National Geographic fellow and photojournalist Reza (who prefers being known only by his first name) visited India for the release of the three-volume book set National Geographic Around the World in 125 Years (Taschen, 2013). The Iranian-French photographer has reported from the frontlines of the 20th century’s deadliest wars, documenting their devastating impact on the most vulnerable and marginalised populations. Over the course of a long career, which has included deputations with Newsweek, Time, Life, and National Geographic magazines, Reza has photographed world leaders such as Libyan premier Muammar Gaddafi; Yasser Arafat, the chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation; and Afghan military leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, with whom he cultivated a long friendship. Now, he dedicates most of his time to his several humanitarian projects that include Aina, a Kabul-based media organisation that trains Afghan women and children. At the launch of the book set, Reza presented some of his most renowned and moving pictures and the often poignant stories behind them. Some outtakes from the presentation, in Reza’s own words. – Karanjeet Kaur
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