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Chapter 1. The Value of an Image

Chapter 1. The Value of an Image

Helicopter rescue following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

ISO 800 f/6.3 1/2000 300mm

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I was scheduled to cover the U.S. Open in 2005 when I got a call from the New York Times asking if I wanted to cover a hurricane.

I’d covered a few hurricanes before, but they were never really a big deal. They were, frankly, kind of fun and involved driving around in 100-mile-per-hour winds, photographing people being stupid. I accepted the new assignment and caught the last flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Houston, Texas, where I met the reporter, Ralph Blumenthal. This was the night before Hurricane Katrina hit.

When you make images like this overseas, you almost always rationalize it. This would never happen in my country. It’s a very common thing we say as journalists.


  

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