TIFA 2022 Editorial / Conflict

The Kid of Mosul

  • Prize
    Bronze in Editorial/Conflict
  • Photographer
    Antonio Denti
  • Technical Info
    Shot On I Phone 11 - 1/120, F/2.4; Iso 32...focal Lenght 1.54mm (in 35mm:14mm)
  • Photo Date
    March 7, 2021

Mosul, Iraq. The soldier moved towards the kid suddenly and unexpectedly. His hand reached for the kid's face. For a brief moment. I could not see the soldier's face - as not one inch of his skin was left uncovered by his full armor - but I felt he meant it with some kind of melancholic affection: like older people sometimes do to the young, with a mixture of worry about their future and desire to encourage them. In that instant, against the silence of the gutted city, I felt I could almost hear the noise of the herculean effort of growing up.