Alexandra Boulat was born in Paris, France, May 2, 1962, and died in Paris on October 5, 2007. She was originally trained in graphic art and art history at the Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1989, she followed in the steps of her father, photographer Pierre Boulat, who worked for LIFE magazine for 25 years, and became a photojournalist as well. She was represented by Sipa Press for 10 years until 2000.
In 2001, she co-founded VII Agency. Her news and feature stories were published in many international magazines, above all National Geographic Magazine, TIME, and Paris-Match. She has received many of the most prestigious international photography awards for her work.
Boulat covered news, conflicts, and social issues as well as making extensive reportages on countries and people. Among her many varied assignments, she reported on the wars in former Yugoslavia from 1991 until 1999, including Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo; the fall of the Taliban, the Iraqi people living under the embargo in the 90s, and the invasion of Baghdad by the coalition in 2003. During the last few years, she was working on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. She also photographed Yasser Arafat’s family life and Yves Saint Laurent’s last show in 2001. Other large assignments include country stories on Indonesia and Albania, and a people story on the Berbers of Morocco. Her latest work was on Muslim women in the Middle East and Gaza.
Alexandra Boulat was the architect of one of the most deliberate, focused, and militant bodies of work on the victims – particularly women – of conflict and injustice of our time.
The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award, sponsored for a third time by the LaScam (société civile des auteurs multimedia), has selected Romain Laurendeau as the 2017 grant winner.
The award of €8000 is designed to help a photographer carry out an original reporting project.
The winner was chosen by a jury for his report on the secret and clandestine places in Algeria where young people experience freedom in all its forms, far from the gaze of society and its dangerous stigmatization.
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