BERLIN — Karsten Thielker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning German photographer with The Related Press who lined human struggling in battle zones across the globe, has died. He was 54.
Thielker died Oct. three in Berlin of esophageal most cancers, his spouse Janna Ressel stated Thursday.
Thielker, who began his profession at a Mainz-area regional newspaper earlier than working for the AP from 1990-1996, was a part of a workforce that gained the Pulitzer Prize for function images in 1995 for photographs of ethnic violence in Rwanda.
His photograph of an overcrowded camp of Rwandan refugees in 1994 in Tanzania was amongst these chosen for the prizewinning package deal.
Thielker’s profession took him to many different conflicts and warfare zones, together with Bosnia, Somalia and Chechnya.
“In the course of the warfare in Bosnia, he made a photograph challenge a couple of maternity ward in besieged Sarajevo — I feel it says lots about his love for mankind,” Ressel stated, reflecting upon the years her husband spent overseas masking individuals dwelling, fleeing and dying in armed conflicts.
Past his images, Thielker additionally educated photojournalists in Jap Europe, Central America and Asia.
“So many potential, and positively distinctive photographs, will not seem in taz, the Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung, Zeit, and different publications — this can depart an enormous void,” wrote Berlin photojournalist Stefan Boness within the Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung of his pal Thielker’s dying.
“Even better, nonetheless, is the painful lack of an at all times constructive, deeply sympathetic and supportive colleague and pal.”
After his years with the AP, which additionally included engaged on the photograph desk in London, Thielker ultimately returned to his residence base of Berlin the place he centered on avenue images.
“Karsten was a wonderful and extremely gifted photographer — his Pulitzer-winning work in Rwanda and lengthy stints within the Balkans show this past doubt,” stated Tony Hicks, AP’s Deputy Director of Images, Worldwide.
“He was additionally a stunning man who made a variety of pals all through his profession and somebody I’m glad to say I had the pleasure of working intently with when he got here to work on the London photograph desk.“
A few of his most up-to-date work included photographs of life within the German capital throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
He additionally based the photograph web site Berlin Each day and generally labored collectively along with his spouse.
“Our ardour for Berlin metropolis life related us; I work as a metropolis information in Berlin,” Ressel stated. “That means we might generally mix our work.”
Thielker is survived by two youngsters, ages 16 and 18, and a 16-year-old stepdaughter.
Kirsten Grieshaber, The Related Press