France: Looking Back at Charlie Hebdo

Collection with 32 media items created by Steven Wassenaar

22 Jan 2012 23:00

Outrage over the killing of journalists and political cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo by masked gunment has spread across the world, and many fear an Islamophobic backlash. Our contributor brings us his photos and his account from January 2012 when he spent four days with the magazine’s staff, observing their coverage of the French Presidential race, their creative process, and the ethos of their artists and writers.

ARCHIVE PHOTOS FROM PARIS, JANUARY 2012

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On January 7, 2015 masked gunmen entered the Paris bureau of the popular French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and opened fire, killing twelve people, among them artists and journalists working for the magazine for years. The French government was quick to call the attack an act of terrorism, as French President Francois Hollande visited the scene of the murders just hours after police arrived. So far one 18-year-old man has turned himself in to the police, however his involvement is yet to be determined. Police have released photos of two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, who they believe to be the two gunmen still at-large. Early in the evening, al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attack, though their links to the attack are yet to be confirmed by French authorities working the case.

This isn’t the first time Charlie Hebdo comes under fire. The magazine with a circulation of about 55,000 had previously come under fire for publishing cartoons mocking Mohammed and was firebombed after publishing an earlier set of cartoons that mocked Islam. France's Muslim leaders and militants protested over the cartoons, and France's embassies were closed across the Islamic world. At the time the cartoons in Charlie Hebdo were published, often violent -- and sometimes deadly -- protests raged on across the world against an anti-Islam film made in the US that enraged many Muslims.

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Charlie hebdo 01
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
16 Jan 2012

Cabu (Jean Cabut), a longtime artist at Charlie Hebdo, was one of twelve members of the satirical paper killed in the attack on their office in Paris, France.

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
16 Jan 2012

Cabu (Jean Cabut), a longtime artist at Charlie Hebdo, was one of twelve members of the satirical paper killed in the attack on their office in Paris, France. Pictured in the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo in January 2012, sketching a cartoon for an upcoming issue.

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Charlie hebdo 03
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
16 Jan 2012

Cabu (Jean Cabut), a longtime artist at Charlie Hebdo, was one of twelve members of the satirical paper killed in the attack on their office in Paris, France. Pictured in the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo in January 2012, sketching a cartoon for an upcoming issue.

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
18 Jan 2012

An editoral meeting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France in 2012. Four of the artists present, Charb, Wolinski, Cabu et Tignous were killed in the terrorist attack on the satirical newspaper's offices in Paris that took twelve lives.

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
18 Jan 2012

Bernard Maris (left), Cabu (2nd from left) and Charb (StŽphane Charbonnier, 3rd from left) were all murdered when masked gunmen opened fire in the offices of satirical magazine Chalie Hebdo in Paris, in what the French government quickly labeled an act of terrorism.

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
18 Jan 2012

Bernard Maris (2nd from right) sketches during an editorial meeting in Paris in January 2012. He was among the twelve staff members of the Parisian satirical paper Charlie Hebdo killed when masked gunman opened fire in their office on January 8.

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2012

Riss Tignous looks over a colleagues drawing in the board room of Parisian satirical paper Charlie Hebdo in 2012. He was among twelve killed when masked gunmen opened fire in the papers office on January 8.

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2012

Riss Tignous sketches a political cartoon in the board room of Parisian satirical paper Charlie Hebdo in 2012. He was among twelve killed when masked gunmen opened fire in the papers office on January 8.

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Charlie hebdo 09
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2012

Cabu (Jean Cabut) and Charb (StŽphane Charbonnier) pictured in the editorial office of Parisian satire Charlie Hebdo in January 2012. Both were killed in the attack that took the lives of twelve of the paper's staffers on January 8. The French government quickly labelled the attack by masked gunmen an act of terror.

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2012

Famous French cartoonist Luz (right) was wounded in the attack that killed twelve of his colleagues. He is pictured here in 2012 with the police officer (left) who protects him day and night.

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2012

Charb is pictured smashing a screen with former president Nicolas Sarkozy on it, during the 2012 French elections. He was among the twelve murdered when masked gunmen targeted the offices of the Parisian satire paper Charlie Hebdo on January 8.

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2012

Riss Tignous sketches a political cartoon in the board room of Parisian satirical paper Charlie Hebdo in 2012. He was among twelve killed when masked gunmen opened fire in the papers office on January 8.

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
18 Jan 2012

Charbonnier was among the twelve murdered when masked gunmen targeted the offices of the Parisian satire paper Charlie Hebdo on January 8.

