As a photojournalist for the past twenty years, Yuri Kozyrev has covered every major conflict in the former Soviet Union, including two Chechen wars. Immediately after September 11, 2001, he was on the scene in Afghanistan, where he documented the fall of the Taliban.
Since 2011, he has been reporting in great depth the uprisings in the Middle East called “The Arab Spring” and their aftermath, from Cairo to Bahrain, Libya and Yemen, for TIME magazine. He has received numerous honors for his photography, including several World Press Photo Awards, the Overseas Press Club Oliver Rebbot Award (2004), the ICP Infinity award for photojournalism (2006), and the Frontline Club Award (2008). In 2011, Yuri won the Visa d'Or News for his body of work: "On Revolution Road".
He is one of the founding member and co-owner of NOOR photo agency and foundation, and he resides in Moscow.