David Gilkey

The Protojournalist
10:20 am
Thu June 19, 2014

1,000 Words: Afghans Engage In A Dangerous Game

David P Gilkey NPR

The "Horsemen of Afghanistan" playing Buzkashi — a dangerous contest in which riders vie for a goat carcass — in the northern city of Sheberghan near the Tajikistan border.

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The Protojournalist
10:13 am
Fri December 13, 2013

1,000 Words: A Pet Reindeer In Nome, Alaska

David Gilkey NPR News

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 1:44 pm

A pet reindeer in a pickup truck. The reindeer's name: Velvet Eyes.

Typhoon Haiyan Devastates The Philippines
8:34 am
Thu November 21, 2013

What I Saw: A Photographer's Last Dispatch From The Philippines

David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 6:12 pm

NPR photographer David Gilkey has photographed in extreme situations — from the surge in Afghanistan, to bombings in Gaza, to the tsunami in Japan, but he was shocked at what he saw in the village of Barangay 68 in Tacloban City, Philippines.

Nothing could have prepared me for what I was going to find when I arrived.

"Barangay," loosely translated, means a neighborhood or village and Barangay 68 is just one of the tiny hamlets that make up greater Tacloban City in the central Philippines. The village was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

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The Picture Show
2:49 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Looking Back To Move Forward: 13 Years Of Photographing Afghanistan

Dust rises behind a convoy traveling down a dusty road near Kandahar. Soldiers refer to their backside as "their six" — as in 6 o'clock: or, when facing ahead at 12, the area that's behind.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 12:16 pm

Editor's note: On his most recent trip to Afghanistan, NPR staff photographer David Gilkey shot this personal iPhone photo essay in his downtime.

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The Picture Show
6:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Dashing Through The Snow ... With A Reindeer In A Pickup Truck?

"Velvet Eyes" — a pet reindeer belonging to Carl Emmons — stands in the back of a pickup truck outside a market and gas station in Nome, Alaska.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:45 am

As a photographer working for NPR, I travel the globe covering assignments with our reporters and correspondents. The logistics of getting into a place can be brutal, and rarely do photographs "just happen" without a tremendous amount of time and effort.

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This Is NPR
12:45 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Photojournalist ProFile: 'You Have To Be In The Middle Of It.'

NPR photographer David Gilkey in Afghanistan's Kunar River Valley as he navigated closed roads on his way back to Kabul (2010).
Courtesy of CNN's Ivan Watson

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 3:38 pm

My name... David Gilkey
NPR employee since... 2007
Public radio listener since... I was a kid and my dad drove me to school.

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The Picture Show
8:01 am
Mon April 30, 2012

A Glimpse Of Daily Life In Afghanistan

What does daily life in Kabul, Afghanistan, look like?
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:50 am

What does daily life look like in Afghanistan? It's something we rarely see despite more than a decade of U.S. military involvement.

I'm filing from Kabul, where I will be for a few more days before heading south to Kandahar province. In the capital, there seems to be a resilience gained from decades of conflict.

Here you'll find a culture that is alive and thriving. The city nurtures a micro-economy of independent businessmen and women, buying, selling and trading wares.

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