Rebel Chechens shoot at Russian soldiers in central Grozny, Russia, on January 2, 1995.
Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Remembering photographer Yannis Behrakis

Updated 12:06 PM ET, Sun March 3, 2019

Rebel Chechens shoot at Russian soldiers in central Grozny, Russia, on January 2, 1995.
Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Yannis Behrakis died Saturday, March 2, after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.

Behrakis spent most of his career with Reuters and was best known for his powerful images of countries in crisis.

"Yannis had a magnificent way of covering stories around the world, and I must say that after Yannis left us, we all will look like amateurs for how good he was at his job," said veteran Reuters photographer Goran Tomasevic, who accompanied Behrakis during his last hours. "We have lost a brother and a friend."

Behrakis was born in 1960 in Athens, Greece. His career as a news photographer spanned more than 30 years and took him to conflict zones across the globe.

"I'm there to record the best and the worst of humankind," Behrakis said in his Reuters biography. "This is my contribution to world peace."

In 2016, Behrakis' Reuters team won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the refugee crisis. His work has also been recognized by World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, among others.