Goran Tomasevic (born 1969 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia), is a Serbian photographer working for Reuters who has spent more than 20 years travelling around the globe to cover the world’s biggest stories.
Tomasevic’s award-winning pictures of wars and revolutions have become some of the most enduring images of the conflicts fought in the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. His broad work includes photographic features from South Sudan, Pakistan, Mozambique, DR Congo Central African Republic, Burundi, Nigeria and sports coverage of the Olympics and soccer World Cups.
After photographing the wars that followed the break-up of former Yugoslavia for a local paper, Tomasevic joined Reuters in 1996, covering the simmering political tensions in Kosovo and the anti-Milosevic demonstrations in his home town of Belgrade. During NATO’s three-month bombardment of Serbia in 1999, Tomasevic was the only photographer working for foreign press to spend the duration of the conflict in Kosovo.
Tomasevic moved to Jerusalem in 2002, covering the second Palestinian intifada. During the U.S.-led invasions of Iraq in 2003, his picture of a U.S. Marine watching the toppling of a Saddam Hussein statue became one of the most memorable images of the war. He often returned to Iraq as sectarian violence escalated and regularly photographed America’s other war in Afghanistan. His sequence of photographs of U.S. Marine Sergeant Bee narrowly escaping Taliban bullets became an iconic image in U.S. war history.
Tomasevic moved to Cairo in 2006 and was at the heart of Reuters’ coverage of the Arab Spring. In Libya, his image of a fireball that spewed up after an air strike on pro-Gaddafi fighters became an iconic image of the Libyan war, gracing the front pages of more than 100 newspapers around the globe. Tomasevic’s raw pictures of rebel fighters battling pro-Assad forces among the ruins of Aleppo and Damascus have won international acclaim, as did his coverage of the bloody siege on a Nairobi shopping mall in Kenya
Tomasevic’s work has been recognised with many prestigious international awards. He has been named Reuters Photographer of the Year a record four times (2003, 2005, 2011 and 2013) and won the Reuters Photograph of the Year award in 2008. In 2014, he was awarded first prize in the “Spot News Stories” category at the World Press Photo and second and third prize at “News Picture Story” at POYi. He has won China International Press Photo of the Year in 2011 and he has been awarded for spot news in 2004 and 2012. In 2009 he won the SOPA Award of Excellence for News Photography. In 2012 Tomasevic won the London Frontline Club Award and in 2013 the Days Japan award. In 2005 he got the National Press Photography Association, Best of Photo journalism in the Portrait and Personality category and third place for news in 2011. In 2014 he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prise for Breaking News Photography. The Guardian’s photo team chose Goran Tomasevic as their agency photographer of the year for 2013. International Business Times UK chose Goran as their agency photographer of the year for 2016.
In 2012 the Czech Photo Gallery in Prague held a six week exhibition of Tomasevic’s war photography, depicting more than two decades of conflict. Further exhibitions were held in Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents Club in 2014 and Perpignan, France during the Visa pour l’Image festival in 2006, 2013 and 2015.
Tomasevic is now Chief Photographer for Reuters, based in Istanbul.