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RIP Danish Siddiqui

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Last updated on: July 16, 2021 16:40 IST
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Danish Siddiqui, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist who worked with the news agency Reuters, was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Thursday night.

Danish was embedded with the Afghan special forces and had been reporting on their operations against the Taliban in the region.

The head of Reuters' multimedia team in India, Danish won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for his work on the Rohingya refugee crisis along with others on his team.

In homage to an outstanding photojournalist, presenting a selection of his images which capture the essence of his craft. 

 

Pranav Mishra, 19, reacts next to the body of his mother Mamta Mishra, 45, who died from the coronavirus disease, before her cremation in New Delhi.
In an interview, Danish had said, 'While I enjoy covering news stories -- from business to politics to sports -- what I enjoy most is capturing the human face of a breaking story.' All Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

 

A mass cremation of victims who died due to coronavirus at a crematorium ground in New Delhi.
Danish covered the harrowing scenes of India grappling with the second wave of the pandemic.
He extensively covered the hospitals, graveyards and mass cremations, photographs which appeared in media outlets the world over.

 

IMAGE: An unidentified man brandishes a gun during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, January 30, 2020.
Danish covered the anti-CAA protests in the national capital extensively.
 

An exhausted Rohingya refugee touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh.
This image won Danish the Pulitzer Prize in 2018.
Of the image, he had said, 'I wanted to show everything I could -- the helplessness, the desperation, the anguish.'

 

Naga sadhus take a dip in the Ganga during the Shahi Snan at the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.
Speaking of photojournalism, Danish was quoted as saying, 'I respect my subjects the most -- they give me my inspiration.'

 

Farmers at the site of a protest against the farm laws.
Danish covered several important stories as a photojournalist in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
His work was published in scores of magazines, newspapers, and appeared in slideshows and galleries including the National Geographic magazine, The New York Times,The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, Forbes and others.

 

People supporting the citizenship law beat a Muslim man during a clash with those opposing the law in New Delhi
As one Twitter user noted, 'So much of India's recent history could be witnessed purely through Danish Siddiqui's photographs.'

 

A woman hits a police officer with an umbrella as others detain an anti-government protester during a demonstration inside a mall in Hong Kong.

 

Soldiers march during a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea's foundation in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2018.

 

A view of the restaurants destroyed in a fire in Mumbai in 2017.

 

Rubina Ali, who acted as young Latika in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, sits with her family amid the ruins of the Gharib Nagar slum.
A fire gutted the slum, a large shanty town which was home to thousands of residents next to the Bandra railway station, northwest Mumbai.
This series of images left a huge impact on Danish's life.
Speaking of this assignment, he had said, 'I was amazed at the little girl's courage and grit. She'd lost everything in one night, including the precious photographs from the Academy Awards evening in Los Angeles, where she had walked the red carpet with her co-actors.'
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