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TOP 10: Women on the Front Lines and Behind the Lens

Stephanie Sinclair photo at Nat Geo Exhibit

Women on the Front Lines and Behind the Lens: Whitney Richardson–lens.blogs.nytimes.com–10/10/13–Photo: Stephanie Sinclair

Interview: Combat Photojournalist Heidi Levine On Covering Deadly War Zones

Conflict Photographer Heidi Levine in Jerusalem | Photo: Warrick Page

Heidi Levine covering clashes in Jerusalem between Palestinians and Israeli forces
9-22-10 | Photo: Warrick Page

UPDATE 3/24/15: The International Women’s Media Foundation Honors Heidi Levine

By Pamela Burke/June 26, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Heidi Levine and Sipa Press

I stumbled upon a fascinating article about female conflict photographers in American Photo recently and couldn’t take my eyes of off of a powerful picture of Syrian women crossing the border into Jordan shot by Heidi Levine.  It became a TWE Photo of the Week and the beginning of a journey to find Heidi and interview her for the website. Her photos from some of the world’s most volatile war zones are unforgettable slices of life, the images so real that you think you are there.

“My only explanation of why I do this would be to say I feel that I can best describe this drive as a sort of ‘calling’. It really makes me who I am.”   Heidi Levine

Heidi surfaced in Israel, residing  in a building where Jews and Arabs live together. It was important for her to live in this mixed neighborhood, she says, because it exposes her children to people from two very different backgrounds living side by side in peace.

There were many questions to ask this mother of three who is one of a special breed of female photographers covering areas of conflict in many parts of the world. Heidi was kind enough to answer our questions and to let us use her exceptional photographs. You can find Part Two here…  [Read more…]