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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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Polluted water
Polluted water
Winter funeral
Winter funeral
Food line
Food line
Water truck
Water truck
The UN helps out with plastic jugs
The UN helps out with plastic jugs
Oh, he's guilty all right!
"Oh, he's guilty all right!"
Sandwiches to the graveyard
Sandwiches to the graveyard
Morning coffee
Morning coffee
Foggy afternoon
Foggy afternoon
Hitchin a ride
Hitchin a ride
The hunt for water
The hunt for water
A day's water
A day's water
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