Dado Ruvic

Dado Ruvic

Sarajevo, Bosnia
Doboj, Bosnia
“When you see mass graves and bones being identified, it’s hard to take pictures and remain unmoved.”


I normally cover features and news events.

One Shot

. POTOCARI, Bosnia and Herzegovina. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
Lightning flashes during a storm over the Memorial Center in Potocari, near Srebrenica, the night before a mass burial of recently identified victims of the Srebrenica massacre.
“To me, this photo shows the anger of God. It started a few hours before 520 people, victims of the Srebrenica massacre, were buried in one day.”


I learnt to take pictures with help from local photographers, by surfing the internet and by looking at Reuters photos.

I bought my first camera six years ago, so I don’t have that many old memories of it!

I got my first assignment when a big mining accident killed two miners in the town of Zenica. I had to be on the scene quickly, and I also had to take good pictures. I remember I didn’t have a car or any nice photography equipment, but in the end everything turned out fine and I got a great image.

The assignment that left the biggest mark on me was definitely a story about the Srebrenica massacre, in which thousands of people died. Contact with people who survived the massacre is not easy; everything is tinged with tears, pain, suffering and great sadness. When you see mass graves and bones being identified, it’s hard to take pictures and remain unmoved.

The thought of my audience appreciating my work pushes me forward to continue doing my job.

I have great respect for Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj, a man whose photos taught me a lot, who has a unique style and whose images hardly anyone could replicate. I also admire Reuters photographer Goran Tomasevic, whose courage is unlimited, and whose war photographs make me feel that I am witnessing history.

I also truly respect my boss, Pawel Kopczynski, a man with great ideas, who gives me a lot of support. I am very grateful to him for everything.