Rafael Yaghobzadeh


Born in 1991, Rafael Yaghobzadeh began photography in 2002, while still following his school curriculum, covering current affairs in France. Interested in the political, economic and social issues that surround him, he studied History at Paris-1 La Sorbonne. In 2011, he photographed the Arab revolutions before covering popular uprisings and other conflicts in Europe and the Middle East. Three years later, he began work on the refugee situation in Calais, Paris and on the Balkan route. From 2014 to 2019, Rafael documents the situation in Ukraine and the many facets of its society, from the revolution in Kiev – to the referendum in Crimea – to the war in the Donbass. From 2015 to the present day, he has been documenting Armenian society. In 2019, he begins a personal project in Lebanon. In October 2020, he and his colleague from Le Monde are injured in a bombing during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. In 2022, he covers the Russian invasion of Ukraine from day one for the French newspaper Libération, then continues to follow the situation for the newspaper. Le Monde. His work has been published in International press, as well as exhibited and awarded prizes. He is the author of several books, including UKraïna (CDP, 2017), Territory (Editions Nuit Noire, 2021).

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