NPR photographer David Gilkey at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on May 29, 2016.
NPR photographer David Gilkey at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on May 29, 2016. Michael M. Phillips/The Wall Street Journal All rights reserved

“On Sunday, we lost one of our own.

David Gilkey, an NPR photojournalist who documented both tragedy and hope, was killed in Afghanistan along with NPR’s Afghan interpreter and fellow journalist Zabihullah Tamanna.

David joined NPR in 2007. His work added the visual to an organization devoted to sound. David’s images presented the atrocities of war, the destruction of nature — and most importantly, their impact upon people. His photographs and videos were haunting in their beauty and poignant in their nuance. Every person and every scene was captured with care, moving beyond the news to the personal struggle and perseverance of the people who lived it.”

David Gilkey was one of those people you probably never heard of. But, if you are a photography buff at all, or watch the news, (or listen to it, as in the case of National Public Radio) you have no doubt seen his work.

From desert warfare to Ebola victims, hurricanes and refugees, his work scanned the globe, bringing the brutal, hard truth of the suffering, and yes, the happiness, of those around the world. Click this link to see a small portion of the beauty, horror, and exceptionally heart felt works of this great photojournalist.

May your next life reward you for all the good you did in this one, Mr. Gilkey. Rest in Peace.

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