Emilio Morenatti

Emilio Morenatti began his career in photo journalism in Spain covering both national and international events. In 2003, he traveled to Afghanistan as a correspondent to cover the war and the fall of the Taliban for the Associated Press. Currently, he is based in Pakistan and covers Central Asia for the Associated Press. Emilio was named 2008 Newspaper Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International.

Thanks to my friend James von Simson for passing on Emilio’s brilliant photography to me and making me aware of it.

Below, I have chosen a few of my favorite images, which are phenominal. You can find the rest of his work at http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2009/03/23/photographer-collection-emilio-morenatti/morenatti0001


An Afghan man carries a bundle of balloons as he walks along a street on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, June 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


A Pakistani child looks on as women covered with burqas from the tribal region of Bajur and Mohmand agency wait to be registered at the Jalozai refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 30, 2009. More than 200,000 people have fled the fighting in Bajur and Mohmand agency to camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) 


A Pakistani Kushti wrestler washes himself after a training at the Champion Khalu Behalwan wrestling club in the Old City of Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008. Kushti, an Indo-Pakistani form of wrestling, is several thousand years old and is a national sport in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


Traffic is seen through a bus window in central Lee Market, Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Pakistan’s parliamentary elections were postponed after the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on December 27, 2007. Across Pakistan, the fear of violence runs high as the country prepares to head to the polls on Feb. 18.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


Pakistani Muslims walk near the Badshahi mosque after ‘Iftar’, the time to break the fast, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 5, 2008. During Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Urooj Akbar, 28, poses for a photograph at the Depilex beauty center where she works in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, July 27, 2008. Urooj was burnt with kerosene oil by her abusive husband while she was sleeping. The two had a child who now lives with her husband and in-laws and whom she is not able to see. Urooj suffered burns on some 70 percent of her body and has undergone plastic surgery ten times to try to recover from her scars with the help of Depilex-Smileagain Foundation in Lahore. Smileagain is an organization that helps burn victims to reintegrate into society through medical and psychological support, sometimes employing them as beauticians at Depilex beauty centers. Urooj is one of the 240 registered victims of Smileagain’s help list in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti


A Pakistani worshiper prays in front of the Faisal mosque during the Friday prayer in Islamabad, Pakistan on Friday March 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


A Pakistani butchers holds a knife after slaughtering a cow to mark the beginning of Eid al-Adha in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008. Eid al-Adha celebrates the Quran’s account of God’s allowing Abraham to sacrifice a sheep instead of his son. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)



  1. Beautiful photos – I’d seen a couple before, but hadn’t realize it was all the work of one very talented photographer. The little girl in Bajaur and the woman who was burnt by her husband are the two ones that stood out to me the most.

  2. Umair · · Reply

    This is great stuff. Captures the essence of societal norms in Pk.

  3. Fantastic photography

  4. This by far is one of my favorite blogs by you. Stunning photographs!!

  5. amazing photographs!

  6. What moving photos, thanks for sharing these, Omar. I had absolutely no idea that Depilex was involved in such great work, it’s great to know they’re doing this for their community – they have definitely grown in my esteem.

  7. Ijaz Ul Haq · · Reply

    Great Omar! Your blog is improving by the day. Emilio has taken some great pictures. All photos have a story with it. It reflects what the country is going through. Bajour and now Swat. Most of the pictures posted on your blog are showing the sad side of Pakistan. The women with the burnt face is a moving photo. I like the one of Faisal Mosque and the Badshai Mosque.

  8. Zeeshaan · · Reply

    beautiful pictures…reflects so much of emotion!

  9. Keith · · Reply

    Fantastic pictures

  10. Wonderful pictures…especially Arooj’s story…One of the biggest dilemma of our society…Smileagain is doing a great job…need more organisations like that!

  11. This is phenominal! The one with the knife is a bit scary though.

  12. Beautiful pictures. I am from India but wish all the peace in the world for Afghanistan.

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