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Next guest on PhotoNetCast: Zoriah

Posted in Guests on 25-08-2008 | 4 Comments

For some time now we have been discussing the possibility of bringing Zoriah on the show (basically since Brian noted a New Your Times piece on him, back in our episode 9). We didn’t want to mention anything in our last episode simply because nothing was set yet, but now, although everything could change at the last minute due to Zoriah’s location and work, it seems that things are looking bright and we managed to "grab" a slot of his time.

For those not familiar with the name, Zoriah is an award-winning photojournalist specialized in documenting human crisis in developing countries and has dedicated most of his recent time to document the war in Iraq.

I won’t go much into his background or current projects (I’m sure we’ll go into it on the show) but if you’re interested in knowing a bit more about this fantastic photographer and his work, go to his web site at or read Brian’s post about Zoriah. The article that Brian mentioned in PhotoNetCast #9 is also worth a read.

We are not going to stream live the recording of the show, so there is no possibility for  you to interact with our guest while we record. But, if you have any questions about him or his work that you’d like him to answer, we would appreciate if you could drop them in the comments section, use our voice mail widget or just email them to us using our contact form. It would be great to have as many questions from our listeners as possible to further improve what I’m sure will be a great conversation. The show is scheduled to be recorded during the next weekend, so that gives you still a few days.

Looking forward to read what you have to say…

Photo credits and copyright: Zoriah Miller

Comments (4)

I think that Zoriah’s work is absolutely phenomenal, perhaps understandable since he’s award winning, though I wasn’t able to stomach the content.

I know what’s going on (ie. I don’t lead a sheltered life) but I’m really curious how he managed to find himself pursuing this work, and how he remains external to his work? If he does at all? Personally I wouldn’t be able to remain objective – I’d have to get involved. I suppose my main question is, does he view it as work? Or is it more on the side of wanting to make a difference?

I read somewhere (on his website perhaps?) that he aims to make expose what’s going on and I’m keen to here more of his thoughts behind that.

Hopefully you can make a coherent question out of that!

As wolf_brigade said, Zoriah’s work is phenomenal. The question I have seconds wolf’s one.

I admire James Nachtwey. I remember seeing a tv show about him and his work (readers : I you didn’t saw this show, please do a search, it’s an inside look into his work, his workflow, his mind, himself, it is soul-stirring and very instructive : he only uses short range lenses).

Seeing this, I understood that it’s very hard to remain external to what is being pictured, there is some point where you have to get involved as a human being (specially when you have to be very close to your subject to shoot it), and most of all you are alone with your feelings and memories when you get back home (I remember a photo editor saying : “and what his pictures show us is only 10% of what he saw and what he remembers” )

Do you face the same dilemma : staying objective when shooting and still managing to feel the pain, the sadness ?
How hard is it after seeing what one side did to the other to go to the other side and stay objective ?
or do you have a preconception and only stay on one side of the story ?
How hard is it to face those horrors and to carry on with the next thing ?

( sorry if the english is not all good, I am french but I am sure you’ll managed to sort something out of that
and thank you for offering us the opportunity for this )


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