Morenatti, a conflict photographer
August 14, 2009 3:40 AM   Subscribe

Some recent photographs by the renowned photojournalist Emilio Morenatti, Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2009, who recently lost his foot in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

He was present at the 2007 assassination in Pakistan of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and barely escaped injury in that explosion.

More of his recent work, a few duplicates, mentioned previously.

He is recovering.
posted by nickyskye (18 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Oh yeah. These are good.
posted by Jimbob at 4:05 AM on August 14, 2009

Wow. Still on the first link but there are some amazing images in there. This, this and this are particularly compelling for me.
posted by vbfg at 4:07 AM on August 14, 2009

Oh boy, these are fucking tremendous. Great find, Nickyskye.
posted by smoke at 4:42 AM on August 14, 2009

Stunning photography. I've never seen this world before.
posted by bigmusic at 5:06 AM on August 14, 2009

I'd seen the majority at the first link before, but not the more recent Afghani & Swat valley ones. Much of his stuff is verging on iconic. He has an amazing eye for the personal in these situations.
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:34 AM on August 14, 2009

Wow, those are amazing. The one with the women pressed up against the windows of food store really threw me for a loop when I first saw it.

Also, seeing Pakistani Lawyers protesting in their Suits and Ties is always kind of interesting.
posted by delmoi at 5:41 AM on August 14, 2009

Absolutely amazing war photography, and some of the most humanizing photography of everyday Afghan people I've seen to come out of this war. Thank you for the link. I was unaware of Morenatti's work. Now I'm hooked.

Sucks about his injury. But as long as his eyes are ok, we're lucky.
posted by fourcheesemac at 5:48 AM on August 14, 2009

(and Pakistanis)
posted by fourcheesemac at 5:49 AM on August 14, 2009

I have been out of bed for almost two hours, but my eyes have just now opened.
posted by psylosyren at 5:54 AM on August 14, 2009

Wow. That combination of courage and talent can't come along very often. I hope he recovers well enough to get back to taking images like those.
posted by diogenes at 6:18 AM on August 14, 2009

These are absolutely incredible. I felt lost in them.
posted by molecicco at 6:22 AM on August 14, 2009

These photographs are great. It's also interesting to me how often the subjects are basically right in the center of the photo, yet the compositions are anything but static.
posted by snofoam at 6:30 AM on August 14, 2009

Wow... this is a guy who understands light.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:32 AM on August 14, 2009

Wow... this is a guy who understands light.

Aaaahyep. Wonderful post. Thanks, nickyskye.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 7:31 AM on August 14, 2009

It's not often that I see pictures that make me hear what's going on in the scene. And the man in the bottom left corner of this one? Wow.
posted by molecicco at 8:06 AM on August 14, 2009

I recognised a few of the photos from the first link, so I was shocked to hear he's been injured, but thankful he's still alive! Like delmoi said, the image of the woman being crushed by the crowd against the window made me stop for a few minutes. Something more terrifying than it should be.
posted by saturnine at 1:40 PM on August 14, 2009

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