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Photographers Recount Covering Israel-Hezbollah Conflict

Photographers Tyler Hicks and Rina Castelnuovo of The New York Times describe their experiences covering the Middle East conflict over the last month in Lebanon and Israel.

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    Finally tonight, images from the war in Lebanon and Israel. Yesterday, we asked two photographers from the New York Times to show us some of their work and talk about their own experiences covering this conflict.

    Tyler Hicks was still in Lebanon. Rina Castelnuovo, a contract photographer for the Times, spoke to us by phone from northern Israel.

  • TYLER HICKS, Photographer:

    My name is Tyler Hicks. I'm a staff photographer with the New York Times. I've been in Tyre, Lebanon, for the past month, covering the conflict between Hezbollah fighters and the Israeli military.

    It wasn't until this week that the cease-fire took place and we were actually able to get out and start seeing some of the villages where the heavier fighting had been going on.

    There was a town in southern Lebanon where I photographed a Hezbollah funeral. I followed one small convoy into a small village where there were suddenly hundreds and hundreds of people in the streets who welcomed this casket, which was draped in the Hezbollah flag and carried in a procession through the streets and then to a family home, where this was the first time we'd really seen the really strong emotion of the people and really support of Hezbollah in some of these villages.

  • RINA CASTELNUOVO, Photographer:

    My name is Rina Castelnuovo, and I'm a photographer for the New York Times. And I've been covering the border town of Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel. It was hit by a rain of rockets for the past month, and I've been covering the civilian front and the military front.

    The cease-fire, which took effect at 7 in the morning, such a calm came on the city that it was hard to get used to it after a whole month of continuous bombardment. There were rockets falling; there were artillery shells going off. And then, the next day, the cease-fire is announced, and it was quiet. And it took us a moment to understand that this is really happening and war is over, at least that's what it seems to be.