“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I guess this is a question almost any child in the world has been asked at least once in his life. When I was young, I remember that I wanted to be a star (I know, pretty conventional, right?). But growing up, I started finding my true self, shaping my own personality and figuring out what, deep inside, I really wanted to do and to be. I became a traveller at a very young age (sixteen) and was soon fascinated by the people who would cross my path. I would witness scenes in the streets that’d look to me like artistic paintings, and I would love to immortalize the faces of people with whom I’d share moments and things. I was particularly intrigued by the individuals and places I didn’t know anything about before discovering, and I became passionate about helping others by narrating their untold stories. In other words, I had just fallen in love with photojournalism.

World Photographers However, I soon found out that I was better at writing about places and people than snapping pictures of landscapes and individuals. This doesn’t change the fact that I still love looking at the images of others and that, in my life, I especially fell in love with the work of five photographers. Their photos are as inspiring as their life stories and I consider each of them as masterpieces… They capture moments, sometimes horrifying but yet so strikingly real. In a world where selfies have become a norm, it is humanizing to look at the work of men who travel the world to capture life of people as it really is…

  1. Daniel Berehulak

Though I discovered Daniel Berehulak only two years ago, I instantly became amazed by his photos. This Australian photojournalist based in New Delhi has been traveling the world to document stories affecting the lives of people in over fifty countries. From the Iraq War to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, from the Afghan elections to the Japanese Tsunami, Berehulak has immortalized events and instants that have shaped our world modern history.

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  1. Muhammad Muheisen

Muhammad Muheisen is the Associated Press (AP) chief photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This Jerusalemite was only twenty when he joined the AP Agency and started by covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He then spent four years in Pakistan, on assignment. As years passed by, he was sent to other countries and photographed events in places as diverse as China, Afghanistan, Egypt, France, Syria and South Africa. Most recently he has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe, which is a cause that we all feel concerned about, here at Travelettes.

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3. Reza Deghati

Reza Deghati is not only a photojournalist. He’s a humanist, an idealist and a philanthropist. Over the past decades, this Paris-based Iranian photographer has been traveling the planet and witnessing moments of both war and peace. His international experience changed the course of his existence and that’s how he decided to create his own NGO, in 2001. Since then, he has been trying to encourage media training around the world, while continuing to produce images for the various magazines and newspapers.

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  1. Sebastiao Salgado

Also based in Paris is Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has mostly photographed in black and white, throughout his life. Salgado has travelled to over 100 countries for his photographic projects, exploring areas as diverse as the African deserts, the South-American country-side or the Antarctica wild life. In 2014, The Salt of the Earth, a documentary about his work came out, and it is without a doubt one of the best I have seen in my life. Reflective and thought-provoking, this documentary should literally be watched by everyone, at least once.

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  1. Steve McCurry

My absolute favourite photojournalist is the author of the world-wide renown “Afghan Girl” portrait. McCurry mostly tries, through his work, to focus on the human consequences of war, giving it a human face. “Most of my images are grounded in people. I look for the unguarded moment, the essential soul peeking out, experience etched on a person’s face. I try to convey what it is like to be that person, a person caught in a broader landscape, that you could call the human condition”, he explains. McCurry has had a huge impact on my love for photography and I think it is a necessity to look at his work when you start thinking about humanity.

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Do you like photojournalism? Who are your favorite world photographers?

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This post was written by Elisa Fourt.
Elisa Fourt was part of the Travelettes team from 2015 to 2017.  Elisa usually describes herself as a world citizen. She has lived, studied, worked and travelled in more than 60 countries throughout her life and she loves to share her passion for the world with others. When she is not planning her next trip or writing about the last one, Elisa likes to help people in need and get involved in various not-for-profit projects. She currently works for a NGO in the Middle-East. Follow her on Instagram @lisou.me