Reporting in war torn Syria

Aug 23, 2012

The trick to a war photographer’s success is being in the right place at the right time -- and, of course, not getting wounded, captured or killed. 

Jonathan Alpeyrie believes the right place, right now is Syria. He’s heading there next week for the second time since the rebellion began.

Jonathan Alpeyrie, our guest on Global Journalist today, has risked his life repeatedly to bring home photographs from nearly a dozen conflict zones, beginning in the South Caucuses as a freelancer in 2004. More recently, he documented the violence in Libya and Afghanistan. He’s worked for Polaris Images and Getty for the last four years.

More recently, at least 16 journalists have been killed since November while covering Syria, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. That makes Syria the most dangerous place in the world for reporters and photographers. The assignment is particularly dodgy because the government of Bashar al-Assad has banned western journalists and allows its soldiers to kill them. 

Alpeyrie spoke to Global Journalist about his previous trip to Syria, and his plans to return in the coming days.