David Mdzinarishvili

David Mdzinarishvili

Based
Tbilisi, Georgia
Born
Tbilisi, Georgia
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 1D Mark IV
“I respect people who are true professionals and who devote themselves to their job.”

Beat

I cover political events, demonstrations, riots and soccer matches around the south Caucasus region.

One Shot

. GORI, Georgia. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
An injured woman shouts in the Georgian town of Gori after a Russian warplane dropped a bomb on an apartment block there, killing at least 5 people.
“This picture was taken during the 2008 Georgia-Russia war, just minutes after the town of Gori was bombed by Russian military jets. This image was printed in a lot of newspapers and magazines worldwide and I think that, in a way, it helped shift public opinion. It’s an image that I believe will never disappear from my memory.”

Profile

My earliest memories of photography are pictures that I took of my classmates when I was 11 years old, which I developed and printed by myself. I was very happy with the result.

I’m a self-taught photographer. I learnt a lot from my more experienced colleagues at a local newspaper and a news agency where I worked at the end of the 90s. At the time, there wasn’t a photography school in Georgia.

My first assignment for Reuters was covering Pope John Paul II’s visit to Georgia. I was nervous, of course, because it was my first assignment and I knew the decision about whether I would carry on working for Reuters would be dependent on how successful my coverage was. In addition, any visit by the Pope excites a lot of interest worldwide. But in the end the editors liked my work and it was especially nice to see one of my pictures on the front page of a Russian newspaper the next day.

When I think of assignments that left a big mark on me, the first story that immediately comes to my mind is the war between Georgia and Russia in August 2008. It was not just a military conflict that I covered as a journalist. It was a war in my own country and it was quite difficult sometimes to manage my emotions and keep calm taking photos.

I love it when events develop rapidly, and I like thinking we tell people important stories.

I respect people who are true professionals and who devote themselves to their job.

Behind the Scenes

. Kutaisi, Georgia
Reuters Photographer David Mdzinarishvili runs to cover the first session of the new parliament in Kutaisi, Georgia
. Aragvi, Georgia
Mdzinarishvili shoots pictures of a mass baptism ceremony in the river of Aragvi outside Tbilisi, Georgia.