Bénédicte Kurzen

The United Kingdom, London TJ Boulting

Whilst Bénédicte Kurzen (FR, 1980) was completing her master’s degree in Contemporary History from the Sorbonne Paris, she wrote her final essay about the “myth of the war photographer” which inspired her to become a visual storyteller herself. Her photographic career began when she moved to Israel in 2003 covering hard news as a freelancer in the Gaza Strip Iraq and Lebanon. In 2004 her photography developed from hard news to a more documentary style with her work on the lives of volunteer suicide bombers and widows in the Gaza Strip. Her current work focuses on violence and life in the Lake Chad Basin through the presence of groups such as Boko Haram.