A woman sweeps debris after Russia shelled her building in Saltivka, a residential area in Kharkiv, Ukraine on May 5, 2022. “She had previously hid in a bunker before she returned to her building to clean up the damage,” says the photographer Daniel Carde.
Daniel Carde is a photojournalist based in Beirut, Lebanon. As a child, he was fascinated by photographs of war and the power these photographs have on a viewer—to shock, to overwhelm, to connect, to inspire, to change. It made him wonder what compelled people to fight and kill each other. Photography is how he connects to the world and is his way to understand humanity better.
He became interested in conflict-related journalism after he looked through his grandmother’s photo album and learned the power a photograph can have on a survivor left behind. His grandmother survived the Cité Héraud Massacre on Sept. 24, 1945, in French Indochina, now Vietnam. In her family photo album, she had not only the happy group photos of her family, she also had a photograph of her dead mother, laying on the ground where she was executed in Héraud, Saigon's French colony.
His work has included covering landmine removal and landmine survivors in Cambodia and Iraq, as well as daily assignments in the U.S. He later moved to Beirut, where he covered the Beirut Blast, the Covid-19 pandemic, and Lebanon's economic collapse. He is currently photographing the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.