“Every time we raise the camera to our eyes, we become morally responsible to “the photographed” as well as the viewers. Photography cannot be just a privilege, it’s a responsibility that should not be abdicated.”- Neeta Satam.
There are many great photojournalists in India. The worst part about that is how we only get to know about them when we lose out on such talent. One of the many that we lost was Danish Siddiqui. Even though he was awarded and given titles in the field, there wasn’t much that we knew about him. Only after we lost him.
Danish a forty-one-year-old chief photojournalist was ambushed in Afghanistan. He had been secured with a caravan of the coops in Afghan. It all happened when the Taliban militants near the border area of Pakistan decided to attack him and his group. As reported by the Ambassador of Delhi.
No one knows how many lives were lost, and as reported by Farid Mamundzay, the Afghan Ambassador for India, he lost his friend. Siddiqui was based out of Bombay and had been working with Reuters for almost a Decade.
He had been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Photography and Adnan Abidi along with many other awards. He majorly worked for minorities and the communist violence amongst the Rohingya community. He was even awarded for his work in highlighting the mass funerals in India during the covid wave of 2021. Have a look at his Instagram and Website here.
Danish was majorly interested in showcasing the human features and unnoticed aspects of a breaking story. He majored in politics, culture, and sports. Everything that he did, he was a master off.
Danish Siddiqui was the eye of the common man through violence and suffering that nobody gets to hear off. He shows us the reality hidden beneath the curtains of media and politics.
A kind-hearted, innocent, hard-working man was lost by the Taliban. A group that does nothing but mock human rights. Danish was not only a brave photojournalist but a patriot son of his country. His zeal to show how enraged he was to shoot and train himself in hostile environments.
It is hurtful when someone you know, who has been an inspiration to your journey of growth becomes someone you knew. With the amount of hard work and the contribution that Danish had put in for his followers and people in the field of photojournalism, the team of WPC thanks him for that. He will always be remembered for his art and impact. Not many of us would have been aware of photography itself if it was not for him.
With this, we come to an end on our One Of The Best in the field. Let us know if you ever heard of Danish or someone else who inspires you in real-world photography. We would love to dig in on them and bring them to the world.
Until then, click away my friend!
Written By Simran Achantani, Content Writer, WPC