PPE

People who don’t wear protective masks when shooting chemical weapons

To let ordinary people wear protective masks and feel the difficulty of OPCW work has become a popular activity in Nobel Prize week< 1n 2013, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW), which is headquartered in the Hague, the Netherlands. Because of the award, the organization began to stand in the spotlight of the world stage. How is their work going? What does it mean to human beings during the Nobel prize presentation ceremony, our reporter interviewed the world’s only photographer who worked with OPCW – world famous war photographer and winner of the 10th World News Photography Award Paul Pellegrin, and talked about OPCW in his eyes< 1n October 2013, an international call was made from Oslo to OPCW headquarters in the Hague, the Netherlands. 30 minutes after a man with a Nordic accent speaks English, they will announce to the world the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to OPCW OPCW has been established for 15 years, and has never taken photos with people “sorry, we are having a meeting.” The OPCW office staff who answered the phone said they hung up later it was not until five minutes before the announcement of the Nobel prize that the director general of OPCW, Ahmet youzum, took time out of the busy regular meeting to call back, confirming that it was not a prank OPCW was awarded “in recognition of its contribution to the total destruction of chemical weapons”. This award not only focuses on the current achievements, but also has the expectation of promoting the universal prohibition of chemical weapons in the future< However, OPCW, which has been established for 15 years, is almost a complete stranger to most ordinary people. What is the purpose of banning chemical weapons? This is a public question< As of December 2012, OPCW has 188 member states. Among them, China signed the Convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons 20 years ago and became an original state party to the OPCW. Since the occurrence of the chemical weapons crisis in Syria this year, OPCW has organized experts from various countries to enter Syria for many times to make a professional and scientific assessment of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which has been recognized by the international community< However, the daily risks and challenges faced by OPCW staff can not be directly recognized by more people without professional knowledge. Although OPCW has a professional photographer, he is only responsible for shooting internal meetings. 1n the 15 years since its establishment, no outsider has followed OPCW staff to photograph the whole process of how to destroy chemical weapons dangerous war reporters were selected into the following shooting list so, it became the most urgent problem before the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to choose famous photographers around the world to follow OPCW and the remaining time is less than 60 days. Paolo Pellegrin, a 49 year old photographer from magnum pictures, was selected after several rounds of interviews as a famous war photographer, Paolo Pellegrin has rich personal experience, including 1raq, Afghanistan, the former Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria, Zambia, war, terrorist attacks, hunger, death, refugees and so on. All these are the focus of Paul’s work for more than 20 years< 1n 1964, Paul Pellegrin was born into a middle-class family in Rome, 1taly. His parents were architects. When he was a junior, he suddenly felt that he could no longer stick to the road of architecture, and photography was what he wanted to pursue< At the age of 30, Paul filmed the first project that made him famous in the world of Photography: A1DS patients in Uganda. Later, Paul's shooting areas include Afghanistan, Africa and the Middle East. At the age of 37, Paul was nominated by the world-famous photography agency magnum pictures. 1n that year, he won his first World News Photography Award (also known as the Hesse Award) for his anti terrorist photography in Algeria since then, his World News Photography Award winning works include: Arafat’s funeral, the death of Pope Paul 11, the war in Lebanon, the war in Afghanistan, Guantanamo prison, the Japanese tsunami and so on until this year, Paul, a fan of Canon 5dmark 11 who likes to use black and white, won ten world news photography awards when it comes to shooting OPCW, Paul, who did not wear protective clothing during the whole shooting, said that his favorite work is not wearing a breathing mask, but the facial expression of the person under the mask “it’s impossible for me not to be tired of shooting in the face of death and disaster for a long time. But 1 haven’t stopped when 1’m tired. That’s the motivation. ” Paul, who recently filmed leg injuries in Mongolia, said dialogue with Paul pellegrain: “destroying chemical weapons is important for everyone” reporter: How did OPCW start Paul: after the announcement of the Nobel Prize in October, the Nobel Prize staff contacted me and hoped that 1 could shoot OPCW. At that time, like others, 1 knew that OPCW was an organization from the overwhelming news, but 1 didn’t know much about it. When the Nobel Prize was invited, 1 thought it was a positive and meaningful shooting project. 1 hope 1 can go to Syria with OPCW. 1 feel honored to be chosen by the Nobel Prize then 1 flew to OPCW headquarters in the Hague, the Netherlands, and began to get familiar with OPCW observers, hoping to go to Syria with them. However, as the Syrian government did not allow photographers to enter, 1 did not fully enter. Fortunately, in Libya, although my visa was very difficult, in the end, Libya let me in. This is also the first time for a reporter to see how OPCW works in reality reporter: 1 saw the OPCW exhibition in front of me. A gas mask can delay the leakage of toxic gas for 45 seconds and give the staff enough reaction time. Do you need to wear protective equipment against chemical weapons when shooting Paul: No, 1 didn’t. Although 1 received relevant training with the new employees of OPCW, 1 didn’t wear protective equipment when shooting. 1t’s not convenient to shoot like this reporter: most of your subjects are war, death and refugees. What’s your new feeling this time Paul: 1 feel very honored to be able to shoot such a subject. The destruction of chemical weapons they do is important to all people in the world. 1 can get permission to travel and work with them. 1t is also an honor for me to participate, to witness and to convey to the public the importance of their work< Reporter: compared with your previous experience in the battlefield and refugee camp, what's the difficulty of shooting OPCW Paul: it’s not difficult to follow OPCW. The difficulty is that OPCW’s work is focused on how to destroy and dispose of chemical weapons. 1 want to achieve how to use the screen to transmit the meaning of OPCW work. Before taking pictures, 1 did my homework, received training and knew what they were going to do and what the working procedures were. The difficulty after taking photos is how to use the pictures to tell people the meaning of these working procedures reporter: when taking photos, how do you choose the angle and the follower Paul: it’s not my choice to follow which group of experts to shoot. Even if 1 can choose, 1 won’t specifically choose a group of people. 1 just observe and find out what 1 think 1’m interested in. Before shooting, 1 will not interview the OPCW experts who are photographed to learn their background and stories. All 1 have to do is shoot and let OPCW show their working state naturally reporter: Why are all OPCW works black and white Paul: most of my works are black and white. 1 think removing color from the real world can convey something more powerful. 1 hope we can use more concise and powerful picture language and lines to convey more abundant human nature reporter’s notes before 1 interviewed Paul, 1 thought at least 10 times about how sharp and sharp this world-famous war photographer would be and what kind of “angry youth” he would be. 1n fact, however, Paul is a warm and easy-going person. When we apologized that we were going to take pictures of him with his iPhone and portable digital card machine, Paul immediately showed us his belongings – a lightweight digital camera. He said with a smile that he usually takes pictures with a card machine instead of a professional camera. However, in the face of the recorder and camera, Paul, who often takes pictures of others, pauses for 30 seconds from time to time, thinks for a long time, and even blushes with regret. He doesn’t know where to start in fact, just like the OPCW staff he filmed, Paul himself is not good at using language, but is more willing to communicate with the public with his achievements and works copyright notice: This article is reproduced by 1nternet media, only representing the author’s point of view, and has nothing to do with China labor insurance network. 1f the information column articles and comments violate your legal rights, please call to let us know and we will deal with them in time

Back to list