Photo editor focusing on France, Africa, Middle East and Asia Education: American University of Paris, BA in International Communications
Olivier Laurent is a Foreign photo editor at The Washington Post, working with the organization’s network of 28 reporters based in 20 foreign locations to offer a comprehensive international report. He also partners with The Post's social team on photo-driven initiatives and contributes to InSight, The Post’s photography section.
He joined The Post from Time, where he was the editor of LightBox, the magazine’s photography website. LightBox provided a window into the process of how great photographs are made and drew attention to inspiring projects and groundbreaking work by established masters and new pioneers.
Previously, he was the associate editor for the British Journal of Photography and the editor of FLTR, the first weekly magazine on smartphone photography.
Born in France, he moved to London immediately after college to pursue a career in journalism, starting in the financial sector on publications such as Dealing With Technology and Post Magazine, before joining British Journal of Photography in 2008.
Laurent has sat on the juries of the Visa pour l'Image Web Documentary Award, the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Prize, the FotoEvidence First Photobook Award, the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography, the Visa d’Or News and Features, Photoreporter Festival, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards and World Press Photo's Joop Swart Masterclass.
From young designers to LGBTQ activists, homeless children to mixed-race couples, South Africa’s ‘born free’ generation continues to struggle with the legacy of apartheid, 25 years after Mandela’s accession to power.
Voices of African Photography is a 10-part series presented in partnership with the African Photojournalism Database, a joint project of Everyday Africa and World Press Photo, to highlight the work of 10 African photographers and photojournalists.
For weeks, tens of thousands of Algerians made their demands clear: They wanted Abdelaziz Bouteflika, their ailing, 82-year-old president, to step down after 20 years in power. And they didn’t want to wait.