Friday, July 03, 2009

Miami photographer in Afghanistan

A U.S. Marine from 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, RCT 2nd Battalion 8th Marines Echo Co. yells to his fellow Marines as they take enemy fire during the start of Operation Khanjari on July 2, 2009 in Main Poshteh, Afghanistan. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Miami resident and Getty Images photographer Joe Raedle is in the thick of the of the fighting in Afghanistan.

Today one of Joe's images from the fighting landed on the front page of both the New York Times and the Miami Herald.

The New York Times photo blog, Lens, featured more of Joe's images in a slideshow yesterday.

(The Denver Post's photo blog has also posted dozens of Joe's images here.)

This is not the first time that Joe, a former Sun-Sentinel photographer and so-so UM baseball player, has risked his life to cover a conflict.

As the post on Lens points out, Joe was wounded covering a battle in March of 2003 in Nasiriyah, Iraq.
Joe "was hit twice in the back by flying shrapnel from an exploding mortar shell. Spared serious injury by his flak jacket, he kept on taking and transmitting pictures. He recalled young Marines crawling up to him while the firefight raged to say: 'What are you doing out here? We have to be here. You don’t.' "

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