Born in Paris in 1979, Jonathan Alpeyrie moved to the United States in 1993. He graduated from the Lycée Français de New York in 1998 and went on to study medieval history at the University of Chicago, from which he graduated in 2003. Alpeyrie started his career shooting for local Chicago newspapers during his undergraduate years. He shot his first photo essay in 2001 while traveling the South Caucasus. After graduating, he went to the Congo to work on various essays, which were noticed and picked up by Getty Images through a contributor contract in early 2004.
Alpeyrie's career spans over a decade and has brought him to over 25 countries, covering 12 conflict zones assignments in the Middle East, North Africa, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia. He exhibited his WWII Veterans work at Anastasia Photo in 2012. A future photography book about WWII Veterans with Verve Editions is in the works.
Kidnapped for 81 days in 2013 by rebel forces in Syria, Alpeyrie's 2014 exhibition at Anastasia Photo, Capture, revealed the images he shot on three trips to Syria prior to his abduction.
Alpeyrie has been published in magazines such as: Paris Match, Aftenposten, Times (Europe), Newsweek, Wine Spectator, Boston Globe, Glamour, BBC, VSD, Le Monde, Newsweek, American Photo, ELLE, Glamour, Popular Photography, Vanity Fair, La Stampa, CNN, and Bild Zeit.