Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 9 July 2021

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – Sebastiao Salgado’s latest epic journey, this time into the depths of the Amazon in Brazil. Also, some of the work shortlisted in this year’s World. Report Award. Documenting Humanity.

Plus the 12th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award is now open for applications closing 18 October GMT 11:59pm. This year’s theme: Venezuela. “Selected by an international jury, the laureate will receive a €50,000 grant to carry out a 6-month field report with the support of the Fondation Carmignac, which produces, upon their return, a travelling exhibition and the publication of a monograph.”

Also, Beijing-based photojournalist and filmmaker Sean Gallagher is holding two workshops in China. You may recall Sean featured in the video interview series Photojournalism Now: In Conversation.

Workshops: The Art of Capturing Unique Moments: Beijing 7-8 August and Tibetan Plateau 18-22 September during the mid-Autumn Festival.

Next week Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up is taking a long weekend! We’ll be back on 23 July.

Book & Exhibition

Amazônia: Sebastião Salgado

Kampa do Rio Amonea Indigenous Territory in the rain © Sebastião Salgado

As readers of Photojournalism Now are aware, interviewing Sebastião Salgado about his extraordinary project Genesis was one of the highlights of my journalistic career. The interview had been conducted via phone, and later that year I had the pleasure of meeting Salgado in Paris.

For those who can attend, Amazônia is currently showing at Philharmonie de Paris, where the work is accompanied by a symphony composed by Jean-Michel Jarre specifically for Amazônia. There is also a heavy tome (528 pages) by Taschen.

Shot in Salgado’s signature black and white, Amazônia features images taken in the depths of Brazil’s Amazon. In pursuit of the unknown, Salgado who is now 77, “almost lost an eye” one of two accidents during the seven years it took to create Amazônia. As with Genesis, this new project involved complex logistics, serious funding to accommodate the need for special craft including helicopters and protracted negotiations with indigenous leaders to gain access. It is an extraordinary body of work.

Shaman of the Maturaca © Sebastião Salgado
© Sebastião Salgado

Amazônia the exhibition is on until 31 October 2021.


World. Report Award. Documenting Humanity: Shortlist

This annual award supported by the festival della FOTOGRAFIA ETICA attracted more than 800 entries totalling 13,000 pictures from photographers around the world. There are five categories: Master, Spotlight, Short Story, Single Shot, Future Generations and Students. The international jury has released the shortlist for each category.

The shortlist reveals the extraordinary diversity of stories being told by photographers from more than 60 countries. There is some incredible work and you can view all the shortlisted photography here.

As an example, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti is shortlisted in the Master Award for his series The Ameriguns, which is also a book. This work was shot across the US with Galimberti connecting with “proud gun-owners” who were keen to show off their firearms collections and celebrate their constitutional right to bear arms.

Schriever, Louisiana (C) Gabriele Galimberti
Poseyville, Indiana (C) Gabriele Galimberti
(C) Gabriele Galimberti
Las Vegas (C) Gabriele Galimberti
Texas (C) Gabriele Galimberti

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