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James Mason | profile | all galleries >> Sarajevo, 1992 and 1993 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Sarajevo, 1992 and 1993

I never stayed for long periods in Sarajevo, the way some journalists did. I now regret that. It was expensive to stay at the Holiday Inn, but there were other ways that were relatively cheap. I sometimes flew into the city from Split on the UN's "Maybe Airlines," Hercs loaded with food and supplies for the beseiged city, or else I bummed a ride in overland from Vitez, where I had an apartment. It wasn't far from Sarajevo to Vitez, but the barriers in between were sometimes unpassable. Life in Sarajevo during the seige could be very frightening. Evil was in the air, so real you could smell it.

Normally I shot pictures with two Canon EOS-1 bodies. I carried a 20-35 zoom and an 80-200, and also a 50 1.4 lens. The Canons I kept loaded with Fuji Provia film. I also carried between one and three Leicas, all with tri-x, and with 21, 35, or 50mm lenses. The black and white here is generally shot in a Leica, although some black and white images were converted from color if I thought the image looked better simplified.
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Afternoon during the seige
Afternoon during the seige
Digging in
Digging in
Legionaire or Marine?
Legionaire or Marine?
Tweaked kid
Tweaked kid
UNPROFOR at Sarajevo airport
UNPROFOR at Sarajevo airport
The fate of a tree
The fate of a tree
Children in wartime
Children in wartime
Baker
Baker
Bakers, Sarajevo
Bakers, Sarajevo
Water queue, Skenderija
Water queue, Skenderija
Fetching water
Fetching water
Bread
Bread
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