ISO 400 – Jake Simkin Talks About Conflict Photography

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How do you find moments of humanity in sheer chaos? What do you do when you’re confronted with a situation where it’s better to help than take the photograph? These are some of the things Jake Simkin has to consider in any given situation he finds himself. A photographer and filmmaker, Simkin has worked in some of the heaviest conflicts in recent memory, from the war in Afghanistan to the ongoing war in Syria. He’s seen more than most people can handle, and yet he goes out to tell the stories that need to be told. It was the tsunami in 2004 that pulled him to Banda Aceh away from the commercial work he’d been doing up until that point. Since then he’s sought to tell stories of survival.

A selection of his photographs and the episode are below. If you’d like to see more of his work, you can visit his website and follow him on Instagram.

As always, our music is provided Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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ICRC staff member Patricia gives an assessment on an infant in the maternity ward

ICRC staff member Patricia gives an assessment on an infant in the maternity ward

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A woman walks along the destruction. People have very little money or none at all to flee the fighting and so must prepare for the continual conflict in their region.

A woman walks along the destruction. People have very little money or none at all to flee the fighting and so must prepare for the continual conflict in their region.