Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans shot dead by sniper in Libya

Oct 3, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans shot dead by sniper in Libya

Oct 3, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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An ISIS sniper is reported to have fatally shot Dutch photojournalist, Jeroen Oerlemans. The Guardian reports that the shooting took place in Sirte, a city over which ISIS have been fighting to control for a year. Oerlemans had been there covering the ongoing conflict in Libya for Belgian publication, Knack.

Eike den Hertog of the Beeldunie photo agency said of Oerlemans, “He wasn’t a cowboy. He was prudent, and very smart”. Hertog has worked with Oerlemans for much of the last twenty years. Oerlemans was scheduled to return home on Monday.

Oerlemans was no stranger to shooting in such areas. He had covered conflict in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Sierra Leone, Israel, Iraq and many other locations. Oerlemans was also kidnapped and wounded in Syria and released a week later.

In a statement, Robert Mahoney, Deputy Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said, “The death of Jeroen Oerlemans is a reminder that those who bring us images and video from the frontlines often pay the heaviest price”.

I’ve always had the greatest of respect for conflict photographers. Talk about pressure. panicky portrait subjects and even weddings are nothing compared to the stress they go through on a daily basis. It’s certainly more than I could handle.

Oerlemans, 45, is surfived by his wife and three small children. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans shot dead by sniper in Libya”

  1. Paul Peabody Avatar
    Paul Peabody

    R.I.P. phew! its dangerous out there

  2. Paul Peabody Avatar
    Paul Peabody

    R.I.P. phew! its dangerous out there

  3. Paul Peabody Avatar
    Paul Peabody

    R.I.P. phew! its dangerous out there

  4. Вергунов Сергей Avatar
    Вергунов Сергей

    Libya was absolutely safe before Americans staged “Arab Spring” there…