October 10th, 2011

Yuri Kozyrev Wins 2 Prix Bayeux-Calvados Awards for Libya Coverage

© Yuri Kozyrev/Noor for Time. Above: A rebel prays on the battlefield,

Photographer Yuri Kozyrev, who covered the conflict in Libya for Time magazine,  won the Photo Trophy and the Public Prize for photography at the Priz Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondents de Guerre, a four-day festival devoted to war reporting, which takes place in Bayeux, France. The Photo Trophy, sponsored by Nikon, comes with a 7,000 Euro prize; the Public Prize, sponsored by the town of Bayeux, includes a 3,000 Euro prize.

Other awards given at the Prix Bayeux-Calvados, which took place October 5-8, including awards for radio, television, Web and print journalists. More than 40 jurors judged the competition, including photographers Jerome Delay, Karim Ben Khelifa, Laurent Van Der Stokt, Wilfrid Esteve,  agent Robert Pledge of Contact Press Images.

Kozyrev, a member of Noor Images, covered the escalating conflict between rebels opposed to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafy and the Libyan army for Time in February and March, and again in August as rebels closed in on the country’s capital, Tripoli.  He has also photographed in Yemen, Egypt and Bahrain since the start of the Arab spring. In September, Kozyrev was awarded the Visa D’Or prize for news photography at the Visa Pour L’Image festival in Perpignan, France.

March 18th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: Eugene Richards Interview on Time’s New Photo Blog

This week, Time magazine unveiled its new photo blog, Lightbox. Edited by the magazine’s photo editors,  Lightbox highlights work by Time photographers, showcases  unseen wire images and gallery shows, and profiles photographers. In a video interview with Lightbox, documentary photographer Eugene Richards talks about the subjects of his award-winning book, War Is Personal, about 15 people whose lives are forever changed by the Iraq War.

During the interview, Richards discusses what is probably the most widely seen and startling image in the book, a photo of Nelida Bagley, 54, hoisting her son, Jose, from his hospital bed. Jose lost 40 percent of his brain when a grenade exploded in his Humvee while on tour of duty in Iraq. Richards says he was impressed by Nelida’s strength and ability to lift her tall son “as if he were a baby.”  In the photo, taken from behind Jose, his indented cranium is clearly visible, as is Nelida’s face as she hugs her arms around her son’s torso.  “I was trying hard not to make the injury appalling,” says Richards. But he notes that when most people see the photo, “They don’t necessarily see Nellie.”