Yannis Behrakis, one of Reuters’ most decorated and best-loved photographers, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.
After joining the news wire 30 years ago, Behrakis covered many of the most tumultuous events around the world, including Kosovo war, conflicts in Afghanistan and Chechnya, a huge earthquake in Kashmir and the Egyptian uprising of 2011.
One photograph from the wars in Kosovo, taken in 1998, shows an ethnic Albanian man lowering the body of a two-year-old boy who had been killed by the Yugoslav (Serbian-Montenegrin) army troops into a tiny coffin.
Behrakis took the picture from a high position and used a slow speed/zoom technique to create a dizzying sense of movement.
“The picture was very strong and the body of the boy almost floating in the air,” he said of the image. “It almost looked like his spirit was leaving his body for the heavens.”