What journalists maintain entry lines: Patrick Tombola, Middle East

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He may be shortlisted at Lumix Festival, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, FOTO8, and Directly Festival, and the like, and it has exhibited his function in Italy, England, Australia, and France. They have been published in Die Zeit, L’Espresso, Globalpost, NDR TV, The Telegraph, Deutsche Welle, Le Parisienne, The Germans, and many other outlets.

His studies in political economy and law have strongly influenced his ethics, journalistic approach, and keenness for social justice. In video and photography, he’s found both a vehicle for mass communication and something of private introspection.

You can see recent work from Patrick on his site and follow updates from him on Twitter. Here’s consumers gear he carries while in the field:

  • 13″ MacBook Air — the lighter, the better
  • Hasselblad Xpan panoramic film camera
  • Canon 5D MKIII
  • 35mm 1.4 lens
  • 24-105 f4
  • Canon flash 580EX
  • Mamiya 6
  • GoPro silver edition
  • Rode Videomic Pro
  • Rode NTG 1
  • Zoom H4N
  • Adata 750g hard drive x 2
  • Tons of medium format and 35mm film — always Fuji 400 and 160
  • Underwater DSLR case
  • Inmarsat satellite phone — calls are cheaper than one would think, 50c each minute worldwide
  • RISC first-aid pack
  • Medicine bag
  • Mummy linen
  • Long-haul pack containing: blowup pillow, head torch, headphones, sleeping earplugs, eye patches, sleeping tablets, mini
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Camel bag — where I’m going plenty of water may be a must
  • Kindle — many books out and about


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