Bénédicte Kurzen

Bénédicte Kurzen talked with Photo Raw about the myth or the war photographer at the 2012 Visa pour l’Image international festival of photojournalism.

For the past ten years, Bénédicte has been covering conflicts and socio-economical changes in Africa. In South Africa, where she was based, she explored some of the deepest social challenges of the post-apartheid society producing “Next of Kin”, “The Boers Last Stand” and “Amaqabane”, on the life of former anti-apartheid combatants. The latest was produced for prestigious World Press Joop Swart Masterclass 2008. In 2011, she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center, which allowed her to produce a body of work on Nigeria, “A Nation Lost to Gods”. Her work has been screened and exhibited at Visa pour l’Image and was nominated for the Visa d’Or in 2012.

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Bénédicte Kurzen is a French documentary photographer living in South Africa. She graduated from Sorbonne, majoring in Contemporary History. Kurzen has worked extensively in Africa as well as Israel, Gaza, Iraq and Lebanon. Her work has been published by New Yorker, Harpers, TIME, the New York Times, Newsweek, Paris Match and Stern, among others. She is an associate member of NOOR photo agency.

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