Los Angeles, California, USA
Born in 1983, French photographer Étienne Laurent underwent American Literature studies through a master degree and was aiming for a PHD when he chose to shift for press photography and underwent a postgraduate year in photography and art at the Paris 8 university in Paris. He then made an internship at the Agence France Presse where he started to work as a stringer as well as for european pressphoto agency, Xinhua, and Anadolu.
As an independent photographer, he covered the fall of Tripoli in Libya and the war in Mali as photographer and redactor for the German agency DAPD. His involvement and ties with epa grew stronger by the time, and he was offered a position in the agency covering general News, Sport and Entertainment events.