In alternating first-person narratives,

Shooting Ghosts documents the things O’Reilly and co-author Thomas Brennan saw and did.

O’Reilly describes how he and his co-author were affected by war, and how they navigated the psychological aftershocks and wrestled with reforming their own identities and moral centres.

Listen to his talk at the Journalism School, set against the backdrop of his haunting photos of war.

Wherever conflict was happening, Finbarr was there

Prof. Allan Thompson

Part One: War, in the words of U.S. Marine Thomas Brennan

Part Two: I started to think that maybe what I’m doing, this adventurous interesting lifestyle, is a bit selfish

Finbarr O'Reilly

Part Three: It’s a story really about an unlikely friendship between two guys who made a decision to go to war

Finbarr O'Reilly

Part Four: Questions from the audience

About Finbarr O'Reilly

Combat photographer Finbarr O’Reilly began his journalism career with the Ottawa Citizen, covered Africa as a Reuters correspondent and staff photographer for 10 years. 

He won the World Press Photo of the Year in 2006 for his image of a mother and child at an emergency feeding centre in Niger.

O’Reilly was a 2016 writer in residence at the MacDowell Colony and at the Carey Institute for Global Good.

He was also a 2015 Yale World Fellow.

Before turning to writing, O’Reilly was a Reuters senior photographer based in Tel Aviv, covering lsrael and the Palestinian Territories, and the 2014 Gaza war. He was a 2013 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a 2014 Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University’s DART center for Journalism and Trauma.