Here’s the Last-Known Picture of Two Missing Times Journalists

Journalists, including New York Times photographers Tyler Hicks (right in glasses) and Lynsey Addario (far left), run for cover during a bombing run by Libyan government planes at a checkpoint near the oil refinery of Ras Lanuf March 11, 2011. Hicks and Addario, along with NYT correspondents Stephen Farrell and Anthony Shadid, are missing since falling behind the lines of Muammar Gaddafi's advancing forces two days ago, the NYT announced on Wednesday. Picture taken March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Conroy (LIBYA - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST MEDIA IMAGES OF THE DAY) Photo: ? STR New / Reuters

You very rarely see what cameramen, be they video or still, look like in the field. I often wonder what is going on behind the scenes when I look at scary, intensely vivid wartime photographs. Do the photographers stick out? Are people paying attention to them? How close are they to the action? Is it terrifying? This photo, by Reuters photographer Paul Conroy, gives you a pretty good idea. It shows New York Times photographers Tyler Hicks (on the right, in the glasses) and Lynsey Addario (almost off-camera, on left) among other journalists in Ras Lanuf, Libya, as they run for cover last Friday from bombs dropped by government planes. Hicks and Addario are two of the four Times journalists that have been missing since Tuesday. The photo answers some of my questions: Yes, they are incredibly close to the action. Yes, they stick out. And yes, it looks scary as hell.