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How photojournalist Danish Siddiqui captured the world in his pictures

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Pulitzer prize winning Reuters photojournalist died in clashes in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar while on the job. He joined Reuters as an intern eleven years back and grew to become one of the most prolific photojournalists who liked to tell the story of the common man through his lens. He also worked at the India Today Group between 2008 and 2010. He needs no introduction as his work speaks for itself. Here are some of his most iconic clicks through the years.

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A Rohingya refugee after crossing the Bay of Bengal 

This picture was more impactful than a thousand words. “You can see the helplessness and the exhaustion of the woman, paired with the action that is happening in the background with the smoke,” he said about the photo. “This was the frame I wanted to show the world.”

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A gunman threatens anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protestors near Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi on January 30, 2020. 

Who could forget this iconic picture which did the rounds everywhere at the height of the CAA protests.

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Mass cremation in Delhi on April 22, 2021

The most recent pictures of cremation grounds during the second wave of coronavirus were captured by Danish. He wanted to bring out the 'human face of the breaking story' and sure enough his pictures revealed the critical COVID situation for what it was. 

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Some more cremations during the brutal COVID second wave

"I really like covering issues that affect people as the result of different kind of conflicts," he had told Reuters.

 

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The grief of a family

This was yet another deeply moving image of family members hugging each other, mourning the death of their loved one.

 

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COVID in 2020

Danish captured the plight of the migrants in 2020 when lockdown was announced and all of them decided to go back to their hometowns on foot. This one picture said a thousand words.