HARSH RE­AL­ISM IN BLINK OF A LENS

> PHO­TOG­RA­PHER RISKS LIFE FOR RUSH OF RECORD­ING WAR

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Stage - By John Bei­fuss

“HOW MANY NAME­LESS dead bodies have I stepped over?”

Mem­phis pho­to­jour­nal­ist Robert King asks him­self that dark rhetor­i­cal ques­tion in the doc­u­men­tary “Shoot­ing Robert King,” which makes its lo­cal de­but Thurs­day, on the open­ing night of the 12th an­nual In­die Mem­phis Film Fes­ti­val at Malco’s Stu­dio on the Square.

Born and now based here, King, 40, is per­haps un­sung in his home­town, but his photo credit is fa­mil­iar to ed­i­tors at Time, Newsweek, USA To­day, The New York Times and the other pub­li­ca­tions that have pub­lished his har­row­ing front-line pic­tures from con­flicts in Bos­nia, Afghanistan, Chech­nya, Rwanda and Iraq. (Closer to home, King an­gered McNairy County of­fi­cials by snap­ping exclusive jail­house pho­tos of mur­der

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