IN FOCUS: JONATHAN ALPEYRIE

Jonathan Alpeyrie’s career spans over two decades, has brought him to 35 countries, and has covered 14 conflict zone assignments, in the Middle East and North Africa, the South Caucasus, Europe, North America, and Central Asia.

Born in Paris in 1979, Jonathan Alpeyrie moved to the United States in 1993. He graduated from the Lycée Français de New York in 1998 and went on to study medieval history at the University of Chicago, from which he graduated in 2003. Alpeyrie started his career shooting for local Chicago newspapers during his undergraduate years. He spent a month driving across the country to create my first photo essay like a professional. The essay focused on the remnant of the Communist era heavy industry. His driver at the time took him to all the major industrial sites, visiting abandoned factories and taking photographs of what once was. The decaying infrastructure was a fascinating reminder of a collapsed system barely 10 years prior.

May 16, 2021 – La Joya, Texas, USA. La Joya has become a new hot bed of passing migrants trying their luck in entering the USA. Strong Border Patrol and local police as well as national guard units are present all along the area in order to arrest as many as possible. ©Jonathan Alpeyrie

After graduating from the University of Chicago in the spring of 2003, Jonathan was sent off to start his first dangerous photo essay which he hoped at the time would help me further to launch his career as a photojournalist. He spent over a month covering gang activity in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa. With the photo essay completed, he returned home and was quickly picked up by Getty images for the reportage section after it was noticed by some editors at the NYC office. 2004, was a watermark year for Jonathan as he started covering wars that very same year, from West Africa to the Caucasus, all for Getty Images. 

March 25, 2017, West Mosul, Northern Iraq. A son is crying over the dead body of his father after he was killed after a car bomb blew up on the street. A massive car bomb sent by ISIS has targeted an Iraqi army controlled street on the front lines, destroyed a few humvees, and killing a local civilian who was delivering water to his family. ISIS units has been using car bombs to destroy Iraqi army units and defensive positions, however, civilians usually pay the price of such attacks. ©Jonathan Alpeyrie

I became a war photographer in order to immerse myself into historical situations to then report them back to the public. Cut and dry

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With almost a decade of experience behind him and half a dozen wars under my belt, Jonathan decided to go on his own and leave the agency business partially behind. Dealing directly with his own clients while still working for various photo agencies, he started covering wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, furthering his resume as a war photographer. A year later, the Arab Spring launched a new phase in his career. 
With the various conflicts erupting all around the Middle East, Syria started to attract war reporters from all over the world interested in covering this new hot conflict. After two trips to the war-torn country in 2012, Jonathan decided to return in 2013. It happened after he was kidnapped for three months by Islamic rebels.

May 4, 2017 – Northern Mosul, Iraq. The 9th division of the Iraqi army is launching a new operation to relieve pressure on the Federal police in Southern Mosul after suffering multiple setbacks from constant Daesh counter attacks. This new offensive is meant to end all ISIS resistance inside the city, which would free the remainder of the areas still controlled by ISIS fighters. Severe resistance is causing significant casualties amongst Iraqi ranks. ©Jonathan Alpeyrie

March 6, 2022 – Irpyn, Municipality of Kiev, Ukraine. Some civilians have remained on the other side of the river and still trying to escape towards Kiev and seek for safety. Russian forces North West of Kiev are slowly closing in on the Ukrainian capital trying to push South and enter the city. The Ukrainian army is so far is resisting the Russian onslaught and causing significant casualties and delays to the advancing Russian troops. ©Jonathan Alpeyrie

By 2014, right after his release from Syria, he embarked on another voyage, this time into Slavic land to start covering the new hot war: Ukraine. After almost 14 months of coverage, he was injured during a gun battle in Mariupol. 

February 6, 2015, Debalteve, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. A lone woman is standing in front of the bombed out house. Thousands of civilians are still trapped inside the besieged city of Debaltseve. The rail way hub has been hotly contested by both pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces, where hundreds of civilians are soldiers have died since the battle stated 10 days ago. Each day volunteers form all over Ukraine risk their lives to go inside the city to provide with food to the remaining locals still inside the town as artillery fire from both sides rains down in and around the city. ©Jonathan Alpeyrie

That year his career took another turn as he almost permanently stopped working for agencies and focused on some of his big clients like Vanity Fair, CNN, and others, which, interestingly was a reminiscence of the earlier part of his career when he was solely doing photo essays and almost no news. He focused on personal projects which took him closer to a region a new from his previous travels like Mexico and Central America while keeping an eye on South America.

