It has been a while since I posted on the complexities surrounding the practice of "embedding" photographers and other journalists with military units. This is not a black and white matter - especially given how dangerous war zones have become. (They obviously always have been dangerous, but it seems to me that photographers and journalists are increasingly considered legitimate targets of violence and abduction.) Nor is it obvious to me why we draw a sharp distinction between photographers who are embedded with military units and those embedded with, say, NGOs or other government or corporate agencies.
All of that said, here is a report from Alternet detailing the asymmetries unavoidable for any journalist of photographer embedded with the U.S. military. In this case the photographer is Zoriah Miller, one of whose terrific images I've included above. You may also find this essay - "Embedded in Iraq," by Michael Massing- in the NYRB relevant to thinking about this practice more generally.