22 Oct. 2007
"On October 23, 2007, the Canadian troops I was embedded with were ambushed by the Taliban. A shell exploded nearby sending Sgt.-Maj. Paul Pilote flying. I couldn't see Pilote at first, but then he emerged crawling dazed and injured through the dust. I was probably photographing to suppress my own fear as much as to get a good picture. The image ran the next day on front pages across Canada. I heard later that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the Canadian commander in Kandahar to ask what was going on. The truth is nothing was going on -- this was a daily situation of troops in combat and the only difference is that a photographer was there to capture the moment. It reminded me how far removed decision-makers can be from the reality on the ground and of the importance of being there to record what is happening." Caption: Injured Canadian Sgt.-Maj. Paul Pilote from the NATO-led coalition crawls for cover seconds after his position was hit by a Taliban shell fired from an 82-millimetre recoilless rifle during an ambush in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan.