I’m still shocked by the news of Camille Lepage’s death in Central African Republic last week. We finally met in person a few weeks ago at the New York Times Lens Portfolio Review. It’s been tough to see her picture all over social media, but it’s good to see her infectious smile and her work reach so many.
There has been little new information regarding her death, though this Le Monde article has more detail than most publications, and Google Translate does a passable job on it. A number of publications and individuals have published thoughtful remembrances of Camille and her work in the past few days (and I’m sure many more in French, as well), and I thought it’d be good to collect the links here.
- Honoring the life and death of Camille Lepage, by Christena Dowsett
- Camille Lepage, 1988 – 2014 (and in French), by Wilfrid Estève
- Camille Lepage: A brilliant career cut short, by Fred Dufour
- Bearing Witness, Losing Her Life, by Nicholas Kulish
- Photographer Camille Lepage Killed in Central African Republic, by Andrew Katz
- First Person: Photojournalist Killings Make My Work Dangerous by Lynsey Addario
- A facebook post by Ahmed Hayman
- *Happy* Witness: Slain Photographer Camille Lepage Remembered, by Christian Putsch
- Photojournalist Camille Lepage Killed in Central African Republic, by Matt Lutton
- There have been 400+ comments, mostly in remembrance, on Lepage’s last instagram post.
- And a wikipedia page for Lepage appeard on May 14, 2014.
The UN, Committee to Protect Journalists, and the International Federation of Journalists and the European Federation of Journalists, have all condemned the killing and joined calls for an investigation into Lepage’s killing. Reports seem to indicate that the people she was travelling with were ambushed and all were killed. Immediately after news of her death became known, French president François Hollande called the killing a murder or assassination, and called for an investigation into the circumstances of her killing. Camille Lepage is not the only journalist to have been killed this year. As of this writing, Reporters Without Borders lists 18 journalists killed in 2014, and the Committee to Protect Journalists reports 15. Those killed have been both foreign and local journalists.