Time Magazine said Wednesday it had honored Agence France-Presse photographer Mauricio Lima with its “Wire Photographer of the Year” award, hailing his “remarkable body of work” from the Afghan war. Embedded for four weeks with US Marines in Helmand province earlier this year, Lima also spent a month working alone, based in Kabul, capturing intimate portraits of military forces in the conflict-scarred country, and civilians living in the war zone. Based in Sao Paulo, Lima has worked on assignments for AFP throughout Latin America, Iraq and around the Middle East, but his work in Afghanistan — his first visit to the country — was captivating, said Time.
“Of the millions of photographs moving through the news services this year, the work of AFP’s Mauricio Lima stood out,” the magazine said as it displayed “a small selection from the remarkable body of work” on its website. Among his stand-out shots highlighted by Time was a close-up of an Afghan detainee held by US forces, his face wrapped in cloth — a photo that has been featured in a numerous “best photos of 2010″ lists in US media in recent weeks. Other photographs that capture the pastel-hued, dusty color of the Afghan landscape include young children playing in the streets of Kabul, and a series of portraits of US marines showing off their tattoos. Capturing military and civilian lives “provided a sort of mental divide between categories,” Lima told the magazine. “But within those categories, the photos I took were intuitive. Watching and waiting for a distinctive picture is what I do. It’s patience, perseverance — and moving quickly to capture the moment when you see it.” (AFP)