Journalism is not a profession truly; it’s a craft. And so you don’t need any training to become one. You can just do it, which is the route that I came.
And so ethics and morality and the kind of New York Times set of rules about what you can and can’t do and the guidelines that you receive there wasn’t a part of my background at all. And I really came to it more as a citizen and as a person than as a photographer. That is kind of an aside, in a way.
So my thoughts about interceding and not interceding, whether it was correct as a photographer, were unformed, and they became formed. And what I stuck to was really that: Why does it matter if you intercede to save somebody or not?
You know, and I did, on many occasions, attempt and sometimes succeed and sometimes not. You know, to intercede to change the picture, is unethical. To intercede at the cost of doing your job as a journalist, I think that’s a personal choice you make. And I have no issue with people on the other side of that divide.
Where does that put you as a journalist, you know? And so many times, I’ve ferried food in - especially in KwaZulu-Natal, where there were besieged communities, I would ferry food into some of the - you know, buy staple foods and mini meal and that kind of stuff, corn porridge, and take it in.
And did I feel I was doing something wrong? No, not at all. I mean, I don’t think it affected my journalism. I don’t think journalism should be objective, I think it should be subjective, as long as you’re honest about subjectivities. I think that’s much more honest than people trying to pretend to be truly objective. Greg Marinovich - NPR Interview - http://www.npr.org/2011/04/21/135513724/two-war-photographers-on-their-injuries-ethics