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Tyler Hicks: War Photographer


Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Tyler Hicks (’92) was one of several journalists held hostage for four days in mid-March by Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces in Libya. These are his photos of the 2011 war in Libya.

In the Heat of Terrorism

On April 14 2014, Hicks received a Pulitzer for Breaking News Photography for his courageous documentation of the Westgate Mall terrorist attacks in Kenya, where gunmen killed 39 people and wounded at least 150 others. Read a Q&A with the photojournalist in BU Today.

Bearing Witness in Syria

On March 3, 2012, Hicks wrote about the death of his colleague and friend, Anthony Shadid. Both of them worked alongside each other for years at The New York Times, where they covered stories in some of the most conflict-ridden places on earth.

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Tyler Hicks

Tyler Hicks is a staff photographer for The New York Times. A war photographer who focuses on the common humanity shared by the victors and vanquished, Hicks has documented conflict in Kosovo, Chechnya, Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hicks was among the staff members at The Times who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for "masterful, groundbreaking coverage of America's deepening military and political challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan, reporting frequently done under perilous conditions."

Hicks began working for The Times as a contract photographer in Kenya in 1999 and was hired as a staff photographer in 2002. He had previously worked for The Troy Daily News in Ohio and The Wilmington Star-News in North Carolina. During that time, he also photographed personal projects in Haiti, Albania and Kosovo. Moved by the atrocities he saw in Kosovo, Hicks pursued a career in international news.

He was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2007 by Pictures of the Year International. He has won an Infinity award from the International Center of Photography and, in 2001, took third prize for spot news stories in the World Press Photo Contest.

Mr. Hicks was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He now lives in Istanbul.

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