Emilien Urbano is a French-Italian documentary photographer born and raised in Paris, France. His work is guided by a slow-journalism approach where time is a key.
Since 2014, he has been documenting the fight of various -mainly Kurdish- factions against the Islamic State organisation, in Northern Iraq and Syria, as well as the war between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) in South-East Turkey.
As a photographer he is interested in issues of identity and belonging, the Memory of the Violence.
Alongside commissioned work Emilien focuses on various long term projects, such as War of a Forgotten Nation – an on going photo essay looking at how the hopes, dreams, and struggle of the Kurdish people spread across conflict zones in Middle East affect the birth of a new nation: Kurdistan.
He has collaborated with periodicals, such as The Washington Post, Le Monde , Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur, Die Zeit, GQ Magazine, Il Corriere della Sera, L’Espresso among others.
Awarded by 73rd Pictures of the Year International( POYI ), General News, Award of Excellence, for The Prisoners of Al-Malikiyah.
He was a Nominee for The HSBC Prize for Photography and finalist of the International Leica Oskar Barnack Award, and granted with a Honorable Mention for the PHMuseum Grant 2017.
2017 - International Leica Oskar Barnack Award, 2017 - HSBC International Prize for Photography, 2017 - Photographic Museum of Humanity (PHM 2017 GRANT)., 2016 - 73rd Pictures of the Year International ( POYI )., 2018 - Prix Levallois for Photography
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