The old city of Sanaa, Yemen - 2011
A child plays in the old city of Sanaa in Yemen, 2011.
Samuel Aranda (b. 1979, Spain) started as photojournalist at age 19 for Spanish newspapers El Pais and El Periodico de Catalunya. At 21 he traveled to the Middle East to cover the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for the Spanish agency EFE.
Samuel joined AFP in 2004 and covered multiple conflicts and social issues in Spain, Pakistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Morocco, Western Sahara and China. His 2006 feature on African immigrants trying to reach Europe was featured at Visa Pour L'Image.The same year he returned to freelancing. Freelance projects have included Uzbekistan´s Aral Sea, social issues in India, Kosovo´s independence, South Africa before the World Cup, conflict in Colombia, the dispute between Moldova and Transnistria, street kids in Bucharest and the Camorra mafia in Naples.
In 2011 Aranda began ongoing coverage of the Arab revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. He received the 2012 World Press Photo for an image of the Yemeni uprising while on assignment for The New York Times.
He currently works mainly for The New York Times and El Magazine de La Vanguardia. He is based between Barcelona and Tunisia.
Personal connection to Anton: Samuel and Anton worked together in Libya. Samuel was the first to call Penny's widow to inform her of what had happened.