Former Free Press photographer David Gilkey killed in Afghanistan

David Gilkey, 50
David Gilkey, 50

David Gilkey, a former Detroit Free Press photographer, was killed Sunday while working for NPR in southern Afghanistan for NPR.

Gilkey’s interpreter, Zabihullah Tamanna, also was killed when the NPR crew came under heavy fire.

“They were traveling with an Afghan army unit when the convoy came under fire. Their vehicle was struck by shell fire,” NPR said in a statement.

Two other NPR members were following Gilkey and Tamanna in another car and were not injured.

Gilkey, 50, covered the war in Iraq for the Free Press and was part of a team that won the newspaper its first Emmy with a project called, “Michigan Marines: Band of Brothers.”

NPR said Gilkey was “one of the best photojournalist in the world.”

Check out his work here. 

“It is fair to say that David witnessed some of humanity’s most challenging moments: He covered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” NPR said. “He covered the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. He covered the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa. He covered the devastating earthquake in Haiti, famine in Somalia and most recently the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

His images were haunting — amid the rubble, he found beauty; amid war, he found humanity.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • drbpor

    Not much sympathy for civilian individuals intentionally entering a known war zone

  • drbpor

    Not much sympathy for civilian individuals intentionally entering a known war zone