Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Lensman who lost limbs in Afghan blast to tell of his work in war zone

Giles Duley taking a picture of a man recovering in hospital
Giles Duley taking a picture of a man recovering in hospital

A journalist who lost an arm and both of his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan is to tell a Northern Ireland audience about his experiences.

London-born photojournalist Giles Duley is best known for his photography of humanitarian issues and the consequences of conflict.

His work has been exhibited and published worldwide in publications including Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Sunday Times and The Observer.

But in 2011 he was severely injured after stepping on an improvised explosive device while he accompanied a US Army patrol in Afghanistan and as a result became a triple amputee.

Despite his terrible injuries Duley is back working again and will be telling his story in Londonderry as this year's 'Chair of Illumination' at the Garden of Reflection event. The theme of his talk is 'Becoming the Story and Moving Beyond the Hurt'.

Gerard Deane, Garden of Reflection programme co-ordinator, said Duley has worked with charities to highlight lesser-known stories deserving of public attention and action.

"His own story is one that we can all be inspired by," he said.

"The strength he has shown to document the stories of others, is something from which we can all learn."

The talks are on Wednesday from 11am in the Holywell-Diverse City Community Partnership, 8-14 Bishop Street. The event is free to attend.

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