Russian Photojournalist Dmitri Beliakov Brings His Images of War in Ukraine to Vermont Copy

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Published February 24, 2023 at 11:23 a.m.

For 25 years, Dmitri Beliakov covered armed conflicts and photographed countless soldiers, refugees, casualties and atrocities. His searing battlefield images, often shot in the reflections of windows and through holes in mortar-scarred buildings, have appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious publications, including the New York Times, the Washington PostForbesDer Spiegel and the Sunday Times of London. Yet Beliakov bristles at the label “war photographer.”

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“I’m an anti-war photographer,” he said. “I hate war because I’ve seen what war does.”

For the Russian-born photojournalist, the capacity of fanatics to inflict suffering on innocent civilians was forever burned into his memory beginning on September 1, 2004. That morning, Beliakov had just dropped off his son at school for the first time when he heard from a source within the Russian military. Counterterrorism units were deploying to Russia’s North Caucasus region to a school hostage crisis in the town of Beslan. Beliakov immediately joined them.

 

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