Edouard Boubat

Kurd man walking and Kurd women carrying water in goat skin bags, Iraq
WHO/Edouard Boubat

Edouard Boubat was born in France in 1923. He studied printing and design at the Ecole Estienne in Paris before taking up photography in 1946. The following year he was recognized with the Kodak Prize. In 1951, Boubat began working as a photojournalist for Réalités magazine in Paris, a post he would occupy for 17 years. In 1968 he left Réalités to work freelance. He was awarded the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1984. Edouard Boubat died in 1999, in France.

In 1958, Boubat produced a photographic essay for WHO on malaria in Kurdistan, Iraq. This was his only work for WHO.

Here's the dawn, Dr Malaria: Iraq, 1958
Edouard Boubat travelled to Iraq to photograph the work of Dr Luigi Mara to combat malaria among the nomadic tribes of the Kurdistan region. The resulting photo report was first published in the World Health magazine in 1958.

"Life gives me my photos. I need other people. Photography is a profession for encounters! It is in praise of life, an attempt to come close to nature and my fellow creatures."
-- Edouard Boubat. In: Colin Naylor, ed. Contemporary Photographers, Chicago and London, St. James, 1998.