There is not an ounce of doubt that a picture is worth a thousand words. Creating a picture that tells a story, or takes you back to place where it was shot, or successfully captures emotions takes dedication and constant work.
In a bid to capture the best shot, photojournalist travel across the world amidst the most difficult terrains, through obscure lands and during the most challenging times, often at a risk to their lives.
Here are 11 amazing photographers who allowed us to see the world in ways we never thought possible.
1. Dar Yasin
Currently sharing the Rohingya’s tales with the world, Yasin is one of the most famous photographers of our time who strikes a chord with everyone. He was recently in the news for helping a class 12 student who got hit by a stone during protests in Kashmir.
Yasin dropped his camera and helped the young girl. Had it not been for him, the girl wouldn’t have survived.
2. Paul Nicklen
Paul is a marine biologist, photojournalist, and a National Geographic Magazine contributor. He’s known for bringing the most obscure aspects of life in the Arctic and Antarctica with an emphasis on wildlife and climate change.
On one of his expeditions, he almost froze to death while working on a project in the Arctic
3. Abd Alkader Habak
Photographer Abd Alkader Habak is deemed to be a powerful name in the field of photojournalism and is lauded for having a lot of firsts and innovation to his name. Earlier this year, Abd was documenting the evacuation of civilians from the besieged towns of Kefraya when he witnessed a horrific blast. Several kids died in the bombing, and Abd witnessed all of it first-hand. In one of the pictures, he was seen running away from the scene of the attack with a small boy in his arms. The picture wasn’t his’, but it went viral.
4. Kevin Frayer
With his work, Frayer is pushing the boundaries to show the real crisis the Rohingya refugees are facing. He went to Bangladesh and captured the horror being perpetrated with accounts of villages being burned, women being raped, and widespread massacre. His work is now being seen and appreciated across the world. He’s known for his significant wartime work in the Middle East including the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, and Afghanistan.
5. Graeme Williams
Williams captures Johannesburg and its wildness. For over 20 years, he has shown us the violence in the fractured land through surrealism.
He’s widely acknowledged for documenting South Africa during its transition to democracy. “I began to realise that the content of my photographs appeared to be reflecting my state of mind at the time. I felt very removed from the day-to-day realities of the world. I think it was this isolation, and apartness, that drove this project and, for me, gave it a sense of cohesion, as well as meaning.” he said, reports Huffington Post.
6. Edward Burtynsky
With his work displayed in more than five museums including the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, in Paris, Burtynsky is known for his large-format photographs of industrial landscapes.
Some of his most famous works include sweeping views of landscapes altered by industry such as mine tailings, quarries, scrap piles.
7. Stephanie Sinclair
There is so much noise these days on gender and human rights but photographic evidence of the disparity is still a wake-up call Sinclair’s work focuses on highlighting the disparity in society and regions around the world. A lot of her work puts the spotlight on child marriage and self-immolation.
Her work on Iraq got a lot of attention, globally.
8. Steve McCurry
McCurry is best known for his 1984 photograph “Afghan Girl”. McCurry has numerous awards to his credit, including two first prizes in the World Press Photo contest in 1985 and 1992.
He has captured stunning moments during the Iran-Iraq War, Lebanon Civil War, the Cambodian Civil War, the Islamic insurgency in the Philippines, the Gulf War and the Afghan Civil War
9. Mike Brodie
Known as the Polaroid Kid, Brodie’s tryst with photography began when a friend gifted him a camera. He then spent years photographing people he encountered during his travel. He never really wanted to be an artist, but after capturing terrifying, exciting and raw pieces, he decided to give it a shot.
He later travelled over fifty thousand miles by train, and lived with an underground rock band in Philadelphia to document a life we could only imagine.
10. Tomasz Gudzowaty
Gudzowaty is one of the most recognised names in the field. He won the World Press Photo contest over nine times and has been a finalist several times. In his quest, he has travelled to over 100 countries to capture wildlife, sport, and social issues.
Gudzowaty received high honours from national organizations in his native Poland, including the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
11. Lynsey Addario
Addario focuses on capturing conflicts and human rights issues, especially the role of women in traditional societies. In that quest, she has photographed Afghanistan under Taliban control and several conflicts in Iraq, Darfur, Republic of the Congo, and Haiti.
On one of her projects, she suffered a serious injury and the journalist who was accompanying her was killed. She’s also been threatened with death and repeatedly assaulted by the Libyan Army.
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