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16 July 2021

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed in Kandahar province by the Taliban while, embedded with Afghan forces, he was talking to shopkeepers. He was 38 years old.

Siddiqui had been injured in the arm by shrapnel on Friday while reporting on the Afghan effort to retake the main market area of Spin Boldak. He was treated and was recovering when Taliban fighters attacked again.

Siddiqui was on the Reuters team that won a 2018 Pulitzer for its coverage of the Rohingya refugee crisis, the first Indian along with Adnan Abidi to win the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.

'I shoot for the common man who wants to see and feel a story from a place where he can't be present himself.'

He was also praised for his photographs of communal violence in northeast Delhi in 2020, the devastating second wave of Covid-19 infections this spring and the Hong Kong protests.

Reuters has a slide show of 59 images of his finest work. And a Twitter feed presents a look at some of his most well-known images.

Siddiqui attended Fr. Angel School in South Delhi and graduated with a degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. He pursued a degree in Mass Communication from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia in 2007.

“Danish was an outstanding journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved colleague," Michael Friedenberg, Reuters president, and Alessandra Galloni, the news agency's editor in chief, said in a joint statement. "Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”

"What he did really, really well was he found those people, he found those faces through which to tell the story, to make you feel something," said former Reuters colleague Rahul Bhatia.

For his profile on the Reuters Web site, he wrote, "I shoot for the common man who wants to see and feel a story from a place where he can't be present himself."

Siddiqui is survived by his wife and their two children.

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