Photographer’s shot from Alnahdi memorial service earns award
January 27, 2017
A University of
Wisconsin-Stout photographer has been honored for capturing the essence of an
emotional event with one powerful image.
Brett T. Roseman
received a 2016 Libris Iconic Image Award for his photo of UW-Stout student
Omar Alkohmos, of Saudi Arabia. Alkohmos used his head scarf to wipe away tears
during a Nov. 3 memorial service for fellow Saudi student Hussain Alnahdi, who
died several days earlier after being attacked on a downtown street.
16 images “that capture the spirit of 2016: groundbreaking political campaigns,
record-breaking victories, breathtaking landscapes and more. These 16 images
beat out nearly 200 submissions from brands of all sizes and industries,” a
Libris news release said.
uses PhotoShelter to manage, store and share university photos and video.
at PhotoShelter, we are fortunate to work with thousands of the world’s best
visual storytellers,” PhotoShelter CEO Andrew Fingerman said. “We get to see
unbelievable photos and videos every day. And when we asked our Libris clients
to submit images for this book, we were blown away.”
award-winning images, including one of the Chicago Cubs celebrating after
winning the World Series and another of President Obama and Hillary Clinton, can
be seen here.
likes the photo for several reasons. “What stands out most is that Omar is using his keffiyeh (head scarf) to wipe
away his tears,” Roseman said.
a unique and unexpected moment that I think makes this image beautiful and
visually more interesting and emotionally impactful than the typical reaction
or tear-wiping moment I’m used to seeing at memorial services.”
Alkohmos in the photo is Tommy Hutson, a UW-Stout student from Chippewa Falls
and one of Alnahdi’s roommates and best friends.
appreciate the diversity represented in the photo that helps show the large
impact Hussain Alnahdi’s tragic death has had on not only international
students but also on American students and the broader campus and Menomonie
communities as well,” Roseman added.
was photographing the dusk outdoor memorial service, attended by an estimated
1,000 people, from a variety of angles when he began to look for “emotional
moments that would likely enhance or even best tell the story,” he said.
From a distance with a telephoto
lens, Roseman had seen Alkohmos, one of the speakers at the ceremony, wipe away
tears and thought he’d missed the shot. He anticipated that Alkohmos might do
happened once more, and I got it,” he said.
very patient in my job because it does involve a lot of watching and waiting —
waiting for the absolute right moment to trip the camera’s shutter at the exact
time the perfect moment happens. More importantly, I try to anticipate moments
well because, more often than not, once you ‘see’ a moment happen you've likely
already missed it,” Roseman said.
has worked for UW-Stout since 2014. He has 18 years of professional
photojournalism experience, including most recently 10 years at the Chicago
Sun-Times. His work has received more than 50 prestigious awards, including
being named a Chicago Journalist of the Year by the Chicago Journalists
Association in September 2013. He also taught a photojournalism course last
fall at UW-Stout.
Alkohmos, a student from Saudi Arabia, wipes away tears during a memorial
service Nov. 3 at UW-Stout for his friend Hussain Alnahdi. University
photographer Brett T. Roseman received a 2016 Libris Iconic Image Award for the