Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans, 45, was killed in Sirte, Libya, on October 2 while on assignment for the Belgian magazine Knack and other publications, Al Jazeera reports. His body was taken to Misrata, where a doctor reported that Oerlemans had been shot in the chest by a sniper for ISIS, which has been fighting for control of Sirte for a year.
Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders said in a statement released yesterday, “Oerlemans is a journalist who kept going where others stopped, driven to put the news into pictures in the world’s hot spots. It is profoundly sad that he has now paid the ultimate price for this.”
Oerlemans, who was represented by Panos Pictures, covered conflict and humanitarian crises in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Israel and the Occupied Territories. He had worked for TIME, The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, and other publications around the world. In 2012, Oerlemans was kidnapped and wounded in Syria; he was released after a week.
He is survived by his wife and three children, according to The Guardian.
In a statement, Robert Mahoney, Deputy Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said, “The death of Jeroen Oerlemans is a reminder that those who bring us images and video from the frontlines often pay the heaviest price.”
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Marie Cosindas, who earned fame and recognition in the 1960’s for her still lifes and color portraits, has died. She was 93, Art News reports. Born in Boston in 1923, Cosindas studied at the Modern School of Fashion Design in the 1950s and took drawing and painting classes at the Bostom Museum School. She later... More ›
George Pitts, photo director of Vibe from 1993 to 2004, died March 4 after a long illness, according to the Society of Magazine Photographers. A former painter who took up writing and photography, Pitts had exhibited his fine-art photography in New York, Los Angeles and Montreal. During his tenure at Vibe, he worked with photographers... More ›