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WASHINGTON’S WAYS AND MEANS

In Washington, DC, Capitol Hill witnessed a flurry of activity in the last few weeks with Democrats and Republicans slugging it out over the budget and threatening to shut down the government. I photographed House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal, April 14, 2011, while both House Republicans and Democrats faced tepid response from the media in the wake of the political theater debacle.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, makes his way to the podium to address the media at the in the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Gallery at U.S. Capitol in Washington DC.

Boehner, answered questions about divisions within his own party.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio faced a room full of reporters, alone on the dais.

Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. had more company with Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md, when she faced reporters moments before Boehner took the stage.

Pelosi fiddled with her wedding ring during the press conference.

On May 2, 2011 I will head to the Kingdom of Bhutan, said to be the happiest place on Earth, to teach photojournalism to local photographers. I received this intriguing invitation in March and could not resist an opportunity to travel to this little documented nation.  I may not know a word of Dzongkha but look forward to communicating in the universal language of photography. Look for upcoming reports on my visit to the last Shangri-La.

 

Our hearts are heavy this week with the loss of our two dear friends and colleagues, Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington, who were killed in a firefight in Libya. Not only were these two men great photojournalists but humans of considerable courage and heart.

 

I did not know Tim but became friends with Chris in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Barriers among people break down in war zones and through our shared connections in Fayetteville, NC and the kinship of journalists; Chris and I became fast friends.

 

Unfortunately, Tim and Chris join a long line of journalists who have paid the ultimate price to inform us of the perils and injustices of our world. Two other photojournalists were injured alongside them—Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown. I wish them and every other person injured in conflict a swift recovery and safe passage home.

 

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