United States Agency for Global Media

Fallen Journalist Portrait Project

Nineteen USAGM journalists have lost their lives in the line of duty.

We have long honored these brave men and women by profiling them on our website, marking the anniversaries of their death on our social media accounts, and of course, on the fallen journalist memorial in USAGM headquarters in Washington, D.C. But we wanted to do more.

The Fallen Journalist Portrait Project capitalizes on the artistic talents of Digital Art Director Steve Fuchs, who is producing a portrait for each of the journalists who were killed simply for doing their job.

“I’ve chosen to be as eclectic as possible with the illustrations and approach them with a lot of different media, because each of these people, while they were all journalists, were very distinct and individual people,” said Fuchs. “I’m trying to make them as distinct as I can while staying true to their story.”

Videos of the creation of each portrait will be released on the anniversary of each journalist’s death.

Ricardo de Mello

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs charcoal, colored pencil, marker, and acrylic.

Abdul-Hussein Khazal

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs Crayola markers using the pointillism technique.

Khamail Muhsin Khalaf

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs cut paper.

Sabawoon Kakar, Abudullah Hananzai and Maharram Durrani

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs watercolors.

Nazar Abdulwahid Al-Radhi

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs the scratchboard technique.

Bashar Fahmi

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs acrylic and surrealism.

Georgi Markov

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs computer-generated, vibrant colors and hard-edged shapes reminiscent of 1960s Pop Art.

Leonid Karas

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs a digitally designed faux quilt.

Alisher Saipov

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs stencil graffiti.

Iskandar Khatloni

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs word cloud, photoshop, and hand drawing.

Ogulsapar Muradova

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs grid-based painting and digital art.

Mohammed Bdaiwi Owaid Al-Shammari

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs egg tempera and gesso on a wood panel.

Mohammad Ilyas Dayee

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs wet media drawing on watercolor paper with permanent inks.

Abdulrachmann Fatalibey

This installation in the Fallen Journalist Portrait Series employs the illustrative and narrative style of graphic novels.