A Conversation with War Photographer Jonathan Alpeyrie


Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 at 12pm (Central)

Did you follow your passion into a career that many would consider uncommon? Have you thought about making a change but find that there is something holding you back?
Uncommon CareersUniversity of Chicago alumnus Jonathan Alpeyrie took a leap and chose to follow his passion quite literally around the world as a war photographer.  Jonathan’s career, which stretches over a decade, has brought him in over 35 countries, covered 14 conflict zones, mostly in East Africa, the South Caucasus, the Middle East and central Asia. Jonathan has documented combat in some of the world’s most dangerous warzones and was even abducted and held in captivity in Syria for 81 days.


We'll Ask Jonathan About:

  • How he works to overcome the unknown in his career

  • How he puts into practice what he learned at the University of Chicago

  • Advice he has for others looking to follow their passion and pursue what many would consider an uncommon career

About the Presenter: 
Born in Paris in 1979, Jonathan Alpeyrie AB'03 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.
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, he 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, Jonathan became a photographer for Polaris images and SIPA press as well.  

Jonathan Alpeyrie's career spans over a decade, and has brought him to over 35 countries, covered 14 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 is in the works. Alpeyrie published a book with Simon and Schuster in October 2017.
Alpeyrie has worked as a freelancer for various publications and websites, such as: Paris Match, Aftenposten, Times (Europe), Newsweek, Wine Spectator, Boston Globe, Glamour, BBC, VSD, Le Monde, Popular Photography, Vanity FairLa Stampa, CNN, and Bild Zeit, ELLE magazine, Der Speigel, Le Figaro, Marie Claire, The Guardian, Bild, and The Atlantic. Today he is a photographer for Polaris Images, with whom he signed in February 2010.



Date: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 at 12pm (Central)
Cost: Complimentary
Location: Online
Event Contact
Sam Constance
Assistant Director, Career Development
UChicago Alumni Career Programs