NBC has been running video all morning of the disaster is Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia from the Earthquake and Tsunami. The video is rather disturbing, it depicts people being washed away by a fast moving river, some people on the bank are making rescue attempts with long poles. Dozens of people are shown in the river while there are very few trying to pull them out. The photographer(videographer) is standing on the sidelines wathing this all happen. So at what point should the photographer drop the camera and try to save these people? The photograph, while important, isn't worth letting someone die over. <br><br> There are precidents, for instance the "Death of a Spansih Soldier", in that case the photographer(W. Eugene Smith, I think) trying to set up his photograph led to the soldier's death(shot by a sniper), but it was unintentional.<br><br> I'm interested to hear from people who work as photojournalists, and interested to know if anyone has been in a similar situation before where they've had to choose between getting the picture and saving a life. Obviously there are various situations and what should be done depends greatly on the context. I wouldn't expect a photographer in Iraq to pick up a rifle and start shooting back. But when should you, and how extensivly, get involved as a journalist?