PICTURING WAR

Every day we see pictures of war and conflict. But who decides which pictures we see and how do they reach an international audience from the world's conflict zones? We follow photographer Benjamin Hiller to Iraq, Syria and Rwanda and the journey his pictures take. This documentary offers a unique insight into the daily realities of his business.

Pictures determine how we perceive the world. And no pictures are as important as those that document human oppression, persecution and murder – war pictures. We accompanied war photographer Benjamin Hiller to places rarely visited by normal citizens: refugee camps in northern Iraq, Rwandan genocide memorials and we meet Kurdish women fighters in Syria. The film focuses on the pictures' journey: from preparations in Hiller's one-room Berlin apartment and tiresome search for interested editors to the difficult and perilous journey to the world's crisis zones. But how – miles away from the actual events – do newspaper editors and international photo agencies choose the stories and photos their readers ultimately get to see? With the volume of digital photos growing continuously, what is the future of photo journalism? Should a photographer risk his life for a photo that earns him just € 30? The film offers an in-depth view of the everyday challenges faced by a free-lance war photographer.

Genre Current Affairs
Length 58’ HD
Film by Konstantin Flemig
Production EIKON Südwest in co-production with Filmakademie Baden-Würtemberg for SWR with the support of MFG – Filmförderung Baden-Würtemberg
Original Title Bilderkrieg
Year 2016

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PICTURING WAR WEB BilderKrieg_01 A Kurdish Peshmerga at the last checkpoint North of Maxmur, Iraq.

The internet and press are full of photos from the world’s war and crises regions. Who decides which photos we see? How do they end up on our screens? We accompany a war photographer to Iraq, Syria and Rwanda.
Pictures determine how we perceive the world. And no pictures are as important as those that document human oppression, persecution and murder – war pictures. We accompanied war photographer Benjamin Hiller to places rarely visited by normal citizens: refugee camps in northern Iraq, Rwandan genocide memorials and we meet Kurdish women fighters in Syria. The film focuses on the pictures’ journey: from preparations in Hiller’s one-room Berlin apartment and tiresome search for interested editors to the difficult and perilous journey to the world’s crisis zones. But how – miles away from the actual events – do newspaper editors and international photo agencies choose the stories and photos their readers ultimately get to see? With the volume of digital photos growing continuously, what is the future of photo journalism? Should a photographer risk his life for a photo that earns him just € 30? The film offers an in-depth view of the everyday challenges faced by a free-lance war photographer.

Current Affairs
Length 58’ HD
Film by Konstantin Flemig
Co-Production EIKON Südwest and Filmakademie Baden-Würtemberg for SWR with the support of MFG – Filmförderung Baden-Würtemberg, 2016
Original title Bilderkrieg