2003 Photo Contest, World Press Photo of the Year

Eric Grigorian

Polaris Images

22 June, 2002

Qazvin, Iran. A boy holds his dead father's trousers as he squats beside the spot where his father is to be buried, surrounded by soldiers and villagers digging graves for victims of an earthquake. The Changureh or Avaj earthquake, measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, struck on 22 June 2002. Dozens of villages were destroyed and hundreds of people killed across the province.

About the photographer

Eric Grigorian

Eric Grigorian was born to Armenian parents in Iran in 1969. At the start of the Iranian revolution in 1979, he left with his family for the United States. While completing a deg...

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