'I could see gas masks all around and [the fighters] were all talking about this. Everyone was already having problems with their eyes. One day I did an interview with the commander of the little position. These guys are used to shelling, fighting, snipers. That’s their life. But chemicals, you never know. It has a real psychological effect. You cannot smell it or see it for certain. Sometimes there is not even smoke.
At first I was scared with what I saw and what I was carrying, because we knew it was something that could change everything….My colleague and I had a long argument. Should we release everything when we were stuck in Damascus? Do we run the story and send it to the newspapers right away? But then we would be a bigger target, so we decided to not do it.’
-Laurent Van der Stockt on realizing that Assad’s forces in Syria were using chemical weapons. Read more - The Photographer Who Crossed Obama’s ‘Red Line’
Image by Laurent Van der Stockt/Reportage by Getty Images, from Nerve Gas in Syria