Capturing Syria: A brief video interview with war photographer Goran Tomasevic

September 2, 2013

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo.  (Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS/Files)

If you have glanced even briefly at the news in the past few years, then you have no doubt seen, and perhaps been moved by, the work of conflict photojournalist Goran Tomasevic. His often stunning and at times beautiful photos, distributed by the Reuters new agency, have become some of the most iconic images of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and now Syria.

Reuters has produced this short video interview with Tomasevic, interspersed with some of his most famous photos from recent years.

The first photo, of a man standing before a wall of flames, is perhaps the best-known image of the Egyptian revolution of early 2011. The second is from Libya and the third from Iraq. Many in the video's second half are from Syria.

"I'm trying to stay as long as I can in the field," Tomasevic says. "I want to show reality, and I want to show exactly how it was with my pictures."

Tomasevic says of his photos' potential impact, "I don't know what is changing and what is not. But I hope that it does. So if I show the brutality of the war, like in Syria, maybe some people will think a bit more, maybe they will do some effort and maybe they could help this war to be stopped, not so many people necessarily dying every day."

Tomasevic, who is Serbian, began working for Reuters in 1996, covering political instability in his native Belgrade. He has since become one of the best-known war photographers currently working. If you're in the Washington, D.C., area, you can see some of his photos at the Corcoran Gallery, which is hosting a wonderful war photography exhibit through the end of September.

Here are several more of Tomasevic's photos from Syria:


Free Syrian Army fighters fire their rifles during clashes with Syrian Army soldiers in the Salahuddin neighborhood of central Aleppo. (Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS)

Men wait to buy bread in front of a bakery during winter in Qusair, a city in western Syria. (Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS)

A Free Syrian Army fighter reacts after his friend was shot by Syrian Army soldiers. (Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS/Files)

A Free Syrian Army fighter carries the body of a fellow fighter during clashes in Aleppo. (Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS/Files)

A man walks in front of a burning building after a Syrian Air force air strike in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus. (Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS/Files)

A Free Syrian Army fighter throws a hand grenade inside a Syrian Army facility in Damascus. (Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS/Files)

A Free Syrian Army fighter runs after a Syrian army tank shell explodes. (Goran Tomasevic/REUTERS)
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