Damir Sagolj was born on May 1971 in Sarajevo, then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, now Bosnia. In Sarajevo, Damir finished his primary school, started high school but after one year he is moving with his family to Moscow. Damir studied for three years at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute and then moved to Sarajevo’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering where he completed his course of studies in late 1991. During the Bosnian 1992-95 war, Damir stayed in besieged Sarajevo and
joined Bosnian army. At the end of the war, he was at Army’s propaganda division, based in Sarajevo. In 1995, after the country’s war ended, Damir started working for Paris based Sipa Press agency. In 1996 he joined Reuters as their Bosnian photographer. For Reuters, that remains Damir’s employer until today, he started travelling outside Bosnia to cover the conflicts in former Yugoslavia and Balkans. In the late nineties, Damir started going regularly to the Middle East to cover news stories there – he worked in Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan... After covering 9/11 in New York City, Damir covers fall of Taliban regime in Afghanistan and U.S. invasion in Iraq. Since the beginning of Iraq war in 2003, Damir returned there on numerous occasions, mostly embedded with U.S. military. In 2009 Damir moves to Thailand where he is based until today as Reuters senior photographer covering the major news stories in Asia, from Japan’s tsunami and Thailand’s civil conflict to Myanmar’s opening and North Korea hunger crisis. Damir won some of the most prestigious awards including the World Press Photo, POYi, NPPA, SOPA... His pictures are regularly publishe in world's leading newpapers and magazines. Between his assignments, Damir gives lectures and workshops. His work was exhibited on numerous occasions, including two solo shows at Perignan’s Visa pour l’image. Damir holds a master’s degree in photojournalism from the London College of Communications and currently lives with his long time partner Sanda Popovac in Bangkok.