An Artist And A Warrior: Colleague Remembers Fallen NPR Photographer David Gilkey

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On June 5, 2016, NPR journalists David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna were killed while on assignment in Afghanistan. A longtime colleague remembers his friend with words — and some of the striking photos David took during a remarkable career.

John Poole, NPR's senior visuals editor, remembers his friend and colleague with words — and some of the striking photos David took during a remarkable career.Back in 2007, I helped recruit and hire David to NPR. After a decade atI had only recently started a new job as NPR's first video producer. David was to become the second.

As someone who does not particularly like the bam-bam, I wasn't quite sure how David would fit into his new office environment, especially as the new office had never had a proper photography or video department. Our minds worked so differently in many ways — but in others, we were totally in sync. David was terrified of writing but actively sought out assignments in war zones. He spoke through his pictures. And I learned early that in this way he was an extraordinarily eloquent speaker.

A woman, wearing a tag that identifies her as a transfer patient to the USNS Comfort, waits for a helicopter evacuation in a staging area in front of the National Palace in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 21, 2010.A woman, wearing a tag that identifies her as a transfer patient to the USNS Comfort, waits for a helicopter evacuation in a staging area in front of the National Palace in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 21, 2010.

 

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So sad!

While journalist are being assaulted outside their offices in DC by the most racist President in modern US history NPRlife doesn't have the courage to defend them. Reporters dies outside US it's a tragedy, reporters assault injured crippled by Trump or the police silence.

RIP

I think of Gilkey every time I take a photo. We were colleagues at the freep.

May their lord and savior take them into heaven. May my God hold them and help their family in this very difficult time..prayers to their families.

🙏🏽

May his good memory live on forever

RIP. I remember the day the news came out.

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