Friday, October 05, 2007

After 106 days in coma, Alexandra Boulat passed away today

Friends, family and photography buffs are grieving at the loss of this sensitive and brave conflict photographer, who shot the photo above in Afghanistan. Alexandra was a vibrant woman, and had an exacting eye for lighting and detail and a passion for the truth. Our deepest condolences go out to Issa Freij, her partner, and Annie Boulat, her mother in Paris. After suffering her brain aneurysm last June, Alex never regained consciousness. She was strong physically and held on for more than three months.

Gaza became an obsession for this exceptional photojournalist, who co-founded the renowned photo agency VII, and Izzy Bee will go through Erez crossing with friends and make a donation in Alex's memory for the women and families whose lives are blighted by that conflict. Alex used to record the border guards' commands and the whirrs and dehumanized inspections every time she crossed this checkpoint and use them for podcasts.
Rest in Peace, Alexandra. (Will post more details about funeral service and obituaries as they become clearer.) It is indeed a sad day.

UPDATE: A memorial service will be held on Friday, 12 October in the chapel at Jacqueville, outside Paris. Alexandra will be laid to rest beside her photographer father, Pierre Boulat.

The family would like to announce that a Foundation to continue Alexandra's and Pierre's legacy will be established in the coming weeks. The Foundation will support the ideals and issues that Alexandra and Pierre were concerned with. If you would like to contribute to this Foundation please contact:

If you prefer to send flowers please send them to:
Cimetière de Jacqueville
77 760 Amponville, France


Alexandra Boulat was born in Paris, France, in 1962. She trained in graphic art and art history, at the Beaux Arts in Paris. She was represented by Sipa Press for 10 years until 2000. In 2001 she co-founded VII photo agency. Her news and features stories are published in many international magazines, above all Time, Newsweek, National Geographic Magazine and Paris-Match. She has recieved many International Awards for the quality of 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 has reported on the wars in former Yugoslavia, the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq, Afghanistan at the fall of the Taliban, and the Women condition in the Islamic world. Other large assignments published in National Geographic include country stories on Indonesia Albania, and Morroco.


Best Women Photographer, Bevento Oscars, Italy 2006
Overseas Press Club 2003 - Afghanistan
World Press Photo / Art 2003 - Yves Saint Laurent Last Show
Infinity Award, International Center of Photography, New York, 1999 - Kosovo
USA Photo Magazine's photographer of the year, 1998
Perpignan, Visa d'Or pour l'Image, 1998 - Kosovo
Prix Paris-Match 1998 - Kosovo
The Harry Chapin Media Awards 1994 - Besieged Sarajevo


PARIS -National Geographic France 2002
ECLATS DE GUERRE (lights of war).
Les Syrtes Image, 2002

Wars in Former Yugoslavia, Visa Pour l'Image, Perpignan 1995
Wars in Former Yugoslavia, Gallerie Debelleyme, Paris 2002

Click here to see the VII archive portraits of (not by) Alexandra.


Anonymous said...

very sad news. she was a star and a gentle soul

a friend said...

She died at noon, 5 october 2007, at Lariboisière hospital, in Paris, with her mother Annie at her side. She is also survived by her younger sister Antoinette. Burial is planned next week in Paris.