Ronaldo Schemidt felt the heat of the flames first. Grabbing his camera, the Agence France Presse (AFP) photographer turned around and saw him: 28-year-old José Víctor Salazar Balza ablaze amid riots in Venezuela.
"It all took just a few seconds, so I didn't know what I was shooting," Schemidt later recalled to the British Journal of Photography. "I was moved by instinct, it was very quick. I didn't stop shooting until I realized what was going on. There was somebody on fire running towards me."
That image from May 3, 2017 — referred to colloquially as "Burning Man" — quickly became emblematic of the protests against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. And on Thursday, the picture was awarded the prestigious prize of World Press Photo of the Year.
The image of Salazar — who survived his first- and second-degree burns — is just one of hundreds Schemidt has captured of the protests in his home country of Venezuela. (The one above, taken earlier on May 1, 2017, shows a masked protestor protected behind a makeshift barricade.)
Born in Caracas in 1971, Schemidt later moved to Mexico to pursue a career in photography. Based in Mexico City, he's photographed events both big (the death of Hugo Chavez) and small (a local artisan's guitar-making). Take a look at some of his most memorable shots.
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