Just the other day, I received an e-mail from a photographer looking for an internship. His short note almost brought me to tears: “I come from Sarajevo, Bosnia, and my life has put me though many challenges. I am saying this because I have had the chance to see the worst in humans and was lucky enough to survive it. Since then, I have made it my goal to help people record their happiest moments, because those moments are rare and precious, and one never has too many of them.”

Matt Mendelsohn, in the Washington Post (2007), on switching careers from photojournalist to wedding photographer. Read more on weddings from the Longreads Archive.

Still one of the best magazine pieces I’ve ever read. The 3rd graf from the end shreds me every time. #longreads http://t.co/UMtUhpxRh7

— (((Jennifer Mendelsohn)))🇺🇦 (@CleverTitleTK) May 9, 2014

Photo: Dmitri Markine