Yannis Behrakis, an award-winning photographer, who worked with Reuters news agency for more than 30 years, has been died on Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 58. Behrakis, was “one of the best photographers of his generation”, Greece’s foreign press association said in a statement on Sunday.
After joining the news wire 30 years ago, Behrakis covered many of the most tumultuous events around the world, including conflicts in Afghanistan and Chechnya, a huge earthquake in Kashmir and the Egyptian uprising of 2011. In the process, he won the respect of both peers and rivals for his skill and bravery. He also led a team to a Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for coverage of the refugee crisis.
“It is about clearly telling the story in the most artistic way possible,” veteran Reuters photographer Goran Tomasevic said of Behrakis’ style. “You won’t see anyone so dedicated and so focused and who sacrificed everything to get the most important picture.”
Yannis Behrakis was born in 1960 in Athens, Greece. He worked as a studio photographer in Athens in 1985-86. In 1987 he started a working relation as a contractor for Reuters and in late 1988 he was offered a staff job with the agency based in Athens.
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