How to Survive Kidnappings in Conflict Areas

So, you want that dream assignment in Iraq or Afghanistan? Better be prepared then. Arm yourself with these tips from several veterans of conflict areas.

Risk consultancy firm AKE’s Tim Crockett says “Plan ahead, do research, and conduct your own risk assessment,” before embarking on photography assignments to conflict areas.

Photographer Adam Pletts advises: “Make sure you trust the people you’re working with and discuss with them what you’ll do if anything goes wrong.”

Molly Bingham urges conflict photographers to prepare psychologically for risks and take a course in surviving hostile regions, while photojournalist Ed Kashi suggests setting up a communications systems with family and colleague in case something dire happens.

The photographers were interviewed for the feature article “Occupational Hazard” by PDNonline.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.