To every great war, its photographer. Capa for the war in Spain, Griffiths for Vietnam… and Kozyrev for Iraq. Yuri Kozyrev has been covering this conflict for 6 years. Through its slightest twists and turns. In all its complexity. He tries to understand, to analyze, to choose and to reveal. But Yuri Kozyrev is frugal with his photos. His exhibitions are rare. His books even rarer. The publishing of this book for the exhibition of the 20th Anniversary of Visa is an extraordinary opportunity for us to see the work of this photographer who has been the most invested, both personally and professionally, in the Iraqi war.
Over a period of months and years, Yuri Kozyrev has seen this country brutally change. His first pictures were that of “normal” war. Over time, the people in his pictures have become more somber. The number of deaths and injured have increased, in the streets and in his photos. When we look closely at Yuri’s photos, we see the distress, the anxiety but above all, the fear. The fear that grips the women and men, whether Iraqis or Americans, having embarked on a war no one could control.
Text by: Lucas Menget