Yuri Kozyrev

Yuri Kozyrev

As a photojournalist for the past 25 years, Yuri Kozyrev (Russia, 1963) has witnessed many world-changing events.

He started his career documenting the collapse of the Soviet Union, the last empire of our modern times, capturing the rapid changes in the former USSR for the LA Times during the 90’s. In 2001, Yuri started to cover international news. He was on the scene in Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, and lived in Baghdad, Iraq, between 2002 and 2009, arriving before the war. During those Iraqi years, he was a contract photographer for Time Magazine and traveled all over the country, photographing the different sides of the conflict.

Since the beginning of 2011, Yuri has been documenting the uprisings and their aftermaths in Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia and especially Egypt and Libya.

Yuri has received numerous honors for his photography, including several World Press Photo Awards, the OPC’s Oliver Rebbot Award, and the ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism and in 2008 he received the Frontline Club Award for his extensive coverage of the Iraq war.

His extensive body of work documenting the “Arab Revolutions” received wide industry recognition. “On Revolution Road” - on the revolts in Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya made for Time magazine - won the 2011 Visa d'or News at the international festival of photojournalism Visa pour l'Image. At the Prix Bayeux-Calvados his work “Dispatch from Libya” won both the Trophee and the Public Prize. In 2012 his work was awarded at the World Press Photo Contest and he was named the 2011 Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International competition.

Yuri’s work has been widely exhibited. Some of his more recent exhibitions are “Russie[s]”,a unique showcase of work from Russia, exhibited together with Stanley Greene in Paris at La Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau and the group exhibition "Révolutions Arabes" curated by Alain Mingam. Between 2011 and 2012, his work “On Revolution Road” has been shown in ten different countries.


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  • RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11: Rebels flee under fire from the Libyan army

another frozen zone?

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The conflict in eastern Ukraine has claimed the lives of nearly 8,000 people since…

a mass migration crisis

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We are witnessing the largest movement of people since the Second World War. Although…

“an expedition of the curious”

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It is not the North Korean story, but simply a North Korean story. I…

preparing for perestroika?

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Cuba: poor,  beautiful, loud, and above all, full of people who are very proud to…

syria conflict: government troops retake homs old city

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Rebel fighters had completed their withdrawal from the central city of Homs, according to…

sochi, russia

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: 10/2013 - 12/2013

The 2014 Winter Olympics take place in the city of Sochi, Russia on the…

pussy riot – life after prison

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Nazdezhda Toloknnikova and Maria Alekhina were imprisoned for 21 months for crimes of hooliganism…

kiev uprising

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: Dec 2013

Since November 2013, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian protesters have taken over Kiev's Independence Square and…

hidden treasure in the afghan soil

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: May 2013

As Afghanistan is trying to make its transition out of war, the situation in…

egypt’s revolutionary coup

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: Jul 2013

On July 3rd 2013 the Egyptian military, backed by crowds in Tahrir Square, removed …

far east russia

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: Jul 2012

Kamchatka peninsula, Sakhalin island and Primorye region are Russia’s most famous nowhere, the wild…

pull out from afghanistan

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: January 2013

Less than a month after 9/11, the US organized a coalition of armed forces…