It was so close

Bosnia sarajevo sniper alley

Chris Etchells, United Kingdom. sniper alley, sarajevo.

«Sarajevo was the most dangerous place I have worked on a long-term basis. But I could leave. The occupants of Sarajevo couldn’t. That was one of the strange things about covering it – it was so close to London. You could be back at Heathrow in a couple of hours. People would pass carrying skis, or off to the Caribbean, and you’d feel like screaming, “Why don’t you understand?” You become a terrible dinner guest.»

Tom Stoddart, Siege of Sarajevo, 1992.

The shot that nearly killed me: War photographers – a special report