Farewell To Pulitzer-Winning Reuters Photographer Yannis Behrakis
- by XpatAthens
- Tuesday, 05 March 2019
Yannis Behrakis, one of Reuters’ most talented photographers, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was only 58 years old.
Behrakis covered many turbulent events around the world, such as the conflicts in Chechnya and Afghanistan, the Egyptian uprising of 2011, and a huge earthquake in Kashmir. In 2000, while covering the civil war in Sierra Leone, he narrowly survived an attack that killed 2 of his colleagues.
Yannis Behrakis led a team of Reuters photographers to the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, covering the refugee crisis. The photographer became even more famous due to a photo that became viral and that many consider to be one of his best pictures- of a Syrian refugee carrying and kissing his daughter as he walked down a road in the rain.
“My mission is to tell you the story and then you decide what you want to do, my mission is to make sure that nobody can say: ‘I didn’t know’.” – Yannis Behrakis
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Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters