French photographer Edouard Elias winner of the 2015
Photographer who was killed during a rocket attack in 2012 Homs, Syria,the Rémi Ochlik Award is persented each year to a young photojournalist who has produced an outstanding extensive photo essay. Elias winning portfolio of the 20 French Foreign Legion who he followed at work in the Central African Republic. I’ve developed a relationship with the soldiers, when I learned I had won the first call Elias made was to the mem he had followed. The soldiers were delighted because work they’ve done in Central African Republic will been seen mby many. August of 2014, a few months after violence claimed the lives of more than 2,000 peopler Central African Republic. . Photographers like Michael Zumstein and William Daniels, who had also covered the conflict, Elas aim was to cover the situation from a new angle. Thinking I would cover the story with the France’s military engagement, that changed i developed a real relationship that i ended up documenting their lives.”
Elias Randomly ended up with the French Foreign Legion.
“It’s really about the way 20 men live in a section of the French Foreign Legion.