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Daniel Etter April 16, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Libya.

Libyans Celebrate the Fall of Gaddafi in Tripoli, 2011

Daniel Etter (b. 1980, Germany) is a graduate of the German School of Journalism. He holds a Master’s degree in political science and a university diploma in journalism. After his studies he moved to India to start his freelance career as a photographer and feature writer. His photography has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek and Stern among others. Daniel received the Award of Excellence of the Alexia Foundation, has been nominated for the UNICEF Picture of the Year Award and won an Award of Excellence at POYI in 2012. He is currently based in Istanbul.

About the Photograph:

“This photo was taken after the rebels took over Tripoli and Gaddafi was still on the run. The city was chaotic. Running water, electricity and food were scarce. Every day skirmishes between the few leftover loyalist and rebels broke out. In an abandoned hospital scores of bodies were piled in rooms. Some apparently executed, some were left behind to die. Yet, joyous over the inevitable ouster of Gaddafi and hopeful of the future, Libyans took to the streets every day to celebrate their freedom. I shot this photo on Martyr Square, formerly known as Green Square, where most demonstrations were held. Libya is  quite a conservative country. Even in Tripoli, you normally don’t see a lot of women on the street. This day was different. Thousand of mothers and daughters celebrated their victory. Many of them had lost their brothers, sons or husbands in the revolution. The few men who were there, were cautiously guarding the celebrations from the side. Another thing was different. At the time, celebrations normally meant a lot of shots fired in the air. Young men and guns. On this evening the voices and chants were louder than the guns.”