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Learning to be a journalist

Some people spend years trying to learn our craft, spending thousands on graduate schools. Others just go where the news is, roll up their sleeves and give it a shot.

I can’t say that my friend David Lang’s method is the best way to get into the business, but it’s not the craziest either. David is an accomplished photographer who has been learning the craft of making pictures for some time, but this winter he went out on a limb. He flew to Pakistan for a month to cover the presidential elections there and to explore Afghanistan.

So now, camera and lights in hand, David is having a hell of an adventure, and he’s no longer just a documentary photographer. He’s a journalist. His blog about his experiences in the ‘stans is funny, engaging and definitely worth a read. I have a feeling we’ll all be seeing much more of his work soon.