Ep9 – Heathcliff O’Malley, War photographer; from Ground Zero to Afghanistan

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I’VE LIVED A THOUSAND LIVES

One bright September morning in 2001, Heathcliff O’Malley was preparing to spend another day among the catwalks of New York Fashion Week for the Daily Telegraph. His phone rang. It was his editor in London saying that reports were coming in about a plane strike on one of the Twin Towers. This call changed the course of Heathcliff’s life was to take. From that moment he was engaged in the story of the ensuing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

Heathcliff O’Malley has been a contract photographer at the Daily Telegraph for 19 years. He has covered everything from fashion shows to conflict. He has won numerous press awards and given talks at London’s Frontline Club.

In this Photographica Podcast Heathcliff talks movingly and fascinatingly about his work. He describes in details the life of a photographer covering conflicts, the highs and the deep lows. With almost two decades of time spent photographing the world’s conflict zones as well as royal weddings, catwalks and sporting events he offers many wonderful insights into the life of a photojournalist.

ABOUT HEATHCLIFF O’MALLEY – Heathcliff O’Malley is a photojournalist based in the United Kingdom where he lives with his family and has a long standing contract with the Daily Telegraph . He has travelled worldwide throughout the Americas, Middle East, Europe and Asia, covering Reportage, Portraiture, Fashion and Corporate assignments

Prior to this Heathcliff assisted a number of photographers including the catwalk photographer Chris Moore before moving on to a London based news agency.

Heathcliff’s Editorial work has been published in publications as diverse as National Geographic, Nouvel Observateur, Le Monde and the Guardian to name a few . He received an Award in the Photographer of the Year category of the Picture Editor’s Guild Awards in 2001 for his work covering the Genoa G8 Summit, 911 and the subsequent War in Afghanistan.

In 2007 Heathcliff gave a talk and slideshow presentation of his work at the Frontline Club in London focusing on the aftermath of 911 and the War on Terror which he has covered from it’s beginning until the present day.

He also appeared with a panel of war reporters during a “Talkback” session with an audience after the showing of Hollywood actor Tim Robbins “Embedded” play at the Riverside Studio’s in 2004.

In 2010 Heathcliff won a Press Photographer’s Year award for a video he shot in Helmand province whilst embedded with the Coldstream Guards.

Info taken from Heathcliff’s site heathcliffomalley.photoshelter.com

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Boy soldiers from Johnny Paul Koroma's "Westside Boys", now a militia augmented into the SLA, photographed after taking the village of Masiaka back form the RUF . 15 May 2000 Sierra Leone
Boy soldiers from Johnny Paul Koroma’s “Westside Boys”, now a militia augmented into the SLA, photographed after taking the village of Masiaka back form the RUF .
15 May 2000 Sierra Leone
Malecón, Havana
Malecón, Havana
Blood from a slaughtered sheep during the festival of Eid lies splattered on the torn page of a comic book depicting a story from the Iran-Iraq war . Baghdad 10 February 2003
Blood from a slaughtered sheep during the festival of Eid lies splattered on the torn page of a comic book depicting a story from the Iran-Iraq war .
Baghdad 10 February 2003
Inmates at Abu Ghraib prison waves their arms through the walls of their cell compound during an Amnesty by Saddam Hussein which led to the release of tens of thousands of prisoners throughout Iraq after a landslide victory in the "elections". Abu Ghraib 20 October 2002
Inmates at Abu Ghraib prison waves their arms through the walls of their cell compound during an Amnesty by Saddam Hussein which led to the release of tens of thousands of prisoners throughout Iraq after a landslide victory in the “elections”.
Abu Ghraib 20 October 2002
Northern Alliance mujahideen being briefed by their commander outside Taloqan .
Northern Alliance mujahideen being briefed by their commander outside Taloqan .
Surviving firemen at the scene in New York after terrorists flew two airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre .
Surviving firemen at the scene in New York after terrorists flew two airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre .
The scene in New York after terrorists flew two airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre .
The scene in New York after terrorists flew two airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre .
Heathcliff O'Malley photographed by Alex Schneideman 2010
Heathcliff O’Malley photographed by Alex Schneideman 2010

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