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The photojournalist has long been known as the lone wolf, traveling solo to the far-flung corners of the world to document experiences few are capable of seeing. By function, it’s often a solitary quest, lonely and alienating; rarely as romantic as the photographs make it appear.
So it’s significant when a couple of fledgling photographers meet at a card table in New Delhi, far from their respective homes, and form a friendship. Even more so when, two years later, those same photographers, Adam Ferguson and Zackary Canepari, score almost simultaneous covers of Timemagazine and The New York Times.
After that first meeting, Ferguson and Canepari developed a camaraderie and healthy competition in India that took them through the dangerous hotspots of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Together they learned how to navigate the logistical hurdles of struggling photojournalists in an underdeveloped country. They discussed photography incessantly and edited one another’s work, always striving for that next level. They got assignments from top publications and ultimately developed a friendship founded in photography.
Raw File asked the pair over e-mail to describe each other’s photography and the competitive bond that formed in some of the most war-torn countries in the world.