International Women’s Day 2021

Celebrating International Women's Day 2021, Iconic Images takes a look at one of Tom Stoddart's most iconic photographs which was also used for the cover of his 2020 book, "Extraordinary Women: Images of Courage, Endurance & Defiance".

Meliha Varesanovic

Head held high, walking with dignity, Meliha Varesanovic defies Bosnian Serb sniper bullets and mortar fire in high heels, pearls and a smart floral dress in the Dobrinja neighbourhood of Sarajevo, June 1995. During the siege of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina more than 10,600 people were killed and 56,000 wounded, many maimed or invalided for life. “I didn’t carry weapons but I did fight – with my defiance, my dignity, my refusal to run – with all these things I fought. My behaviour and way of dressing was my way of saying to the gunmen ‘You will never win!’”

This iconic photograph is available to purchase as a limited edition, fine-art print from the Iconic Images Store.

The image is available in several sizes and is signed and numbered by the photographer.

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