Updated: Jul 17
A tribute from our Current Affairs Team, composed by Ashish Manav
On Friday, July 16, Mumbai based India's first Pulitzer Award Winning Photojournalist and Reuters chief photographer in India, lost his life while he was covering an encounter between the Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters. Siddiqui, 41, had been covering for Reuters in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan amidst the clash for a few days. A resident of New Delhi, Siddiqui graduated with a degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia. He then went on to pursue a degree in Mass Communication from Jamia's AJK Mass Communication Research Centre. Formerly a TV journalist, Siddiqui relinquished his well-paying job to join Reuters as an intern in 2010, and subsequently embarked on a series of challenging assignments. Danish’s work has been widely published in scores of magazines, newspapers, slideshows and galleries – including National Geographic Magazine, New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes, Newsweek, NPR, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, Bangkok Post, Sydney Morning Herald, The LA Times, Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Stern, Berliner Zeitung, The Independent, The Telegraph, Gulf News, Libèration and various other publications. Danish has been honoured with various photojournalism awards in USA, England, China and India.
While his work has been highly applauded, his most famous works are The Battle of Mosul (2016-2017), Swiz Bunkers (2016), North Korea (2018), Kashmir (2019), Easter-Day Attacks in Colombo (2019), Hong Kong Protests (2018-2019), Singles in Kabul (2018-2019), CAA Protests (2019), and Covid-19 Pandemic in India (2021). Siddiqui's work had been published in some of the highly acclaimed global publications including The Guardian, Wall Street journal and National Geographic.
[All of the above; REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui]
The Pulitzer Prize
His career was highlighted with numerous milestones, including the coveted Pulitzer prize.
Danish Siddiqui, along with his colleague Adnan Abidi were the first Indians ever to have won the Pulitzer award. Siddiqui along with Abidi were stationed in the conflicted regions of Rakhine, Myanmar and neighboring areas of Bangladesh to cover the Rohingya crisis in 2017. Siddiqui's work exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar. The shocking photographs of Rohingya crisis landed Danish the Pulitzer prize for the Best Feature Photography in 2018.
[Rohingya refugees cross the Naf River with an improvised raft to reach to Bangladesh in Teknaf, Bangladesh, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui]
[Rohingya Refugee women gives birth while crossing the Naf River in a raft to reach to Bangladesh in Teknaf, Bangladesh, November, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui]
[An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui]
The Last Dispatch
Danish Siddiqui was killed in the line of duty on Friday, 16 July, while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan.In what would end up becoming his last dispatch before his death, Siddiqui, had on Tuesday detailed a mission undertaken by Afghan forces to rescue a trapped and wounded policeman amid an attack on them. Here are some of his last works.
[Members of Afghan Special Forces climb down from a humvee as they arrive at their base after heavy clashes with Taliban during the rescue mission of a police officer besieged at a check post, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui]
[Humvees that belong to Afghan Special Forces are seen destroyed during heavy clashes with Taliban during the rescue mission of a police officer besieged at a check post, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui]
[A civilian runs for cover as Afghan Special Forces and Taliban clash during the rescue mission of a police officer besieged at a check post, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui]
Thousands including many prominent leaders, such as the President of Afghanistan have expressed their condolences after the tragic demise of Danish Siddique. He is survived by his wife and two young children. His work is archived and available on his website.
" I shoot for the Common Man" -Danish Siddiqui (1980- 2021)
Photographs in this portfolio are shot by Danish Siddique, mostly during my time with Reuters. Copyright resides with the photographer and with Reuters. Credit for all the pictures used here are with Danish Siddique and Reuters.