Remembering Remi Ochlik

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October 16 2012

But for a direct hit on a makeshift media centre used by international journalists during the shelling of Homs by Syrian forces, Remi Ochlik would have been 29 today.

Born in 1983 in Thionville in the Lorraine region of northeastern France, Remi’s ambitions of taking up archaeology were cast aside when his grandfather gifted him with an Olympus OM-1, one of the iconic cameras from the era of the 35mm film. Graduating from the Icart Photo School he joined the photographic agency Wostok, achieving a career breakthrough covering the riots in Haiti  in 2004. Through a proposal by an editor of Paris Match, Remi Ochlik’s images were projected at the Visa pour l’Image International Photojournalism Festival though not before his pictures had won him the Francois Chalais Award for Young Reporters.

Founding IP3, his own photographic agency in 2005, Remi began to cover many political events not only in his native France but in the Democratic Republic of Congo, again in Haiti and more recently the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011 and 2012. Remi’s image of a Libyan rebel fighter won him the first prize at the 2012 World Press Photo awards.

On February 22 this year, he and fellow journalist Marie Colvin lost their lives when working in Syria. It is widely believed that the building they were in was deliberately targeted. In a career that was so tragically cut short, Remi’s photographs will live on as a powerful reminder of the conflicts that exist in our world today as much of his work may be seen in several publications and on many websites.

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