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To Photograph Devotion, You Have to Feel It First

The Virgin Mary: How Do You Photograph Her Impact? WATCH: Diana Markosian discusses the difficult task of finding a way to photograph people's notions of the most powerful woman in the world: the Virgin Mary.

When Diana Markosian was asked to photograph her first assignment for National Geographic magazine, a piece on the power and legacy of the Virgin Mary, she was cautious. She didn’t grow up with a strong devotion to Mary, and she wanted to make sure she could still tell the story in a powerful way.

In the video above she speaks about her quest to develop an emotional connection with the story and how, in the end, she discovered a kind of kinship between her own role as a photographer and the blessed mother.

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In the Deir al Adra monastery, in Minya, Egypt, Muslims and Christians alike light candles to commemorate the Holy Family’s stay during their biblical flight into Egypt. A Marian festival here draws two million of the faithful each year. Photograph by Diana Markosian

See how Markosian collaborated with Mary devotees in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, bringing their sightings of the Virgin to life, on Proof.

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