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NEWSP_171005_03.JPG: 2017 Feature
Caught in the Crossfire
E. Jason Wambsgans
Oct. 14, 2016 Chicago
2016 was Chicago's deadliest year in nearly two decades. Nightly shootings in the city's poorest neighborhoods sent the murder rate soaring. Dozens of victims were children: innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire.
Tavon Tanner, 10, was gazing at the moon from his family's porch when a bullet ripped through his body, tearing into his pancreas, stomach, spleen, a kidney and his left lung before lodging below his shoulder. His sister screamed, "Twin, don't leave me."
Chicago Tribune photographer Jason Wambsgans was with the family as Tavon recovered and had surgery to remove the bullet. Tavon has nightmares and a permanent risk of infection. His mother left her job to care for him. Months later, his shooter remained unknown.
The first time he met Tavon, Wambsgans asked the boy to show him his scar. Tavon lifted his shirt. "I shot two frames and I looked at the back of my camera and a shock went through me," said Wambsgans. "I turned the camera off and thanked him. I knew it was more than enough to tell the story."
NEWSP_171005_12.JPG: 2017 Breaking News
Philippine Drug War
Oct. 9, 2016, the Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte rose to power in the Philippines in 2016 on a promise to kill 100,000 criminals and dump their bodies in Manila Bay to "fatten all the fish there." In the months that followed, thousands of people, including innocent victims, were gunned down in the streets by police and armed vigilantes.
Freelance photographer Daniel Berehulak covered the story for The New York Times. Over 35 days, he photographed 57 murder victims in Manila, the capital. Berehulak's photos exposed the gruesome realities of the government's war on drugs: bodies lying on trash heaps, stacked like firewood in a morgue or with their heads wrapped in packing tape alongside cardboard signs labeling them drug addicts or dealers. "They are slaughtering us like animals," a bystander said.
At one man's wake, his 6-hear-old daughter screamed "Papa" as his coffin was removed. "These aren't bodies," said Berehulak. "These are family members, these are husbands, these are fathers. What I was trying to do was to give these people a face and a name."
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2017 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences in Pensacola, FL, Chattanooga, TN (via sites in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee) and Fredericksburg, VA,
a family reunion in The Dells, Wisconsin (via sites in Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin),
New York City, and
my 12th consecutive San Diego Comic Con trip (including sites in Arizona).
For some reason, several of my photos have been published in physical books this year which is pretty cool. Ones that I know about:
"Tarzan, Jungle King of Popular Culture" (David Lemmo),
"The Great Crusade: A Guide to World War I American Expeditionary Forces Battlefields and Sites" (Stephen T. Powers and Kevin Dennehy),
"The American Spirit" (David McCullough),
"Civil War Battlefields: Walking the Trails of History" (David T. Gilbert),
"The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956 — Khrushchev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia" (Marvin Kalb), and
"The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons" (Ron Collins and David Skover).
Number of photos taken this year: just below 560,000.
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