Today, John Cantlie is best known for being a hostage of the terrorist group ISIS. But as the photos below show, he is also an extraordinary photojournalist. His images from the Libyan and Syrian civil wars are often beautiful, but also tell a story about the price of war — and the reasons people are willing to pay it.
Cantlie, who is British, was captured in November 2012 while traveling in Syria with American journalist James Foley. That was Cantlie's second abduction — had previously been kidnapped in July 2012, but was rescued a week later by members of the Free Syrian Army. ISIS has released four videos of Cantlie in which he is forced to deliver propaganda messages on-camera. The group has threatened to kill him. Cantlie is believed to be one of ISIS's two remaining Western hostages, along with an American woman whose name is not known. ISIS has murdered all of its other American and British hostages.
There is still hope that Cantlie could somehow make it home alive. But if he does not, these photos are a testament to his bravery in pursuing the stories that he wanted to tell, and his skill in telling them.