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Libya, Goran and the photo that went around the world

March 23, 2011

Chief Photographer Steve Crisp tells how this picture from Goran Tomasevic appeared Monday on front pages across the world.

Vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi explode after an air strike by coalition forces, along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah March 20, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

“Goran, as ever, was up at first light and on the road heading south from Benghazi after the first night of western bombing. The Reuters multimedia team came upon a convoy of troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who had been attacked. Goran carefully took up a position near the smoldering vehicles when munitions exploded and so was able to capture a wide selection of dramatic and iconic pictures. This coverage was the climax to Goran’s outstanding front line reporting from the rebel advance, retreat and western intervention.

Vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi explode after an air strike by coalition forces, along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah March 20, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

His images scored an amazing number of online and newspaper front pages worldwide, with this defining moment published as widely as another historic Reuters war picture, a 2003 photograph of a U.S. soldier standing beside the toppled statue of Saddam Hussein – a picture also shot by Goran Tomasevic.”

A selection of newspapers around the world carrying Goran's image.

For more information on Goran, here is a selection of his work with comments on Full Focus.

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Congratulations! Impressive number of tearsheets!
Lucas
http://www.pictobank.com

Posted by Photoluc | Report as abusive
 

Bravo Gorane! Sve najbolje i cuvaj se!

Posted by STELLANOVA | Report as abusive
 

AWESOME !

Posted by emilyputria | Report as abusive
 

I have never seen s many front pages with a single photo in my life~! Congrats Goran!

Posted by Nicky1 | Report as abusive
 

Bravo Gošo, nekako mi milo što te poznajem…čuvaj se.

Posted by sneza | Report as abusive
 

Hi Goran!

I would like to ask, if I can use this explosion picture in my photoshop art work? It is not for sell, or any other commercial purposes, however I need to specify where I get my stock images, when I post my composites or photos on deviantArt website.

Thanks in advance! Great photo!

Posted by Aivito | Report as abusive
 

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