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
18 Jan 2012

A wall is covered with potential front pages and drawings for an issue of Charlie Hebdo. Paris 29-01-2012

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
18 Jan 2012

A wall is covered with potential front pages and drawings for the next issue of Charlie Hebdo. Paris 29-01-2012

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Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
18 Jan 2012

Philippe HonorŽ (2nd from right) was one of twelve artists and staffers at the Parisian satire paper Charlie Hebdo killed when masked gunmen opened fire in their offices on January 8. The French government has labeled the shooting an act of terrorism.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2012

StŽphane "Charb" Charbonnier was among the twelve murdered when masked gunmen targeted the offices of the Parisian satire paper Charlie Hebdo on January 8.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2012

StŽphane "Charb" Charbonnier draws a political cartoon in the offices of Charlie Hebdo in 2012. He was among the twelve murdered when masked gunmen targeted the offices of the Parisian satire paper Charlie Hebdo on January 8.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2012

Cabu (Jean Cabut, right), a longtime artist at Charlie Hebdo, was one of twelve members of the satirical paper killed in the attack on their office in Paris, France. Pictured in the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo in January 2012, during a staff meeting for an upcoming issue.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2012

Cabu (Jean Cabut, right), a longtime artist at Charlie Hebdo, was one of twelve members of the satirical paper killed in the attack on their office in Paris, France. Pictured in the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo in January 2012, during a staff meeting for an upcoming issue.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
24 Jan 2012

StŽphane "Charb" Charbonnier (right) and "Luz" in the offices of Charlie Hebdo in 2012. "Charb" was among the twelve murdered, and "Luz" was seriously injured when masked gunmen targeted the offices of the Parisian satire paper Charlie Hebdo on January 8.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
24 Jan 2012

Philippe HonorŽé (2nd from left) was one of twelve artists and staffers at the Parisian satire paper Charlie Hebdo killed when masked gunmen opened fire in their offices on January 8. The French government has labeled the shooting an act of terrorism.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
24 Jan 2012

Philippe HonorŽé (2nd from left) and Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac (right) were among twelve artists and staffers at the Parisian satire paper Charlie Hebdo killed when masked gunmen opened fire in their offices on January 8. The French government has labeled the shooting an act of terrorism.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
24 Jan 2012

Bernard Maris (left), Jean "Cabu" Cabut (center) and Stéphane "Charb" Charbonnier (left) pictured together at an editorial meeting for Charlie Hebdo in January 2012. All three were killed when masked gunmen opened fire in their offices on January 8. The French government has labeled the shooting an act of terrorism.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
24 Jan 2012

A wall is covered with potential front pages and drawings for an issue of Charlie Hebdo. Paris 29-01-2012.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
28 Jan 2012

Cabu (Jean Cabut), a longtime artist at Charlie Hebdo, was one of twelve members of the satirical paper killed in the attack on their office in Paris, France. Pictured in the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo in January 2012, sketching a cartoon for an upcoming issue.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
28 Jan 2012

Charb (left) en Cabu (right) discuss a sketch for an issue of Charlie Hebdo in the magazine's Paris offices in January 2012. The two were among twelve murdered when masked gunmen opened fire in the office on January 8.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
28 Jan 2012

Famous French cartoonist Luz (center) was wounded in the attack that killed twelve of his colleagues, among them Stéphane "Charb" Charbonnier, (background). He is pictured here in 2012 with the police officer (left) who protects him day and night.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
08 Jan 2015

Cabu (Jean Cabut) and Charb (StŽphane Charbonnier) pictured in the editorial office of Parisian satire Charlie Hebdo in January 2012. Both were killed in the attack that took the lives of twelve of the paper's staffers on January 8. The French government quickly labelled the attack by masked gunmen an act of terror.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
28 Jan 2012

Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac (right) looks at a comic strip with Camille Besse for an upcoming issue, while Charb (left) looks on from his desk in January 2012. Carb and Tignous were among twelve members of the satirical paper killed in the attack on their office in Paris on January 8.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
28 Jan 2012

Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac sketches a political cartoon in the board room of Parisian satirical paper Charlie Hebdo in 2012. He was among twelve killed when masked gunmen opened fire in the papers office on January 8.

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Paris
By Steven Wassenaar
08 Jan 2015

An editoral meeting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France in 2012. Four of the artists present, Charb, Wolinski, Cabu et Tignous were killed in the terrorist attack on the satirical newspaper's offices in Paris that took twelve lives.