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

the presumption of guilt

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: may 2010

On 29 March in the year 2010, two female suicide bombers attacked the Russian…

iraq 2003-2010

Yuri Kozyrev - 2003-2010

While Saddam Hussein’s regime was quickly removed, many major obstacles remained and securing peace…

dzerzhinsk – consequences

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: December 2009

Environmentalists such as Greenpeace say Dzerzhinsk, 450 kilometres east of Moscow, is the most…

yamal peninsula – consequences

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: Sept-Oct 2009

It is one of the world's last great wildernesses, a 435-mile long peninsula of…

the yamal peninsula – multimedia

Yuri Kozyrev - October 2009

Karabash, in the Chelyabinskaya region of the southern Ural Mountains in Russia, is burdened…

the blackest spot on earth: karabash – consequences

Yuri Kozyrev - Series Captured: October 2009

The project focuses on Karabash and other poisoned cities of the Soviet-era industrial belt…

crimea soviet nostalgia

Yuri Kozyrev - August 2009

The Republic of Crimea, a part of Ukraine, lies on a peninsula stretching out…


Yuri Kozyrev - May 2009

The rugged border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan is still under frequent Taliban attacks.…

camp bucca / cropper

Yuri Kozyrev - April 2009

Thousands of Iraqis held without charge by the United States on suspicion of links…

beyond iraq – multimedia

Yuri Kozyrev - March 2009

Photographs of the Iraq War taken over a period of six years by Yuri…

a fragile normalcy

Yuri Kozyrev - December 2008

Daily life in Baghdad and elsewhere has regained a semblance of normalcy; however, bloodshed…

ossetia conflict

Yuri Kozyrev - August 2008

On August 7, 2008, Georgian tanks entered Tskhinvali, capital of the breakaway region of…