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APRIL 15, 2003 · The images of the dead are difficult to take in, especially for those who are paid to document the Iraq war for readers back home. David Leeson, a senior photographer for The Dallas Morning News, says there are some images too gruesome for him to photograph. Many reporters with troops in Iraq have made similar choices. Few pictures of death appear in U.S. newspapers and magazines, and they are rarely aired on U.S. television networks. Deciding how and when to photograph the dead is a difficult question. In this War Diary entry, Leeson offers his thoughts.
This man had been shot behind the wheel of his car and when I got to the car he had no face. So, it was entirely too sad and too gruesome at the same time. It just didn't seem fitting for human life to be photographed in that state. So, I just didn't do it. I walked away from it and went and found something else to photograph.
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