French documentary photographer, born (1986) and raised in Paris, France.
Based in Athens, Greece.
Emilien Urbano's work is guided by a documentary approach where time is a key. He's worked for nearly two years on the activities and personalities of one of the most radical French far-right groups linked to Marine Le Pen's Front National- the Groupe Union Defense (GUD).
In 2012, having covered the struggles of refugees in Athens, he went to Syria, in the coastal region of Latakia, where he reported on the fight of FSA rebels against Al Assad's regime.
In 2013 he became head of UNESCO's Photography Department for a year, closely collaborating with the Chief of Protocol Section and the Directors-General Department.
Since the summer of 2014, he has been documenting the fight of various -mainly Kurdish- factions against ISIS, 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.
He has collaborated with periodicals, such as The Washington Post, Le Monde, M le Magazine du Monde, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, GQ magazine, Polka Magazine, Die Zeit, L’Espresso, Il Corriere della Sera.
Awarded by 73rd Pictures of the Year International( POYI ), General News, Award of Excellence, for « The Prisoners of Al-Malikiyah »,
In 2017, he was a finalist of the International Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Nominee for The HSBC International Prize for Photography and awarded with a Honorable Mentions by the Photographic Museum of Humanity (PHMuseum 2017 GRANT).
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 ).
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