The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer’s True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria

Our friends at the Berkeley-Haas New England Alumni Club have invited us to the following event:
~ Event Detail ~
May 30, 2018 (Wednesday)
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Complimentary food & drinks will be provided.
Colleagues, friends, significant others are welcome.

2018-05-30 Jonathan Alpeyrie
Join us for a conversation on 5/30 with photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie, who was captured and held hostage by Syrian rebels while he was on an assignment to cover the conflict in the region.

Jonathan has traveled to over a dozen conflict zones worldwide to document and to bear witness to the destructive consequences of wars. He had weaved in and out of over a dozen conflict zones. He photographed civilians being chased out of their homes, military trucks roving over bullet‑torn battlefields, and too many bodies to count. However, on April 29, 2013, during his third assignment to Syria, Jonathan was betrayed by his fixer and handed over to a band of Syrian rebels.

In his book, The Shattered Lens, Jonathan captured his 81-day ordeal of being held as a hostageJonathan is a photojournalist who has always answered the next adrenaline‑pumping assignment. Yet, during his headline‑making kidnapping, he was left to consider the value and risks of his career, ponder the violent conflicts he had seen, and put the historical events over which we have no control into perspective.

2018-05-30 Jonathan Alpeyrie profile

Born in Paris in 1979, Jonathan Alpeyrie moved to the United States in 1993. He graduated from the Lycée Français de New York in 1998, and went on to study medieval history at the University of Chicago, from which he graduated in 2003. Mr. Alpeyrie started his career shooting for local Chicago newspapers during his undergraduate years. He shot his first photo essay in 2001 while traveling the South Caucasus.

After graduating, Mr. Alpeyrie went to the Congo to work on various essays, which were noticed and picked up by Getty Images, and signed a contributor contract in early 2004. In 2009, he became a photographer for Polaris images.

Mr. Alpeyrie has worked as a freelancer for various publications and websites, such as the Sunday Times, Le Figaro magazine, ELLE, American Photo, Glamour, Aftenposten, Le Monde, BBC, and today he is a photographer for Polaris Images, with whom he signed in February 2010.

Mr. Alpeyrie’s career spans over a decade, and has brought him to over 25 countries, covered 13 conflict zones assignments, in the Middle East and North Africa, the South Caucasus, Europe, North America and Central Asia. A future photography book about WWII. Veterans with Verve Editions are in the works. He has been published in magazines such as: Paris Match,
Aftenposten, Times (Europe), Newsweek, Wine Spectator, Boston Globe, Glamour, BBC, VSD, Le Monde, Newsweek, Popular Photography, Vanity Fair,  La Stampa, CNN, and Bild Zeit, ELLE magazine, Der Speigel, Le Figaro, Marie Claire, The Guardian, The Atlantic.



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