Sebastian Rich has been a photographer /cameraman in hard news, documentary and current affairs all his working life. He joined Independent Television News (UK) in 1980 and developed a gift for being in the right place at the right time on some of the world’s biggest breaking news stories; he gained a reputation, not just as an uncompromising cameraman in the theatre of war, but also as an insightful and highly talented photographer.
Jon Snow, the highly regarded British television journalist, describes Sebastian as “Probably the finest news cameraman and photographer of his time… his camera work is amongst the most sensitive I have ever witnessed.”
NBC News calls Sebastian “The consummate professional, a seasoned veteran combat photographer."
He also recently received high acclaim and an award from the ‘Rory Peck Foundation’ for his work with U.S. Marine bomb disposal teams in Afghanistan.
Sebastian was honoured with the prestigious Royal Television Society’s Cameraman of the Year award for his dramatic pictures of war and famine throughout Africa. During his career Sebastian has filmed and photographed every major war and conflict: El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Lebanon, The Gulf, Bosnia, Palestine, Iraq. He has been wounded several times and was kidnapped and held hostage while on assignment in Beirut.
One of the characteristics of Sebastian’s work is the poignant images of suffering children worldwide that he portrays most vividly in his footage and photographs. He left ITN in 1993 to pursue a freelance career as a photographer /cameraman, dividing his time between international television networks, independent film productions and print media. Sebastian is a favoured cameraman/ photographer with the French NGO Medicins Sans Frontiers, Save the Children, World Wildlife Foundation and United Nations Agencies, predominantly UNICEF/UNHCR. During the war in Iraq Sebastian was ‘embedded’ with the 2nd Battalion 8th Marines (USMC) a.k.a. ‘America’s Battalion” for the entire duration of hostilities. Sebastian is still documenting for numerous clients the subsequent ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The United States Marine Corps gave Sebastian an honourable 'Mention in Dispatches’ for
“An outstanding cool head under fire,” and awarded him a ‘Combat Citation’.
Sebastian has just finished his second book 'Where Fools Rush In' ( The Death of News).