Photographing grief is so difficult. I've had to do it, and believe me I'd rather do anything else. It is difficult to not feel like you're invading people lives at their worst moments. I've dealt with this in different ways, but it often boils down to the fact that my news organization is reporting on the news of the day. Much of that is about policy, statistics and quotes from political leaders. Photographs put a human face on the news. It helps us understand why it all matters. So, it is hard. It's probably the most difficult thing photojournalists have to do. I respect Mahmud's respect for his subject here. In photographic terms he is using light and lines very well.
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A female relative of Basem Ebid mourns during his funeral in Gaza City 21 Nov. 21, 2006. Two Palestinian militants were killed and at least six other people wounded today in an Israeli air strike on a vehicle in Gaza City, medical sources said.