Elkoury is a seeker of emotions, sensations, of one angle or viewpoint countered by another, many of his strongest images have one thing in common: they are inhabited by people telling stories. Gregory Buchakjian.
Fouad Elkoury was born in 1952 in Paris, and today lives between Beirut and Paris. He began his photographic career producing images of daily life during the Lebanese Civil War. He documented the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and found himself on the Atlantis, the ship aboard which Yasser Arafat had been evacuated, producing a photo essay of this journey. In 1989, he joined Rapho agency and spent one year in Egypt. In 1991, he was part of a collective photographic project in charge of capturing an ultimate image of Beirut city center’s ruins, with Robert Frank, Raymond Depardon, René Burri, Josef Koudelka and Gabriele Basilico. He was one of the co-founders of the Arab Image Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve and study photographs from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora.
“Elkoury is a photographer of intimacy.” Manal Khader.