John DeTarsio

A Storyteller’s Story

John DeTarsio

Freelance Photographer

CBS News 48 Hours and 60 Minutes, Dateline NBC, ABC News 20/20 and Primetime Live

NPPA Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year, 1994

It is almost sunset as muddy tires under a grey-green transport van pull to a stop just a few minutes outside Beslan Airport, North Ossetia, Russia, where freelance television photographer John DeTarsio and crew have spent more than an hour gathering up their gear. Beslan is at the foot of the Caucus mountain range, and Hell and gone from anywhere—the flight in was grueling.

The well-worn van has seen many miles; so ...

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