AP taps two chief photographers

The Associated Press just appointed two chief photographers for its foreign bureaus: award-winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen is named chief photographer for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan while Natacha Pisarenko is named chief photographer for the Southern Cone countries of Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile.

A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, Muheisen will take the lead on several projects across the Middle East. He most recently served as the AP's chief photographer for Pakistan, based in Islamabad.

"So proud of @Muheisen81 named chief Mideast photog for @AP. He was a wee string bean when I first met him," shares Vocativ's Jamie Tarabay, adding the hashtag #rockstar.

Senior media relations manager Erin Madigan White chimes in, "Could not agree more. 'You just want to frame @Muheisen81’s best work and put it on a wall,' said @PhillipsIan."

Meanwhile, Pisarenko will lead a team of photographers across the four countries in the Cone region. She has been acting chief photographer for that area since last year.

Former AP staffer Sally Stapleton responds to the news, "Congratulations to the very talented @npisarenko."

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