An SOS Vostok driver helps a resident to stand so she can be evacuated from an elderly residential centre in Toretsk, Ukraine on April 13, 2022. “The residents were transported by SOS Vostok, a Czech NGO, to a railway station at Pokrovsk where they caught a train to Vinnytsia,” says the photographer Daniel Carde. “People are fleeing the area as Russian troops prepare an offensive to take the region.”
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.