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'I shoot for the common man': Photographer Danish Siddiqui's finest work

He was a largely self-taught photographer who scaled the heights of his profession by documenting wars, riots and human suffering.
Updated 16 Jul, 2021 11:22pm

Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer with Reuters news agency, was killed on Friday covering fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban near a border crossing with Pakistan.

Afghan forces were fighting to retake Spin Boldak when Siddiqui and a senior officer were killed in Taliban crossfire.

Siddiqui covered war zones and crises from Iraq to Hong Kong to Nepal.

“Ninety percent of the photography I have learnt has come from experimentation in the field,” he once 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.”

A native of New Delhi, Siddiqui, 38, is survived by his wife Rike and two young children.

Here is some of the celebrated photographer's best work from the past decade:

A group of men chanting pro-Hindu slogans beat Mohammad Zubair, 37, who is Muslim, during protests sparked by a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 24, 2020. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
A group of men chanting pro-Hindu slogans beat Mohammad Zubair, 37, who is Muslim, during protests sparked by a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 24, 2020. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

A member of the Afghan Special Forces drives a humvee during a combat mission against the Taliban, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 11, 2021. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
A member of the Afghan Special Forces drives a humvee during a combat mission against the Taliban, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 11, 2021. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

Beachgoers stroll as a boy practices somersaulting on a beach in Mumbai, India, July 12, 2018. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
Beachgoers stroll as a boy practices somersaulting on a beach in Mumbai, India, July 12, 2018. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

A Rohingya refugee man pulls a child as they walk to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, September 10, 2017. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
A Rohingya refugee man pulls a child as they walk to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, September 10, 2017. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

A soldier eats ice cream as she visits a zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 12, 2018. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
A soldier eats ice cream as she visits a zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 12, 2018. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui takes pictures as fireworks explode during a procession to mark Eid Miladun Nabi, in Mumbai, India, February 16, 2011. — Reuters
Reuters photographer Danish Siddiqui takes pictures as fireworks explode during a procession to mark Eid Miladun Nabi, in Mumbai, India, February 16, 2011. — Reuters

An Afghan boy works at a construction site as a US Army soldier of 3/1 AD Task Force Bulldog takes position during a joint patrol with Afghan National Army in a village in Kherwar district in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan, May 23, 2012. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
An Afghan boy works at a construction site as a US Army soldier of 3/1 AD Task Force Bulldog takes position during a joint patrol with Afghan National Army in a village in Kherwar district in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan, May 23, 2012. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

Ropes weighted down with water bottles are used to apply traction to the legs of an injured girl after she fractured them during an earthquake, at a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 29, 2015. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
Ropes weighted down with water bottles are used to apply traction to the legs of an injured girl after she fractured them during an earthquake, at a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 29, 2015. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

A woman leans against a stretcher holding her husband in the corridor of the emergency ward of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, during the coronavirus outbreak in Bhagalpur, in the eastern state of Bihar, India, July 27, 2020. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
A woman leans against a stretcher holding her husband in the corridor of the emergency ward of Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, during the coronavirus outbreak in Bhagalpur, in the eastern state of Bihar, India, July 27, 2020. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

A man rides a bicycle as he carries his dog on his shoulders in Mumbai, July 9, 2013. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
A man rides a bicycle as he carries his dog on his shoulders in Mumbai, July 9, 2013. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

Wrestlers practise as others rest in the mud at a traditional Indian wrestling centre called Akhaara in Mumbai, March 4, 2014. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
Wrestlers practise as others rest in the mud at a traditional Indian wrestling centre called Akhaara in Mumbai, March 4, 2014. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

Three-year-old homeless boy Sarwar sleeps in a hammock along a sidewalk in Mumbai, March 7, 2012.  — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
Three-year-old homeless boy Sarwar sleeps in a hammock along a sidewalk in Mumbai, March 7, 2012. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

Danish Siddiqui, a Reuters photographer based in India, poses for a picture at Columbia University's Low Memorial Library during the Pulitzer Prize giving ceremony, in New York, US, May 30, 2018. — Reuters
Danish Siddiqui, a Reuters photographer based in India, poses for a picture at Columbia University's Low Memorial Library during the Pulitzer Prize giving ceremony, in New York, US, May 30, 2018. — Reuters


Header image: The grounds are prepared for mass cremation of coronavirus victims in New Delhi, India, April 28, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. — Reuters/Danish Siddiqui