Photographing the Beauty of Life in the Shadow of War

"What if we chose to illuminate the things that unite us as human beings rather than just the things that divide us?" This is the question photojournalist Ami Vitale seeks to answer in her work documenting war zones.

While in Gaza on assignment documenting the second Palestinian uprising, she happened upon a profound moment: a beautiful scene of a couple getting married amid all the chaos and violence upon which she had been asked to train her camera. Vitale wondered why these stories of love and beauty were not being told as well. Hear her talk about how she became a war photographer, and why she chose to focus her lens in a different direction.

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