September 9, 2022 – Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador. With the ramping up of the drug war in Ecuador, the small South American nation has become one of the major passing point of drug and arms smuggling of the Southern Continent. Indeed, most of the illecit drug trade has its starting point in Peru where the Cocaine is being produce then shipped through Ecuador, then Colombia for refining. The Ecuadorian authorities hare struggling to keep up with the violence the trade induces. ©Jonathan Alpeyrie

After a hiatus from covering wars, he went to Iraq to cover the battle of Mosul in 2017, and took another break from war in 2018, except for some time spent on the front lines in Ukraine, he decided to focus on the drug wars in South America, and more specifically in Brazil. Covid19 cut short his project and focused on the pandemic with an exception: the war in Armenia at the end of 2020. 

The War in Ukraine since 2014 never ended but rather was in a state of hiatus with more upsurge of fighting once in a while. February 2022, with the Russian invasion of its neighbor, has had everyone surprised by the scale of its aggression. When the fighting erupted he was in Mexico shooting a story on the drug war, as soon as his assignment ended he departed for the front in Central Ukraine. He spent a month covering the war between the two Slavic nations. Once more, he was drawn back into a conflict. 

With the ongoing drug war tearing apart Mexico, it’s Northern boder with the USA has been for decades now a strategic location in order to pass drugs and migrants into the USA, making the area a highly lucrative spot in Tijuana, Baja California , Mexico, March 27, 2023. In recent years, Tijuans has been prone to intense violence between various drug cartels and the government, seeing at some point up to 10 murders each day, making Tijuana one of the most dangerous cities in the Americas. Photographer: ©Jonathan Alpeyrie

May 22, 2019 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An operation is under way to capture and kill drug dealers operating ner the police station. A unit of the famous UPP police unit is operating in one of the most dangerous favela of Rio. Clashes errupt on a daily basis between the military police and drug gangs. Rio Police suffers about 200 killed each year in the hands of the various armes gangs populating the favelas. ©Jonathan Alpeyrie

Alpeyrie has worked as a freelancer for various publications and websites, such as the Sunday Times, Le Figaro Magazine, ELLE, American Photo, GLAMOUR, Aftenposten, Le Monde, & bbc among others. Jonathan Alpeyrie’s career spans over a decade, and has brought him to over 36 countries, covered 14 conflict zones assignments, in the Middle East and North Africa, the South Caucasus, Europe, North America and Central Asia. A future photography book about wwii. Veterans with verve editions are in the works.

Alpeyrie has been published in magazines such as: Paris Match, aftenposten, times (Europe), Newsweek, Wine Spectator, Boston Globe, glamour, bbc, vsd, Le Monde, newsweek, Popular Photography, Vanity Fair, La Stampa, cnn, and Bild Zeit, elle Magazine, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, marie claire, The Guardian, The Atlantic.

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Young girl after school.
Photo taken in Kenya, 2019. In many places, when Christmas holidays are over, girls are back to their homework routines, classes, and perhaps midterm exams.  In some Kenyan villages, girls aged between 9-17 years old returning to school after the Christmas break means that they will be subjected to pregnancy tests and examined for female genital mutilation – FGM – by trained medical professionals in local schools and clinics. The tests have been put in place as many girls are forced to undergo FGM during the Christmas vacation, and pregnancies following it are not uncommon.

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Celebration day.
Photo taken in Senegal, 2016. This woman lives in the Ossouye, a small village in the Casamance, Senegal’s south. On this day, new young men circumcisions were taking place and women were out dressed up in their best outfits.

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Bedik woman.
Photo taken in Senegal 2016. The Bedik tribe lives in the south-eastern corner of Senegal, near the Guinean border and close to the headwaters of the Gambia River. They arrived at different times between the 11th and 19th centuries. The area remains remote and many of the cultural adaptations of the people, including their agro-pastoral, social, ritual and spiritual practices persist to this day.

