National Geographic photojournalist Ami Vitale had a chance to shoot in some of the most dangerous places and situations around the world but she always choose to try and find another perspective, one that will show the humanity amongst the atrocities of war.
Even when faced with some of the worst mankind has to offer Vitale looked for something different. Yes, suffering sells papers and magazines but in many war-zones there are also stories of love and beauty.
For her becoming a war photographer was not a concious choice and so finding a different perspective on these events made sense. In the short National Geographic lecture above Vitale try to tell (some) of the story of how she became a war photographer and how she decided to move her lens from the actual fighting to the daily lives of those who are effected by it.
Vitale gave a more in-depth look into her work and perspectives on photography on this B&H video including a tip which we see again and again from many great photographers over the years – in order to keep your passion for photography find a topic which you like and do a personal project – even if you have little time – find an hour or two each week and spend it on this project – this will keep you sharp and will make sure that you will continue to feel passionate about photography for many years to come.