AUSTIN -- TIME magazine named "the Ebola fighters" as the Person of the Year Wednesday, and the magazine used a local photographer to shoot the cover.
"I'm still reeling from the fact that I was given the assignment," Bryan Schutmaat said on his Facebook page. When TIME first asked Schutmaat to shoot the pictures, he thought it was on an Ebola assignment. He had no idea he was shooting the Person of the Year cover.
TIME asked Schutmaat and Dublin based photographer Jackie Nickerson to take portraits of "the Ebola fighters" around the world.
Schutmaat photographed Samaritan's Purse Dr. Kent Brantly. The 33-year-old doctor was the first American citizen to be diagnosed with Ebola. He was working in Liberia's capital city of Monrovia.
"I met him at this church in Forth Worth, Texas. TIME's photo editors and I felt that since he was a man of faith and since he was guided by that faith, it would be good photograph him there," Schutmaat told TIME magazine.
The photographers discovered the real purpose of their work when TIME asked them for the final, high-resolution images, much to their delight and honor.
Ebola has killed more than 6,000 people in the world. Ten people were treated for Ebola in the United States. Two of them died.
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