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Traditional celebration.
Photo taken in Senegal 2017. Male circumcision is one of the oldest and most widespread surgical procedures in the world performed in pre-pubertal boys, adolescents or adults. In Senegal, male circumcision is considered essential for becoming a full member of society and it is a major festivity across the community with big celebrations for which men wear their traditional outfits.

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Boats of shame. Photo taken in Canary islands, Spain, in 2021. In 2020/21, around 45,000 illegal immigrants from West Africa arrived by boat to the Canary Islands (Spain, EU). This route is the deadliest migratory path: 1 out of 20 migrants dies on the attempt to reach European soil. Poorly equipped boats travel distances of up to 1,500 kms. The engines break often, leaving the passengers adrift for days or weeks in which food and water run out. Frequently the occupants die during the crossing. Those who remain alive throw the corpses into the ocean to save on fuel. Ports on the Canary Islands are these days plagued with hundreds of these abandoned boats.

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Maria Tomas Rodriguez
Maria Tomas-Rodriguez is a Spanish born photographer living in UK for the last 22 years. Her photography work has always been black and white social – documentary photography, although recently, with the pandemic and domestic lockdown, she started exploring colour photography. Maria combines her current university academic job with her interest in photography and travelling for documenting social matters and people’s cultures & traditions. She collaborates on regular basis with Baolar, a charity based in Senegal as an active member and photographer. Her major photography work concerns the modern-slavery conditions of children and the harsh working conditions of fishermen, both works in Senegal. She also has documented the Afar salt miners work in Ethiopia just a few months before the war started in the Eritrean border.
Her main interest is to contribute to raise awareness on injustices and social inequalities. Some of her work has been published in UK online magazines and Spanish local newspapers. In parallel to her interest in documentary photography, she is very keen on water sports and has
developed a still ongoing portfolio on wind and water sports, attending major championships and documenting the training of professionals of these sports. Her work has been recognized at several international photography awards and exhibited in the last
years, both individual and group exhibitions.
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Children in the camp don’t have toys to play like most other children outside the refugee camp

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We don’t have any ambulances and during an emergency we need to walk to the nearest primary level hospital, which is very far from the camp.

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Conflagrations are common in the camp. In one of these events a mother was separated from her son in the ensuing chaos. They were reunited a day later.

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Mohammed Salim Khan
Mohammed Salim Khan, I am a 28 years old photographer. My family became refugees and fled from Myanmar in 1991. I grew up in Kutupalong refugee Camp in Bangladesh. I am a person, who has never ever seen his own country and home village. I have been capturing lives and emotions of my community who has been fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar for decades and now are dispersed in refugee camps.
My photos have been published in several Bangladeshi and international media, including The Guardian, The Independent, ABC news, Reuters, Al Jazeera, NPR, The Washington Post, AFP, South China Morning Post to name a few, as well as been presented in many international exhibitions in Italy, Japan, and the UK, including featured in the Oxford Human Rights Festival, UK

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Semiramis
Like Beirut itself, the Semiramis building is falling into ruin. Built in the 1960s, it was a luxury building decorated with rich mosaics and statues of lions at the entrance. It used to host rich tourists from the Gulf in furnished flats. Today, the owners no longer want to maintain it. With the soaring devaluation of the Lebanese pound (which has lost 98% of its value in three years), they are now only receiving symbolic rents. They are therefore trying to evict the current tenants in order to resell the building or destroy it.

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Like Beirut itself, the Semiramis building is falling into ruin. Built in the 1960s, it was a luxury building decorated with rich mosaics and statues of lions at the entrance. It used to host rich tourists from the Gulf in furnished flats. Today, the owners no longer want to maintain it. With the soaring devaluation of the Lebanese pound (which has lost 98% of its value in three years), they are now only receiving symbolic rents. They are therefore trying to evict the current tenants in order to resell the building or destroy it.

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Ségolène Ragu is a French-Lebanese photojournalist based between Paris and Beirut. After a professional experience in cultural desk research and audiovisual, she completed a training course in documentary photojournalism at EMI-CFD in Paris. Since then, she has been documenting the consequences of the economic, political, and social crisis in Lebanon through personal projects and assignments.

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