Four years ago today, photographer Alexander Klimchuk was covering the outbreak of the Georgian-Russian war when he was shot and killed near a South Ossetian checkpoint in the breakaway republic’s capital Tskhinvali. The photos contained in this photo essay are intended to celebrate his life and his all-too-brief, but bright, career as a photojournalist.
Alexander was born in 1981. Even before graduating in 2003 from Tbilisi State University with a degree in journalism, he displayed a talent for photography. Before long he was a much sought-after news photographer, working for such media outlets as Komsomolskaya Pravda, ITAR-TASS, Eye of Georgia and EurasiaNet.org. He was also a photographer for UNICEF and the Nodar Dumbadze Central State Children’s Theater in Tbilisi.
In 2006, he co-founded his own photo agency, Caucasus Press Images.
He was a three-time winner of ITAR-TASS’s Best Photos of the Year and received a first-place prize in the 2007 Russian press photo contest “People in the News.”
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The images presented here are a tribute to Alexander not only as a photojournalist, but as a person. Thank you for all you gave of yourself, Alexander. You are missed.