European Pressphoto Agency
January 17, 2011, in Tunis, Tunisia
Dolega, 32, died from head injuries suffered while covering the massive January 14 protests that led to the ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The photographer was struck in the head by a tear gas canister fired by security forces, according to news reports. He died "carrying out his passion and his job," his family said in a statement announcing his death.
Dolega began working for the European Pressphoto Agency in 2006, covering assignments as varied as armed conflict, arts, culture, politics, and sports. He was dispatched to Tunisia to cover the burgeoning civil unrest, EPA Deputy Editor-in-Chief Frank Bengfort told CPJ.
On its website, EPA published a collection of works by Dolega, along with a remembrance of the photographer: "Lucas walked into our Paris office in April 2006. A young man who above all wanted to become a photojournalist, Lucas' passion was the image. He was driven by his need to cover major conflicts. He grew in those four years to become a thorough professional. And he did so with a total sense of decency. Based in Paris, he also covered politics, protests, and fashion in Europe. In 2008 he covered the situation in the Congo."
Dolega believed that "the closer, the better," EPA said. "His last pictures, transmitted by his colleagues after his injury, make us proud, as does his entire body of work."
Medium: Print, Internet
Beats Covered: Politics
Local or Foreign: Foreign
Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire: Military Officials