Editor’s note: This video contains images that may be disturbing to some viewers.
In the four years that photojournalist Nicole Tung, 28, has worked in war zones, she has suffered the loss of close friends and members of her community. Last year, there was her friend James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS in Syria; before that, journalists Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington were killed by a mortar attack in Libya not far from where Nicole was working. What drives her to take on such a high-risk profession? “It’s this sense of responsibility that I have, especially now when journalists are targeted on purpose,” she says in this short film, That’s Where War Became Personal For Me. “But I don’t think that doing this is ever worth your life.”
This is the fourth 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.