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Desert Soldier by Sergio Pessolano

Desert Soldier 


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30.11.2005 at 12:03h
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Niger - A soldier of the Tuareg Rebel Army in the area of Temet, close to Algeria border
Nikon F5, Tamron20-40mm@20mm, 1/500"@f5.6, Fujichrome Provia 100F

CETME mod. B / Mod. 58 rifle
Caliber: 7.62x51 mm reduced power load; also 7.62x51mm NATO
Action: delayed blowback
Overall length: 1015 mm
Barrel length: 450 mm
Weight: 4.4 kg
Rate of fire: 550 - 600 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 20 or 30 rounds


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Dirk Hofmann, 30.11.2005 at 12:59h

this one is perfect! phantastic work!
and fav!

Allan Thompson, 30.11.2005 at 14:01h

Very impressive! National Geograpic like!!!

Eamon Lynch, 30.11.2005 at 18:35h

Great Pic mate like it.. is that the old FN rifle?

Matthias Moritz, 30.11.2005 at 21:28h

The weapon is an old german G3, the army rifle for over 30 years...
Interesting portrait. I am a little bit worried.

Alfons Schueler, 30.11.2005 at 22:21h

nice weather soldier. not realistic, to much pose, to harmless, not Geographic like. But except the unrealistic sky the colors looks very warm and likeable.
If you looks the shadow right at the bottom, it looks like a montage.

Sergio Pessolano, 30.11.2005 at 22:33h

Sorry Alfons, but 1) the pose is quite intentional, because this is a didactic image, which it has to contain a lot of information about the subject, his life and his environment, avoiding the confusion of the many elements. 2) This image cannot be more realistic (I suppose you never been in Niger). 3) The sky is quite real. 4) Maybe you don't know that Nat Geo photographers are usual to create even sets to shot their images which look as "realistic" only because you watch them on a famous magazine. This means, only in a word, prejudices.

Petra Finkenzeller, 1.12.2005 at 1:00h

Hi Sergio,my first impression before even having read any of the other comments was " National Geographic".The pose of the soldier makes a bold statement, and the headscarf adds to the interest. What does stand out though in an otherwise great picture is the shadow on the bottom right of the picture that has already been mentioned by Alfons. It looks like it should be the soldier's shadow, yet it doesn't seem to be...greetings, Petra

Frank Cecconi, 1.12.2005 at 4:26h

Great shot! I like it - a little contrived perhaps, but it doesn't detract from the overall impact of the pic. Well done! I look forward to more;-) Rgds

Sergio Pessolano, 1.12.2005 at 7:41h

Hi Petra,
Thank you for taking time to comment my photo "Desert Soldier". I really enjoy your comment. The shadow on the bottom right is just the one of the soldier (exactly of one of his leg). It looks in that way because the sun was very low in the sky.

Petra Finkenzeller, 1.12.2005 at 11:03h

Aaah yes, now it makes sense :o) Thank you for letting us know Sergio. kind regards, Petra

Mohamed Awad, 1.12.2005 at 11:46h

very good photo

Ray Steinberg, 2.12.2005 at 6:15h

Excellent photo.


Stefanos Lampridis, 2.12.2005 at 20:08h

A kid with a gun far away from "us".. Dosen't matter, huh?

Ruud van der Lubben, 3.12.2005 at 11:56h

There is much beauty in war, a sad but often so true fact. I had a look at your site and noticed you call yourself a travel photographer while my first impression was hey! a Photojournalist ! 8-)
Great site by the way !

Welcome !

Jacqueline Chay, 4.12.2005 at 1:05h

Great picture, such a beautiful boy, the gaze is perfect.
This is reality.

Voting Center, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h

This photo has been selected for the gallery with 45 pro- and 5 contra-votes. Congratulations, Sergio Pessolano :-)

Dirk Hofmann II, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h

because this is great photography to me ...

Wen P, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h

Wow. How can anyone give this a contra? Wonderful.

Vladimir Danilov, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h

What a... Absolutely unreal photograph!!! Pro

Kay Wölfle, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h

Great shot! Pro

Marc Erpelding, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h

Great shot! Beautiful light and great expression.
Regards, Marc

Rolf Wengenroth, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h


Oliver M. Trash.Mania, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h


PINDORIUS, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h


Dragomir Vukovic, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h

fly ^^^

Gabi Dilly, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h


Kim Clauson, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h

Excellent! PRO!

Paul Grimshaw, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h

This would probably have attracted one of my rare proposals had it not already been proposed ... a nailed on, cast-iron, certain Pro ... Regards, Paul.
P.S. Although the colours are wonderful I bet this is just as stunning in mono as well - with the right treatment.

Danny W. Wilson, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h


Ruud van der Lubben, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h

Recently we were discussing the News & Journalism being not highlighted enough on Fc. Well here it is and as said spot on !


Petra Finkenzeller, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h


Jacky Kobelt, 5.12.2005 at 17:38h

hey that's something special.

Falko Seegel, 5.12.2005 at 17:39h

just great - especially the complementary contrast between sky and scarf !

Celal Tayar, 5.12.2005 at 17:39h

very excellent

Dominic Falcone, 5.12.2005 at 17:39h

Of course PRO!!

