Zoriah Miller, 35, is one of the top conflict photojournalists in the world. He has been capturing controversial images in war zones all over the world for over 10 years.
After taking photos of marines that had been killed in a June 26, 2008 suicide attack in Iraq, Zoriah, as he is known professionally, was forbidden from continuing his work there by the US Marines.
“After a total of not more than five or ten minutes with my camera out, my chance to take photos was gone. Whatever I was able to capture in that chaos will be the only photographic documentation of this event.” – Zoriah Miller in regards to the suicide Bombing in Anbar on June 26, 2008. (courtesy of Zoriah.com)
He continues to document difficult, and sometimes ugly, issues of conflict all over the world.
I was lucky enough to catch Zoriah by phone and talked to him about his work, working with editors and publishers to get them public, and the changes he has made professionally to ensure that the truth and his photos get the attention they demand.
Can you tell me about shooting controversial images and the process of getting them from your camera to the public?[audio:http://cdn.journalism.cuny.edu/blogs.dir/87/files/2009/12/Sequence-1_1-21.mp3]
So would you then take less graphic photos to get them published?[audio:http://cdn.journalism.cuny.edu/blogs.dir/87/files/2009/12/Zoriah-4_1-2.mp3]
Do you still work with editors? How do you get your work out there?[audio:http://cdn.journalism.cuny.edu/blogs.dir/87/files/2009/12/Zoriah-2_1-2.mp3]
Since you are trying to work without editors and publications because of their restrictions, how do you reach new people?[audio:http://cdn.journalism.cuny.edu/blogs.dir/87/files/2009/12/Zoriah-3_1-2.mp3]