Jerome Sessini (b.1968) began his career with the GAMMA agency following the Kosovo war in 1999. Since then he has covered many events: the second intifada, the conflict in Iraq, the Haitian crisis of 2004, the capture of Mogadishu and the Lebanon War. In 2008, he started his Mexican project, So far from God, too close to America, a dive into the drug cartels war in Mexico. This project has already been awarded twice with the F-Award and a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography. It is superbly presented here in scores of beautifully reproduced images.
Jerome Sessini builds a passion for photography, discovering American documentary photography through books shown by a friend, a photographer. He initiates his own practice, shooting people, landscapes and daily lives of those around his native Eastern France (with Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Mark Cohen and Eugene Richards in mind).In 1998, although nothing predicted he would turn to journalism, Sessini arrives in Paris. Gamma photo agency gives him the opportunity to cover the ongoing conflict in Kosovo.Sessini has since then covered most of the international current events: Palestine, Iraq (from 2003 to 2008), Aristide's fall in Haiti (2004), the conquest of Mogadishu by the Islamic militias and the war in Lebanon (2006).Sessini's work is immediately internationally acknowledged. It is published by prestigious newspapers and magazines among which, Newsweek, Stern, Paris-Match as well as Le Monde and the Wall Street Journal.His photography also leads to single exhibitions at the Visa Photo Festival in Perpignan, at the Rencontres d'Arles, the Bibliotheque nationale Francois-Mitterrand, as well as with the French Ministry of Culture. Jerome Sessini is now a nominee at Magnum Photos.(July 2012)