video production company redfitz. Each episode explores the testimonies of professional conflict photographers and looks at how they engage with and seek to understand their subject matter. Original music was composed by Reza Safinia. Connect with the photographers and watch the complete series from redfitz at thisisconflict.com.