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Dominic Nahr January 26, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in East Timor.
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25 year old Dominic Nahr was born in Switzerland and raised in Hong Kong where he established himself as a photojournalist. He worked for the South China Morning Post as a staff photographer for a year (’05-’06) before going to East Timor to photograph for L’Agence France-Presse. In early 2007 he traveled to the Gaza Strip to photograph for Polaris Images. In late 2007 he became a freelance photographer in New York and Toronto. Dominic’s work has been published in Time, GQ, Sunday Times Magazine, The Fader, The Guardian and PDN among others. Awards include Magenta Flash Forward book for Emerging Photographers 2008, PDN Annual 2008,POYi: Magazine News Picture Story, Award of Excellence 2007, Ian Parry Grant, Honorable Mention 2007. Dominic is currently a member of the Oeil Public Photo Agency and based in Paris.

About the Photograph:

“East Timor was my first story away from Hong Kong. It was also the first time I photographed in a crisis area. The day before this picture was taken I had spent the afternoon in the morgue as the only photographer allowed inside. I was photographing the bodies of the dead policemen, killed by the renegade soldiers. This was also a first for me. When the family’s finally began the funeral processions it was very emotional and classical in my eyes. They walked through the Santa Cruz Cemetery holding huge cross’s followed by the bodies of their loved ones. I wanted to create a picture that held the weight of what I had witnessed in the last 24 hours, while including the strength and beauty of the people of East Timor.”

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