Moritz Huber, 5.12.2005 at 17:39h

First I watched the picture and said myself, maybe its nice but I don´t like the motive and I wouldn´t take such a foto (while I´m thinking that he was sort of posing?), BUT speaking only for the fotography it´s absolutely PRO

Jutta Washington, 5.12.2005 at 17:39h



Oliver M. Trash.Mania, 5.12.2005 at 18:17h

* :-)

Jacky Kobelt, 5.12.2005 at 18:31h

Congratulations !

Sergio Pessolano, 5.12.2005 at 19:50h

Many thanks to all you for your appreciation on this image. I took this shot in the Temet area, a dangerous place. I asked to the soldier to pose for me. I have many other shots of the same subject in different ways.

Awadh Alhamzany, 5.12.2005 at 20:07h

Hi Sergio nice to see your amazing work here.

This photo is just great !!

Meganski, 5.12.2005 at 20:50h

I know you have already received many comments on this shot, but I just can't help myself and have to leave one as well: ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! The pose, the sharpness, the colors...Would love to see more shots in this same series...

Abdul Khaliq, 5.12.2005 at 20:52h

Congratulations ! your work deserve for this reward.

Dirk Hofmann, 6.12.2005 at 9:48h

what a result ... i'm impressed and it takes a lot to amaze me ... ;-)))


Christian Fürst, 6.12.2005 at 23:13h

slightly artificial

Luke Johnson, 7.12.2005 at 2:05h

Very good! pro!

Shimon Uziel, 7.12.2005 at 7:27h

Thanks for great shot. My first thought was another fake soldier, but after I enlarged the picture my eyes went straight to the right hand finger. and only soldier holds it like that.

Thanks again,
From the country that has more soldiers than kids.

Pierre P., 8.12.2005 at 17:10h

Congratulations !!!

Yuval Kovo, 10.12.2005 at 16:47h

Excellent quality, that is rarely seen any more.
Great picture. Sad situation.

Ronny Couwenberg, 13.12.2005 at 16:42h

Congratulations....well deserved!

Victor Servián, 13.12.2005 at 17:04h

Me encanta. La definición, los colores. Disparas solo en raw? Se puede aprender algo de ti? Hermosa foto.

Rams Plastic-Aedtler, 13.12.2005 at 22:32h

Magnificent photo - maximum class!!

Robert Padilla, 15.12.2005 at 23:13h


Raul Luis, 17.12.2005 at 6:37h

Sergio,............I keep coming back to your work. Each image that you have shared with the community conveys something of yourself, allow your heart to speak through your images,.....I really can appreciate this, have combined your skills with your empathy for your subjects,...very genuine, not just images,.....


Edward Dobrozhinetsky, 18.12.2005 at 15:00h

impressive. +++

Nicole Stephen, 21.12.2005 at 22:56h

Incredible - the colour, closeness and the landscape enveloping the subject......

Renato T., 23.12.2005 at 18:17h

E' una documentazione "senza veli"...eccezionale!!!!!

Hellmut Erzigkeit, 25.12.2005 at 0:59h

again ... an excellent picture ... Rauls comments do exactly express what many of us are feeling!

Milan Bystron, 15.01.2006 at 14:18h

No comment ... perfect!

Ansgar Hillebrand, 31.01.2006 at 8:11h

Again and a again, lots of great pictures!!

With kind regards,

Miquel Manaut, 27.03.2006 at 14:16h

I like it very much. Great photo, with great colors

Pascal Viyer, 23.04.2006 at 13:06h

I believe, no, I sure I find a great reporter.
Oui, du grand et bon journalisme !

Sergi Mussull, 27.06.2006 at 16:19h

La foto es brutal, te molta força continguda en la mirada.

Bettina S., 25.07.2006 at 21:05h

das ist ja ein unglaublich beeindruckendes foto !!!
gratuliere !!!
lg bettina

Dey Boy, 28.07.2006 at 17:42h

Peace :)>- No War :-??

Wilhelm H., 27.04.2007 at 1:20h

extrodanary, dokumentary picture

Armin Leitner, 29.04.2007 at 4:31h he dreaming of spring flowers ?
Thanks for your comment abount Olympiapark at night.
Best personal regards, Armin

Giorgos Fidanas, 30.06.2007 at 9:29h

Bravo, Sergio. Bravo.

Paolo Cardone , 18.01.2008 at 17:15h

Ma che bella, complimenti Sergio!
Paolo Cardone

Francesco Della Santa, 17.03.2009 at 18:40h

inquietante nella solitudine del deserto ottima ripresa complimenti

Vincent Bourrelly, 16.05.2009 at 19:46h

Very good !!!

Alberto Angelici, 17.09.2009 at 17:56h

Il CETME è una versione spagnola del noto e collaudato Heckler & Kock mod. G3 tedesco a sua volta simile, almeno per certi versi, al FAL della belga FN. A quanto pare possiedi una specifica esperienza in campo armiero militare...
Bella immagine che ben esprime, oltre ad altre cose, la superiore risoluzione della slide rispetto al digitale. magnifici i colori e molto naturali.

Irmi K. 1965, 21.05.2011 at 16:09h

He looks determined. Good picture....

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