Remi Ochlik: 'We Had Come to Work, So I Kept on Working'

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Remi Ochlik was only in his 28 when he died on Wednesday in Homs, Syria. He was also one of the brightest talents in the field of photojournalism.  "I expected to see horrible things. Yes, I was afraid," Ochlik was quoted as saying. Ochlik is pictured below reporting from Cairo.

Less than a month ago, Ochlik won the World Press Photo award for his Battle of Libya collection, which documented the uprising in Syria. He was also recognized by The Scoop Grand Lille in 2011 for his work in Tripoli and EgyptThe Guardian's tribute to Ochlik includes a quote from Jean-François Leroy, the head of Visa pour l'Image, a premier French photojournalism festival. 

"Someone showed me this work on the events in Haiti. It was very beautiful, very strong. I didn't know the guy who'd done it. I asked him to come in. He's called Remi Ochlik, he's 20. He worked all alone, like a big guy. There you go. Photojournalism is not dead."

The Guardian also included a gallery of Ochlik's work. As Time mentions, Ochlik witnessed the death of his good friend when they first hit the streets of Tunis at the beginning of his career. "We had come to work, so I kept on working," he said.  "He was very serious, he didn’t take risks,” Yoan Valat, an EPA photographer who worked and traveled with Ochlik in Morocco and Tunisia, told the AP. “While he was young, he had a lot of experience.”
For a look at Ochlik's stunning work, head on over to his personal site:

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