WRFP : A groundglass view
The project, War Reporters For Peace (WRFP) began in 2016 at the Visa Pour L'Image photography festival in Perpignan, France. The goal of WRFP is to understand "the value of peace through the eyes of the ones who witness the fall in war all around the world". The project comprises of a wet plate collodion portrait series and video interviews of some of the world's most acclaimed and reputable conflict photographers..
WRFP was created by the French photographer Melanie-Jane Frey and assisted by Angélique De Place, Analía Cid, João Bolan and Medi Musso.
The pictures displayed below show the view of the groundglass viewfinder located at the back of the large-format camera; wet collodion technique.
Arkady is a photographer and photojournalist from Khanaqin, Iraq, located in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq near the Iranian border. A graduate of the Fine Arts Institution in Khanaqin, Ali has been working as a photographer since 2006 and currently is focusing on photo stories about Iraqis injured and disabled during war. He is mentored by VII photographer Ed Kashi.
Baz, Franco-Lebanese born in 1963 in Beirut, was only 12 years old when the war in Lebanon broke out. Fascinated by the war and the militias who control their neighborhood, he decided to flirt with death, not with weapons but with a camera. In 1989, Agence France Presse (AFP) gave him the opportunity to cover the first Intifada. Meanwhile, he covered other conflicts in the world, including the first Gulf war in 1990, Kurdistan in 1991, Somalia, Sarajevo in 1993. He then became director of photography for AFP Middle East in 1996 and director of the Baghdad office during the US invasion in 2003.
Behrakis was born in 1960 in Athens. He studied photography at the Athens School of Arts and Technology and graduated from Middlesex University (UK). He worked as a photojournalist for Reuters since 1987 and is now head of the photography department in Athens. Behrakis won several awards including the World Press Photo and the Pulitzer price.
Born in Paris in 1960, Alain Buu spent his childhood between Vietnam and France. He became a photojournalist in 1986. Buu covered the French and International news but also many magazine and corporate subjects during more than 15 years as photographer for the French news agency Gamma. He has now decided to refocus as photographer on more personal subjects, giving to its works more time and thought.
Greene was born in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York, has worked around the world as a photojournalist. He has photographed wars and poverty in Africa, former Soviet Union, Central America, Asia and the Middle East, but his most famous work is his coverage of the war in Chechnya. He was awarded, among others, W. Eugene Smith Price and World Press five times. Stanley is a founding member of the Noor agency. He is based in Paris and New York.
Hirokawa is a Japanese photojournalist born in 1943 in a Japanese community in Tianjin, China. He has documented the world’s two worst nuclear crises (Chernobyl/1986 & Fukushima/2011), and covered all the main Middle-East conflicts (intifadas, Lebanon, Irak, Afghanistan). He is the creator and director of Days Japan magazine.
Additionally, Hirokawa is a director and cinematographer, known for Palestine 1948: Nakba (2008) and Hirokawa Ryûichi Ningen no Senjô (2015).
Koren (born July 13, 1970) is an Israeli photojournalist, a Canon EMEA ambassador and a representative of "Polaris Images" photo agency. He has won numerous awards including Picture of the Year, World Press Photo and Photo District News awards. Koren is most noted for documenting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the IDF operations and the special forces units "Shayetet 13", "Duvdevan" and "YAMAM".
Kozyrev (born in 1963 in Moscow) is a Russian photojournalist. He has covered every major conflict in the former Soviet Union, including two Chechen wars. Immediately after September 11, 2001, he was on the scene in Afghanistan, where he documented the fall of the Taliban.
Kozyrev lived in Baghdad, Iraq between 2003 and 2009, as a contract photographer for TIME Magazine. He has traveled all over Iraq, photographing the different sides of the conflict. Since the beginning of 2011, he has been following the Arab unrests, traveling in Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.
Kozyrev has received numerous honors for his photography, including several World Press Photo Awards, the Overseas Press Club Oliver Rebbot Award, the ICP Infinity award, the Frontline Club Award and both the Trophee and Public Prize at the Prix Bayeux-Calvados
Lafargue began his career in 1988 working as a photoreporter for the local newspaper Sud Ouest in his home city of Bordeaux. In 1997, he became a staff photographer for Gamma, covering news, sport and celebrity stories; he had previously worked for the agency (since 1991) as regional correspondent, first in Bordeaux, then in the Indian Ocean. At the time of the Gulf War, he made a short visit to Iraqi Kurdistan (1991). Since 2001, he has focused on news stories in the Middle East (Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.
Winner of the World Press for his report on the execution of a traitor in Afghanistan during the war against the Soviet army, Alain Mingam began as a reporter and photographer for Sipa-Press agency, but also at Gamma which he became chief editor of, then at Sygma where he held the position of managing editor. Former president of the World Press Photo Contest, he was a consultant for the TV show "Les Cents Photos du Siècle" ("The Hundred Pictures of the Century"). Today media consultant and curator, he is a member of the board of directors and executive board of the association Reporters Without Borders.
Morris (born 1958) is an American photojournalist best known for his documentary conflict photographs, a Whitehouse photographer, a fashion photographer, and a film director. He won several awards including the World Press Photo in 2005. He is a member of VII photo agency.
Morvan (born April 4, 1954) is a French war photojournalist, writer and military historian. He lives and works in Paris. He was nominated for the Robert Cappa prize and won many others including the World Press Photo twice.
Silva (born August 9, 1966) is a war photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the last working member of the Bang-Bang Club, a group of photographers who covered South Africa from the time of Nelson Mandela's release to the first elections in 1994. Silva has worked in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, Russia, and the Middle East. On October 23, 2010, Silva stepped on a landminewhile on patrol with US soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan and lost his left leg below the knee, and his right leg above it.
Temir is a self-taught photographer and artist born in a small town in Eastern Turkey. He earned a scholarship for the Department of Cinema in State University and moved to Istanbul. By that time, he had developed an interest in photojournalism and traveled many times across Turkey and abroad for his projects. He combines different techniques of painting, video, photography, and installation to create works focused on minorities in the Middle East.
Temir’s photos have been published in The New York Times, TIME, CNN Photo Blog, Stern, Paris Match and the Guardian. He also had solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Italy, France, Poland and Turkey. Currently He is represented by VII Photo Agency as part of the Mentor Program.
Urbano is a French documentary photographer, based in Istanbul and represented by the MYOP agency. His work is guided by a documentary approach where time is a key. Urbano worked for nearly two years on the activities and personalities of one of the most radical French Far Right group, the GUD.
In 2012 After covering the struggles of refugees in Athens, he went to Syria, in the coastal region of Latakia where he reported on the fight of the FSA rebels against Al Assad's regime.
Since summer 2014 he is working on the frontline against ISIS, in Northern Iraq and Syria. He is a frequent contributor to Le Monde on these issues.