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Photo: Margaret Gypsy Moth/CNN. Photojournalist Margaret Moth is recalled by CNN colleagues as a true professional who lived life to the full.

Photo: Margaret Gypsy Moth/CNN.
Photojournalist Margaret Moth is recalled by CNN colleagues as a true professional who lived life to the full.

Fearless

Remembering Margaret Moth

 “If Your Pictures aren’t Good Enough

You aren’t Close Enough”

Robert Capa

Margaret Gypsy Moth was one who believed to tell the story best you had to get close to the action. She followed that dictum time and time again and during several conflicts when other journalists were running for cover Margaret was seen standing her ground, pointing her camera at the soldiers pointing their weapons back at her.

She had a love of history in the making: “I want to be there,” she said, “I want to be part of it.” She did not see herself as having a death wish and resented it when she was seen that way.

Simply put, Margaret Gypsy Moth made an impression.

Given her jet-black hair, thick black eyeliner, black clothes and combat boots (which she often slept in while on assignment), people didn’t always know what to think upon meeting her. She was quirky, the sort who excused herself from a social gathering by saying she had to wash her socks. And she was fearless, the kind of woman who not only kept the camera rolling while under fire, but zoomed in on a soldier who was shooting at her.

Colleagues learned quickly to appreciate all that this camerawoman was. Beyond her rich personality, which included deep optimism and kindness, she brought to her profession top-notch technical abilities, unmatched dedication and an approach to work that inspired others to push themselves.

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