A cameraman working for the BBC in northern Iraq has been killed after stepping on a landmine. Kaveh Golestan was a Pulitzer-prize winning freelance cameraman who worked for the BBC’s Tehran bureau. He was an outstanding photojournalist who had worked in support of freedom of expression in his native Iran and elsewhere and was well known to many western news organisations.

I was first introduced to his work, while studying photography at Nottingham Trent University and had a number of exchanges with him by email. He to, liked black and white, and a little humanity. I felt his influence wash over me, and make me better. He said he liked my work also.

I cried tonight! Just another, of the many, casualties of war.

Please check out some of his work. It’s prize-winning.

http://www.kargah.com/golestan/index.htm

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BBC cameraman killed in Iraq The Guardian

Claire Cozens: Wednesday April 2, 2003

Kaveh Golestan: Pulitzer prize-winning journalist

The BBC cameraman Kaveh Golestan has died while covering the war in Iraq after stepping on a mine.

Golestan, an Iranian national who had worked for the BBC in a freelance capacity for the past three years, was killed instantly when he stepped out of his car onto a mine.

He was travelling with the BBC producer Stuart Hughes, who has been taken by ambulance to the American military hospital in Sulaymaniya for treatment to a foot injury.

BBC correspondent Jim Muir and the team’s local translator, who were also travelling in the car, were unhurt.

“Kaveh Golestan was an outstanding photojournalist who had worked in support of freedom of expression in his native Iran and elsewhere and was well known to many western news organisations,” said Richard Sambrook, the director of BBC News.

“He had worked with the BBC for many years. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends. This once again underlines the dangers faced by news teams covering the war in Iraq.”

The incident occurred at lunchtime today in Kifri, a town in the southern part of the Kurdish area of Iraq.

Golestan, 52, became the BBC’s contract cameraman in the Iranian capital Tehran in September 2000, and had worked for many western news organisations.

He was also a Pulitzer prize-winning photographer, acclaimed for his work during the Iranian revolution and of the gassing of the Kurds during the Iran-Iraq War in 1988.

He is the third journalist to be killed as a direct result of the conflict.

http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,928257,00.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2911419.stm

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