In 2008, Paul Moakley, the deputy director of photography and visual enterprise for Time magazine (pictured), curated the first New York exhibit of photos of the Liberian Civil War taken by Tim Hetherington. The photographer was killed in action there three years later.
In explaining what went into the visual end of Time‘s 2014 Person of the Year package, Moakley writes that the exhibit and his dealings with Hetherington made him think he was destined to eventually travel to Liberia. That trip came together this fall and started in earnest here in New York on the Friday before Thanksgiving:
I woke up early so I’d be the first person at the Liberian consulate. It was totally empty and I sensed they were surprised that someone wanted to apply for a visa. I was afraid they would deny it to me if I said that I was a journalist looking to cover Ebola. And, of course that was the first question the administrator asked me.