Danish Siddiqui, the Reuters journalist killed in crossfire final Friday when he was protecting the conflict in Afghanistan, was a largely self-taught photographer who scaled the heights of his occupation whereas documenting wars, riots and human struggling.
A local of New Delhi, Siddiqui, 38, is survived by his spouse Rike and two younger youngsters.
He was a part of a workforce that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2018 for documenting Myanmar’s Rohingya refugee disaster, a collection described by the judging committee as “shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar”.
Friends and colleagues described a person who cared deeply about the tales he lined, finishing up meticulous analysis earlier than embarking on assignments and all the time specializing in the people caught up in the information.
“Even in breaking news cycles, he would think about humanising a story, and you see that so often in his pictures, including those that won the Pulitzer and stories we have done in the last few years,” mentioned Devjyot Ghoshal, a Reuters correspondent based mostly in New Delhi and a neighbour of Siddiqui.
“Covering the Delhi riots together and the Covid-19 pandemic more recently – his most compelling images were about people, isolating the human element.”
A Reuters photographer since 2010, Siddiqui’s work has spanned wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya disaster, pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and unrest in India.
In latest months, his searing pictures capturing the coronavirus pandemic in India have unfold throughout the world.
“Ninety per cent of the photography I have learnt has come from experimentation in the field,” Siddiqui as soon as wrote.
“What I enjoy most is capturing the human face of a breaking story. I shoot for the common man who wants to see and feel a story from a place where he can’t be present himself.”
Ahmad Danish Siddiqui was born on 19 May 1983. He turned a journalist after a Master’s diploma in Mass Communications from Delhi’s Jamia Milia Islamia University.
Siddiqui joined Reuters after stints as a correspondent with the Hindustan Times newspaper and the TV Today channel.
Last 12 months, whereas protecting sectarian unrest in a Delhi suburb, Siddiqui and Ghoshal noticed a Muslim man being crushed by a frenzied Hindu mob.
The photographs had been extensively featured in worldwide media, highlighting the hazard of wider conflagration between India’s Hindu majority and sizeable Muslim minority. Siddiqui, a Muslim, had a slim escape when the mob turned their consideration on him.
Those pictures had been a part of a number of Reuters photos of the 12 months in 2020.
Siddiqui offered video and textual content from his assignments in addition to pictures.
On his ultimate task, he was embedded with Afghan particular forces in the metropolis of Kandahar.
Earlier final week, he was travelling with a convoy of commandos when it got here below heavy fireplace from Taliban militants on the outskirts of Kandahar. He captured the drama in photos, movie and phrases.