Embarking on the challenging yet essential role of a photojournalist for Reuters News Service from 1990 to 2006, I found myself immersed in the heart of some of the world’s most tumultuous regions. I witnessed and documented the unfolding stories of conflict, political upheavals, and social unrest across the vast landscapes of Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

My lens became a conduit for the untold narratives of individuals affected by these geopolitical events, capturing their resilience and courage in the face of adversity.

The focus extended beyond the immediate chaos, aiming to provide a global audience with a profound understanding of the human side of conflict. The intimate and firsthand coverage not only served as a documentation of historical events but also as a platform to amplify the voices of those often marginalized.

During this period, I had the extraordinary opportunity to conduct rare interviews with influential figures like Nelson Mandela, Charles Taylor, Robert Mugabe, and Aung San Suu Kyi. These interactions were not just journalistic pursuits but invaluable experiences that deepened my comprehension of the complexities within our global tapestry.

Through my work, I aimed not only to capture the stark realities of war zones but also to humanize the narratives, fostering empathy and understanding among diverse audiences. It was a challenging but essential chapter in my career, shaping my perspective and reinforcing the power of visual storytelling to provoke thought, inspire change, and connect people across borders.