Reporter Andrew Harding says farewell to cameraman Christian Parkinson
Andrew Harding, Africa correspondent for the BBC has been working closely with camerman and picture editor Christian Parkinson in the past twenty years. Together they have talked their way out of trouble, lugged gear, played street soccer, cajoled soldiers, raced for planes, trekked through jungles, taken fishing boats into besieged towns and armoured cars into besieged villages in Africa.
He notes how reporters and cameraman have a marriage-like relation, and how they sometimes end up in unwieldy situations together.
"Chris has a great eye, an amazing capacity for languages, a level head, and - except when he's hungry - a relentless, gregarious, good cheer. Life may be full of close partnerships. But in this line of work, few relationships are more important, odd, entertaining or terrifyingly interdependent as that between reporter and cameraman."
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