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Ethiopia

A woman looks at a government cluster bomb

in Tigray in 1989

 

The photography of John Reardon

 

The photographer John Reardon

has died at the age of 66.

Throughout his long and distinguished career

he produced memorable images from home and abroad.

Here is a selection of his work

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Sat 28 Apr 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/apr/28/
the-photography-of-john-reardon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Reardon    ? - 2018

 

John started shooting

for the Observer

in the mid-1980s

and covered

domestic civil unrest

and social hardship,

as well as workaday

newspaper jobs.

 

He travelled

to Bangladesh,

Ethiopia

and Sri Lanka,

showing the reality

of human suffering

with great sympathy.

 

In 1994,

he left for war-torn

Kabul, Afghanistan,

and the outstanding results,

displayed sumptuously

in the Observer Magazine,

saw his work

gain global recognition

at the World Press Awards.

 

Shortly after

his time in Kabul,

John stopped travelling,

to be closer to his family,

and became picture editor

of the Observer.

 

I was his deputy,

tasked with peering

into the nascent

world wide web

while he did the big stuff.

 

He strove to pack the paper

with stark photojournalism.

 

On 1 May 1994,

through sheer

force of personality,

he persuaded the editor

to publish a shocking

photograph by Luc Delahaye,

showing a pile of bodies

of slaughtered refugees

near Kigali.

 

It helped the world focus

on the unfolding tragedy

in Rwanda.

 

But sometimes

his focus was too intense.

 

He would agonise

over the cropping

of every mugshot.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/29/
john-reardon-observer-photographer-dies-aged-66

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/john-reardon

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/29/
john-reardon-observer-photographer-dies-aged-66

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/apr/28/
the-photography-of-john-reardon

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/29/
john-reardon-observer-photographer-dies-aged-66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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