Hughes Leglise-Bataille (1968-2011)

Photojournalist Hughes Léglise-Bataille along with six others, including his wife and sister-in-law were killed when the van in which they were travelling in Brazil was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry.

I first heard of Hughes Léglise-Bataille when his pictures of Demonstrations in Paris won the first prize for News Blogs in the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism contest in 2007 for a dramatic silhouette of a protesters on the fence in front of a floodlit Assemblée Nationale. It was just one of 30 pictures in a set still on Flickr taken at a series of demonstrations against a new French employment law in March/April 2006.

I remember later reading a feature which mentioned his decision to abandon investment banking (a career for 13 years in Sao Paulo and New York) and become a professional photojournalist. From October 2009 worked for the French Agency Wostok Press, where you can see more of his work, including a set of recent pictures from Tahrir Square.

He continued to contribute his pictures to Flickr and to take an active part in discussions of the ‘Hard Core Street Photography‘ Group, where he was also known simply as ‘Hugo’.

You can see more of his work on his Photoshelter site, which features some fine photojournalistic images as well as some of his street photography, which I find of rather less interest.

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