We received extremely sad news yesterday that our colleague Alexandra Boulat, a National Geographic contributing photographer, died peacefully in Paris. Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to Alexandra’s family and her friends all over the world.
From The New York Times:
Alexandra Boulat, an award-winning photographer known for a clear, descriptive style and a knack for making emotionally moving, often idiosyncratic images of people affected by war, died yesterday in Paris. She was 45.
She died after suffering a brain aneurysm in June and falling into a coma from which she never emerged, her friend Gary Knight said.
Ms. Boulat’s work appeared in many publications, including National Geographic, Time, Newsweek and Paris-Match. For most of the 1990s, she photographed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Her picture of Kosovar women surrounding a flag-draped coffin was a runner-up in the Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards for Magazine Photography presented by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and she won many other awards for her work.
Before the current war with Iraq, she was in Baghdad for National Geographic and gave attention to the lives of affluent people at a time when most photographers were interested in showing only Iraqis’ misery. During the war she took pictures that told about death in different ways, like a body wrapped in a white sheet.
“You can show a war without showing a gun,” she said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation shortly after the United States invaded, “and that’s interesting—in only one photograph.”
Some of Alexandra Boulat’s photography can be viewed at the links below:
VII Photo Agency: Alexandra Boulat’s portfolio
NGM.COM: Remembering Alexandra Boulat
National Geographic magazine: Diary of a War
National Geographic magazine: Baghdad Before the Bombs