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Julien Jourdes

Born in Toulouse, France, is a photographer, photo editor, and an entrepreneur who co-founded Blink. As COO of Blink, Julien has successfully grown a community of 17,000 users across 170 countries representing the top tier in photography and video professionals, among them Emmy nominees, Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as World Press Photo and Overseas Press Club awardees. In addition, Julien expanded the network community to more than 2,000 editors across 900 companies, including TIME, New York Times, United Nations, ESPN, AFP, DPA, Der Spiegel, ABC news, SONY Music, and National Geographic. He established more than 150 partnerships in 3 years with organizations that include The World Press Photo, VII Photo, Agence Vu,Panos, Prime, Drone Aerial Ops, and New York University, among others. In addition to outreach and network growth for Blink, Julien manages a team of freelance writers and editors, to produce Blink’s weekly newsletter and blog. Julien draws on his previous years of experience at The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Magnum Photos.

 

As the World News Photo Editor at The Wall Street Journal, Julien helped to lead its brand new photo department starting in 2008, where he produced stories throughout the world, in places like Haiti, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Vietnam, Syria, and Mexico, among others. This coverage brought The Wall Street Journal awards from World Press Photo and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. As International Photo Editor at Newsweek, Julien produced stories that included coverage of such conflicts as 9/11, the second Intifada, the fall of Milosevic, and the war in Afghanistan. While at Magnum Photo in Paris, Julien managed a team of six editors and worked directly with such award-winning photographers as Luc Delahayes, Abbas, Thomas Dworzak, Paolo Pellegrin, and Alex Majoli. His coverage brought Newsweek the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 2001 for the coverage of Afghanistan. Julien is a founding member of FOVEA, a non-profit photo company dedicated to raising awareness of forgotten conflicts around the world, based in Beacon, NY. He earned dual degrees in Photography and Photojournalism from l’Ecole Nationale Louis Lumière in Paris and the International Center of Photography in NYC. Julien has also been invited as a guest speaker/lecturer in numerous panels/events (NYU, Pratt Institute, ICP, King Juan Carlos Center, Cervantes Institute, The Graduate Center, Visa pour l’Image. Julien currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two daughters. Julien worked for two years for France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as exhibition designer at the Centre Culturel Français in Libreville, Gabon, where he co-curated the first pan African festival of Bande-Dessinés (comic strips).

 

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