Chicago Based Photojournalist

Haiti & Paul Hansen

Last year while covering the Haitian earthquake aftermath, myself and several other photographers were in the downtown area of Port au Prince following local police as they attempted to maintain control over looting crowds. During the chaos Fabienne Cherisma, 15, was shot in the head by police and died instantly. During the next few minutes one of the images I made shows the scene and the many photographers capturing images of her lifeless body.

As it turns out one of those photographers, Paul Hansen, a staff photographer with the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, has won newspaper photographer of the year in the 67th annual Picture of the Year International competition at the Missouri School of Journalism.

I feel it is important to share with viewers a glimpse of the situation that surrounded Fabienne’s tragic misfortune.

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