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:
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