We were very saddened to hear that a member of the PhotoShelter community, Dmitry Chebotayev, was killed over the weekend by a roadside bomb in Diyala, Iraq. Dmitry photographed for WPN, Russian Newsweek and other publications worldwide.
To say that he died what he loved doing is not an understatement. Sion Touhig had corresponded with Dima, as he was known, just a few weeks earlier about shooting in Iraq. We admire his courage and conviction.
His friend, Sergey Ponomarev, wrote us the following:
Born Jan. 20, 1978, Chebotayev graduated from Moscow State Technological University in 2001 with degree in economics. He loved to snowboard and was an avid cyclist, said his girlfriend of six years, Natalia Kolesnikova.
“He took the camera, he liked it, he made real progress,” said Kolesnikova, a 28-year-old photographer for the French news agency, Agence France-Presse, in Moscow. “By age 29, after just 4 years, he became a role model for many of his colleagues.”
Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Dmitry’s friends have set up a fund to establish a memorial website and book of his work. You can donate below:
This is not an affiliation, endorsement or sponsored solicitation by PhotoShelter. We just think it’s tragic.