Afghanistan - 2007
Abdul Kabir, 25, a member of the Afghan National Police (ANP), at his post outside Poentjak, an isolated region of arid mountains and cultivated valleys in Uruzgan Province that is one of the areas where the Taliban originated, April 5, 2007.
Tyler Hicks (b. 1969, Brazil) is a staff photographer for The New York Times. Tyler began working for The Times as a contract photographer in Kenya in 1999, photographing news stories in East and West Africa. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he traveled to Afghanistan for The Times and arrived in Kabul as the Northern Alliance liberated the city from Taliban control. He has returned to Afghanistan yearly and continues to document the conflict there.
Tyler graduated in 1992 with a B.A. in journalism from Boston University, where he returned in 2011 to deliver the commencement speech for the College of Communication. Mr. Hicks moved to North Carolina, where he was a staff photographer for three years at The Wilmington Star-News. During this time there, he also photographed projects in Haiti, Albania and Kosovo. Moved by the atrocities he saw in Kosovo, Mr. Hicks left his job to pursue a career in international news.
He received the Newspaper Photographer of the Year award from Pictures of the Year International for his work in 2006. In 2001, Mr. Hicks was the recipient of the 2001 ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism for his coverage in Afghanistan, as well as other awards, including World Press and Pictures of the Year and Visa Pour L’image in Perpignan, France.
He lives in Nairobi, Kenya.