Bangkok, Agnès Dherbeys
Shooting at close range: This photo was taken at night, right at the beginning of the Battle of Bangkok. One of the main leaders of the antigovernment Red Shirts had gotten shot by a sniper, which led to an uprising. Barricades were being built, stones thrown. The guy lying down in front of me was throwing stones at the soldiers (stones were the rebels' only weapons) and hiding from the bullets. Lying down behind him, I felt the same way he did: very scared. I tend to work this way, and use my feelings to photograph. I need to empathize with my subjects. So when I take pictures, being physically close to them seems like the normal thing to do. What is the point of just being a spectator, hiding far away behind a zoom lens?
My next assignment: I'd like to work on a more personal topic. I want to travel to Korea, where I am from originally. I was adopted from there but have never been back. I would like to follow the lives of women who chose to give away their babies.
French photographer Agnès Dherbeys, 34, is based in Thailand. She recently won the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award from the Overseas Press Club.
Photo: May 13, 2010 A Red Shirt protester takes cover after throwing stones at government troops in Bangkok.