Yuri Kozyrev

Yuri Kozyrev

As a photojournalist for the past 25 years, Yuri Kozyrev (Russia) 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 “Arab Revolutions” and their aftermaths in Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia and specially 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. 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. In 2014, Yuri covered the conflict in eastern Ukraine and in 2015 the migrant crisis in Europe.


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the youth of russia

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A generation born under Vladimir PutinStop by any classroom or college in Russia, and…

Planet Kolyma

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Land of gold and land of death The 2000 km-long M56 Kolyma Highway in the…

the numto nature preserve

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The oil company Surgutneftegas already extracts oil from the park but now they want…

mount athos, all-male orthodox enclave

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For the past thousand years or so, a community of Eastern Orthodox monks has…

the other iraq

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Iraq’s Kurds are independent in all but name.  Technically, Kurdistan is inside Iraq but the…

Yakutian Hollywood

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During the last decade, Sakha Republic (Yakutia) has witnessed a phenomena now called "Yakutian…

refugees in germany

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Germany is straining to cope with the 1 million refugees who have arrived in…

a mass migration crisis

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

another frozen zone?

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

preparing for perestroika?

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

“an expedition of the curious”

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

pussy riot – life after prison

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