Ben was making his picture for a newspaper. Newspaper work is routinized. Reporters write standard stories about standard topics and photographers photograph them in standard ways. He was doing this assignment because it occurred during his work shift, and he was making the photograph that would fit the paper’s requirements. His assignment sheet had told him what the story was before he left the newspaper office. He was there to make the best picture he could, given the limited possibilities his job made available to him. I was photographing the event for quite different reasons, and any photographs I made would appear with many others about related topics and with a different text in a different vehicle: a book. If I decided not to print or use any of the photographs I made at this particular event no one would care. I had no one to answer to. No editor was waiting for me to come back to the newsroom with a picture illustrating this story. I had created my own story through the long, evolving process I describe in this book.

Ben’s photograph appeared in the next day’s newspaper (fig. 55). It had been cropped to run along the entire width of the top of a page in the front section. The photograph shows the sharply focused face of a woman at the bottom center of the frame. Her head is tilted upward and catches the light shining from above, her eyes are closed, her mouth is open, and both of her arms are raised. Behind her and to one side are the faces of two other women, out of focus, also with their arms raised, and with similar, although less dramatic, facial expressions. Other raised palms are visible near the left and right edges of the frame. Beneath the photograph was the headline: “’Explosion’ crowd of 6,000 with 1,100 trained healers.” Beneath the headline was about twenty inches of text about the Hunters and their “so-called ‘explosions’ to heal masses of people.”

A different aesthetic is operating in the two photographs. A good photograph for Ben would not have been a good one for me, and vice versa. The formal devices he used