2014 Photo Contest, Daily Life, Singles, 2nd prize

Soldier's Funeral

Photographer

Andrea Bruce

Noor for The New York Times

30 September, 2013

People mourn the death of a 24-year-old Syrian Army lieutenant, who was known by the name of Abu Layth, in a village in the coastal province of Latakia.

About

Andrea Bruce

Andrea Bruce is a documentary photographer, covering social issues in conflict areas, focusing mostly on Iraq and Afghanistan.  For eight years, she worked as a staff photographe...

Background story

People mourn the death of a 24-year-old Syrian Army lieutenant, who was known by the name of Abu Layth, in a village in the coastal province of Latakia.

The soldier had been killed in an ambush at the other end of the country. Support for the government was strong in the region, and the soldier and his family were Alawites, members of the same religious group as Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president. Abu Layth was the first soldier from his village to fall in a conflict that had been racking the country for two years. Fatalities at the time were thought to exceed 100,000, but figures were extremely hard to verify because of lack of access on the ground to independent observers.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/25
Focal length
44.0 mm
F-Stop
2.8
ISO
4000
Camera
Nikon D800

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