Photojournalists have been in Haiti since day one, documenting the aftermath of the 7.0-magnitude Port-au-Prince earthquake that ravaged the country on Jan. 12.
Among the photographers covering the disaster was Miami Herald staffer Patrick Farrell, who won a Pulitzer Prize last year for his coverage of 2008's Hurricane Ike, which devastated Haiti. Others, such as Washington Post photographers Carol Guzy and Niki Kahn and AP photographer Gerald Herbert, flew into the neighboring Dominican Republic and drove across the Haitian border from the eastern side of the island. Most photographers arrived within 24 hours of the disaster by small planes, carrying news crews and rescue aid.
In addition to struggling to obtain basics such as food, shelter and water, photographers have had difficulties finding fuel to travel around and reliable internet connections through which they can send images back to the United States. Many images have been sent via text message instead.
One growing concern is that the large media presence on Haiti is using up valuable supplies. The New Republic counted 50 U.S. TV reporters in Haiti in January and advised that the media should work together in a press pool to share coverage rather than sending multiple correspondents.
Photographers on the island, like USA Today's Jack Gruber, say that the media have been benefiting, not hindering, relief workers by helping with rescue missions and medical care. As an example, Gruber recounted how he used the light from his iPhone to help deliver a baby in the night.
Some publications, such as The New York Times, have been sending generators, water, water purifiers and batteries along with photographers to cover the Haitian relief effort.