Envision your day in the shoes of AP photographer Burhan Ozbilici. You prepare your equipment and depart for a scheduled event. Maybe grab a quick meal on the way from a local fast food place. Following your arrival, you scan the area to choose an ideal vantage point for that perfect shot.
22-year-old Turkish police man Mevlut Mert Altintas prepared for his night in much the same manor. They even had the same target. Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov.
In the midst of one of the most disturbing terrorist attacks of 2016, Ozbilici stared down the assailant through the lens of his camera in an effort to capture the scene for the world.
“I was, of course, fearful and knew of the danger if the gunman turned toward me. But I advanced a little and photographed the man as he hectored his desperate, captive audience”
In an interview with the LA Times, Ozbilici explained his thoughts in that chilling moment. “Even if I get hit and injured, or killed, I’m a journalist. I have to do my work”.
In a combat scenario with nothing but a camera, Ozbilici continued to return fire. Snapping each vivid moment at the press of a button despite the fact that he had no business remaining in the room.
Once it came time to evacuate, the photographer left with the rest of the crowd. The gunman was later killed in a shootout with authorities.