Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 3 July 2020

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the tenth anniversary exhibition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award. Also, a reminder to check out the new Photojournalism Now: In Conversation video interview with Robin Hammond.


Carmignac Photojournalism Award: 10 Years of Reportage

A water reservoir in the Tel Al-Hawa area in the South of Gaza City; also used as a shelter for Israeli troops during the war. © Kaï Wiedenhofer pour la Fondation Carmignac

In 2009 the Carmignac Photojournalism Award was established by Edouard Carmignac to support photojournalists at a time when changes to the media landscape were dramatically impacting editorial budgets. The Award comprises a grant of 50,000 Euros to be used to fund a six-month field report resulting in the production of a photo-reportage project that investigates human rights violations and/or geostrategic issues. On conclusion, a monograph is published and the works are mounted as a travelling exhibition.

Carmignac Photojournalism Award: 10 Years of Reportage, opens at Villa Carmignac on the Island of Porquerolles, France on 4 July and runs until 1 November, 2020. More than 100 photographs and six videos from the ten winning photographers showcase photo reports that illuminate human rights violations and environmental issues around the world.

“This retrospective is also a tribute to the courage and independence of the photojournalists who, through their own unique perspectives, have witnessed and shared the irreversible upheavals that the planet is going through,” says a spokesperson for the Award.

Presented as a “thematic journey” the retrospective canvasses a broad range of narratives from the normalization of ‘‘conflict zones’’ in Lashkars (Pashtunistan) by Massimo Berruti (2011) and in Gaza with Kai Wiedenhöfer’s The Book of Destruction (2010) to tales of modern-day slavery with Lizzie Sadin’s The Trap: Trafficking of Women in Nepal (2017) and Narciso Contreras’s Libya: a Human Marketplace (2016).

Pakistan, Swat Valley, Maban Dheri, March 2011: Lashkar Elder Sad Bachà travelling to Kala Gay. Sad Bacha claims to be the first lashkar head who actively opposed the militants during their regime in the valley and killed one of them.
© Massimo Berruti / Agence Vu’  pour la Fondation Carmignac
Pakistan, Swat Valley, Maban Dheri, March 2011: Lashkar patroling the area around their village on the only road that leads to the village. As the road gets too muddy in the winter, useful for 4X4 vehicles only, Maban Dheri remains mostly isolated for nearly 4 months per year. © Massimo Berruti / Agence Vu’  pour la Fondation Carmignac
SARU, 27 YEARS OLD Dance bar, district of Gongabu, Kathmandu – April 2017 Saru gets ready before getting on stage. Her father died when she was five. Her stepfather mistreated her, abusing and raping her regularly from the age of seven onward. She ran away and began working in a cabin restaurant as a waitress, then in a dance bar. She returned home, but one day her stepfather took her and her mother to a Bombay brothel. Quite simply, he had sold them…Since then, she has returned to Kathmandu and again works in a dance bar. She continues to suffer the sexual advances of customers (C) Lizzie Sadin
RITA, 17 YEARS OLD Chabahil, northern district of Kathmandu – April 2017. It was a female “friend” from her village who suggested that she leave for India, with promises of money and jewels. Once Rita arrived there, the “friend” disappeared, and Rita was immediately taken to a brothel. She did not understand, at first, what was happening to her. She was told: “You are going to work,” but she was not told what that work would be. When she understood, she refused, but was immediately locked up for a week without food, just enough in order to survive. She was told: “Put makeup and these clothes on… Who is going to feed you if you don’t work?” She had no way of escaping and was obliged to prostitute herself. The clients were violent and beat her up. She was freed in a police raid, and the organization Shakti Samuha brought her back to Nepal (C) Lizzie Sadin
The remnants of a rubber boat are pictured floating in the Mediterranean Sea after having been set ablaze by an unidentified source. Libyan Sea (C) Narciso Contreras
Sub-Saharan illegal migrants and refugees stretch their hands through the window of a cell in the Garabuli Detention Centre, pleading for water, cigarettes, food and their release. Garabuli, Libya (C) Narciso Contreras

Other projects on show include Christophe Gin’s Colony (2015), Davide Monteleone’s 2013 Spasibo (Chechnya) and Robin Hammond’s Zimbabwe reportage, Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence (2012).

(C) Christophe Gin
Republic of Chechnya, Russia, 03/2013. A group of men are leaving the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque officially known as The Heart of Chechnya, after the Friday prayer. Islam, so long suppressed here, is now heavily promoted. Not only was the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque commissioned, but Ramzan Kadyrov declared that under his rule, Chechnya would be “more Islamic than the Islamists.” Grozny (C) Davide Monteleone
Nyasha, an illegal gold miner in Manicaland © Robin Hammond

There is also a dedicated exhibition space for works on climate change and its human consequences: the ‘‘new Far West’’, Arctic: New Frontier by Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen (2018), and Amazônia by Tommaso Protti (2019).

Russia, Yamal Peninsula, Cape Kemenny, May 2018 Gazprom Neft’s “Arctic Gate” terminal in Gulf of Ob The Novoportovskoye is one of the biggest oil fields in the Yamal Peninsula. The field is located 30 km from the coast of the Ob bay, and oil is transported by pipeline to Cape Kamenny where a terminal facility has been developed. The company Gazprom Neft is operating the Novy Port project, which is built to be able to deliver up to eight million tons of oil per year. A fleet of six tankers are being built for the Novy Port. The first vessels of the new fleet, the «Shturman Albanov» and the «Shturman Malygin» were put on the water in early 2016. The third fleet tanker, the “Shturman Ovtsyn” set course for the history books when it in mid-winter 2017 left the yard of the Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, made it through the Bering Strait and sailed all the way to Yamal. Later, also the «Shturman Shcherbinin» and the «Shturman Koshelev» were built. Yuri Kozyrev / NOOR for Carmignac Foundation
Greenland, Kangerlussuaq, July 2018 Meltrivers close to the edge of the ice sheet close to Kangerlussuaq. In front a river of meltwater. Due to climate change the ice sheet slowly melts, not do glaciers retreat at a rapid speed also the ice sheet itself melts, forms melting streams and reservoirs where the meltwater forms underground rivers. Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR for Carmignac Fondation
Araribóia, Maranhão. Members of the Guajajara forest guard patrolling the Araribóia indigenous reserve in Maranhão State beat another indigenous man whom they suspect of collaborating with illegal loggers © Tommaso Protti

Venue: Villa Carmignac, Porquerolles, France

4 July to 1 November, 2020


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