"A rare view for the photographer, exciting but a great sense of vulnerability, knowing that the Talkiban have ground to air missiles" "Always a worrying moment advancing with an army in full battle cry. I never get used to it, enormous butterflies. The thought is, Will I see the end of this day in another life!" “This is possibly the first image taken of an Iraqui prisoner during the ground invasion in 2003. I really felt I was recording a defining moment in modern history but sad at the same time that we had entered another war” "A marine comforts a small Afghan child after she has been hit by a grenade in a battle between rival Taliban insurgents. The baby's cry was so loud it could be heard over the roar of the gigantic black hawk helicopters" "Fighters from one of Somalia's warring factions, hired to protect journalists working on the streets of Mogadishu. It's impossible for journalists to work in Somalia without protection. Care has to be taken to hire the right faction in the right part of town. A very scary time indeed. My alert senses were running rampant all the way through this and many other assignments to Somalia" "Grandmother and her grandchild beg for money from the photographer while waiting for polio and measles vaccinations. The child's parents were killed by the Taliban and now have no means of support. It is at times like this, when I feel so utterly useless with just a camera around my neck. I only hope that an image like this will provoke a politician's conscience and be spurred into doing something for them." "Another one of my favorite images. This one from Ethiopia during the civil war. This woman was so very very protective to her little girl who eyed me so suspiciously. A wonderful image that just screams love and care." "So sad, two Burmese refugee children (brother and sister) in a refugee camp in Thailand,. They cannot find their mother and are desperately sad. As a father this breaks my heart. " "This little Afghan refugee was deeply traumatized, and I felt a little ashamed that I was exploiting his trauma for a photograph. But this image does convey the distress that many refugees face." "So sad to see small children doing the work of adults and not having the time just to be children. After I took this picture I helped carry that bucket of water. It was insanely heavy." "Afghan children in a refugee camp in Pakistan. So young to be worrying about such things as fetching the family water supply up two three times a day. These girls' lives are one of nothing but chores and more chores. Although it makes a nice colorful image you cannot hear the little ones labored breathing. i often want to put the camera down because I feel the desperate need to help and sometimes I do." "During the brutal civil war in former Yugoslavia there were atrocities on all sides. These women are grieving at the fresh burial plots of their soldier son, father and brother all of the same family. The soft crying and wailing is a sound that still haunts me." "This Burmese woman refugee in a camp in Thailand gave me such a stern look, reminding me of my matriarchal grandmother that I instinctively backed off. My translator nearly collapsed with laughter and I with delayed embarrassment." "This Burmese refugee in a camp in Thailand could not stop giggling every time I pointed the camera at her. In the end we were both just rendered useless with laughter." "A woman on her way to work passes an optimistic mural on "The Wall" constructed to keep Israelis and Palestinians apart. Jerusalem: Israel It is deeply disturbing that this religious segregation is happening in 2015. I support neither side but I can't help feeling a core sadness in our humanity or lack of it." "One of my favorite pictures, I was very nervous taking it, as I thought that the ballerina would not like to be photographed smoking. But to quote her, "Darling…This is real life, sex, booze, smoking, Let's live." "One of the first images of ballet I shot, I am still very much learning my craft photographing dance. This image is a constant reminder to me that I have a lot to learn in this genre." "I had the rare and rather wonderful opportunity of photographing Ballerina Mathilde Froustey - principle dancer of the San Francisco ballet company here in Los Angeles. Mathilde was the true profesional in every respect. I really did nothing apart from capture I hope the true grace of such a talented performer. At the end of the shoot She said, "Lets have some fun Sebastian" She suggested the fridge image - I was very pleasantly surprised at her fun and devil may care attitude. It suited my ethos completely. The image portrays fun, athleticism, cheeky devilment and of course the sensual nature of a very beautiful woman."
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