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

libya: after the revolution

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: August 2012

The last time TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev and I were in Libya together, we…

the syrian arms race

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: July 2012

In June 2012, while the fighting is ragging in Syria, Moscow organized the biennial…

on the trail with putin

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: March 2012

The grim factory towns of the Ural Mountains, such as the outpost of Kurgan…

egypt’s second revolution

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: November 2011

On the verge of parliamentary elections, rocks, teargas, firebombs and gunfire darkened the streets…

sochi: winter olympics

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: Dec. 2011 - Aug. 2012

Olympic Dreams: Will Sochi Rehabilitate Russia's Image?It would be so easy if it were…

the battle for tripoli

Yuri Kozyrev - August 2011

The Battle for Tripoli is part of Yuri Kozyrev's ongoing work following the start…

dispatch from yemen

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: May 2011

In May Yuri Kozyrev travelled once again to Yemen after his previous visit in…

dispatch from libya

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: March 2011

Call it the Jasmine Revolution, the Arab Spring or the Facebook Revolution, there’s a…

on revolution road – multimedia

Yuri Kozyrev - February 2011

Call it the Jasmine Revolution, the Arab Spring or the Facebook Revolution, a powerful…

could yemen be the next afghanistan?

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: Dec 2010

There is nothing new in the notion of Yemen as "the next Afghanistan"; this…

russia’s green exodus – solutions

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: October 2010

The Vissarion community, Abakan, Russia, 1996 and 1999.The Anastasia movement, Novosibirsk, Russia, October 2010.The…

going home

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: July 2010

No triumphant banner was unfurled on the bridge of an aircraft carrier as the…