Description

Italian photojournalist Lorenzo Meloni began tracing the life and wars of the Islamic State since its inception in 2014. As the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces advanced towards IS-occupied Qayyarah, IS fighters set fire to oil fields as a way to avoid coalition airstrikes, pictured here. The area burned for 10 months, poisoning much of the surrounding, land, water and villages.

I follow the themes and places that I’ve always been interested in, and I work as hard as possible

Lorenzo Meloni
© Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

Lorenzo Meloni was born and raised in Rome.

His work currently focuses on the political balances of the Middle East and the consequences of its conflicts on the population. He moved to Beirut (2012 – 2014) and dedicated himself to long-term projects regarding the aftermath of the fall of Gaddafi in Libya, the conflict in Syria, with a certain attention to area of Rojava, and its consequences in Lebanon.

His work has been exhibited at Italian and international festivals such as the Venice Biennale, Visa pour L’Image, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Boutographies and Fotoleggendo and it has been featured in internationally prominent publications including The Telegraph, TIME, Le Figaro, Vanity Fair, Internazionale, L’Espresso, La Repubblica.

© Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos

Get Magnum news and updates directly to your inbox