As both an analyst and publisher of photojournalism, the Bag is very close to many photographers, particularly conflict photographers, and we couldn’t be more respectful of the extraordinary risks they take and the hardships they endure. The NYT confirms that this is the last known picture of their photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, before they disappeared earlier this week in Libya.
As an example of the routine danger of the job — the situation in Libya deteriorating rapidly as the world drags its feet — the image also needs no explanation. We pray for Tyler, Lynsey, Stephen and Anthony’s safe return.
UPDATE 3/18: Very good news today.
(photo: Paul Conroy / Reuters via MSNBC photoblog. caption: Journalists, including New York Times photographers Tyler Hicks (right in glasses) and Lynsey Addario (far left), run for cover during a bombing run by Libyan government planes at a checkpoint near the oil refinery of Ras Lanuf on Friday, Mar. 11. Hicks and Addario, along with NYT correspondents Stephen Farrell and Anthony Shadid, were reported missing near lines of Muammar Gaddafi’s advancing forces two days ago, the NYT announced on Wednesday.)