Documentary photography, especially news or war photography, isn’t for everybody. It’s certainly not for the squeamish. There’s the obvious — danger, death, etc., but there’s also the simple matter of having to photograph people who don’t want to be photographed. Even more important, quite often it’s to the photographer to show us things that we don’t want to, but need to see. The work is often shitty and the pay is worse. So why would anyone in the world do it?
I’ll let the photographers tell you in their own words.