Édouard Elias (1991) is a journalist and photographer living in France.
At the age of 21, he left to cover a Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and ended up in Syria. On his return, he showed his pictures of the rebel offensive in Aleppo. Getty Agency hired him and published his coverage of “The Martyrdom of Aleppo”.
In June 2013, whilst in northern Aleppo, he was taken hostage by Islamic State jihadists and was released after eleven months in captivity.
As much concerned with the story collected from the topic as with its perception by the public, he explores all the processes that allow him to create a link other than simply informative, in order to bear witness not only to a setting but to emotions.
Edouard narrates war, without space and time being of any importance anymore. “I have wished to focus on images that relate to war, but which are not of interest to AFP,” he explains.
The migration routes to Europe are closing one after the other, barriers on the Spanish enclaves on Moroccan soil, agreement between Europe and Turkey, shutdown of the borders of Greece’s neighbours, barbed wires in Hungary, Macedonia, Bulgaria. One single route remains “open”: the most hazardous of them all, the one in the central Mediterranean known as the “Sicilian Channel”.
In March 2016, Edouard boarded the AQUARIUS, a humanitarian ship chartered by the non-governmental organisation SOS Méditerranée.
GWENAËLLE LENOIR, a Freelance Reporter, shared Edouard’s daily life during various coverages. She bears witness to his incredible humanity.
From July 14 to 31, 2022