All posts tagged: reportage

Carmignac Photojournalism Award: 10 years of reportage

Situated on an island off the coast of southern France, surrounded by glistening blue waters and nestled within pine-tree forests, is the Villa Carmignac — a gallery and sculpture garden belonging to French entrepreneur Édouard Carmignac and the foundation he established in 2000. The land, back then a Provençal farmhouse originally built in the 1980s, was acquired in 2015. An underground extension was built to accommodate 2,000 square meters of exhibition space, and in 2018, it opened to the public. Surrounding the gallery is an impressive sculpture garden and 18 permanent works of art, situated within a national park that famously provided a backdrop to Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film Pierrot le fou. Inside, visitors are asked to remove their shoes to ensure complete silence, contributing to a serene experience which only accentuates the sobering nature of the work currently on show. Established in 2009, the Carmignac Photojournalism Award exists as part of the foundation’s “three axis”, alongside the villa, and the foundation’s collection of over 250 works of art, by artists including Andy Warhol, Basquiat, …

2020-08-11T09:49:43+01:00

Is America great again? Peter Dench goes beyond the red, white and blue to document the “land of the free”.

Over the years he’s created a huge archive of images documenting ‘Britishness’, covering topics such as Brits abroad and alcohol consumption in England. Now Peter Dench has his sights set on America. In the summer of 2015, commissioned by Olympus, Dench travelled to Dallas to record his first instalment in documenting the daily life of the people who live there. He photographed everything from a bikini contest to Buddhist monks, baseball fans and Sunday worshippers, capturing in his images the essence of what it means to be American in the 21st century. He’s also photographed in Miami and San Francisco, all part of his quest “to challenge what I thought I knew of the country.” Dench, a pro photographer for more than 20 years, has long been fascinated by America. As a teenager in the 1980s he remembers how he “voraciously consumed the American soap operas Dallas and Baywatch”, and when he was studying photography he read books by Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Tony Ray-Jones. These photographers “alerted me to the fact …

2019-03-28T16:46:12+01:00

Photographing the Patrulleros – the violent vigilantes of Guatemala

“Photojournalism allows me to get close to events on the ground, so that I may better understand them as they unfold,” says award-winning photojournalist Daniele Volpe, who left his birthplace of Priverno, a small town in Latina, south of Rome, and made his home in Guatemala. “This kind of intimacy allows me to share my reportage and maybe draw the viewers in, making them feel closer to the subjects.” Volpe, now 34, started his career as a news photographer but soon felt unfulfilled. “There’s often little continuity in covering news, because news itself doesn’t always allow for follow-ups,” he explains. “As a natural consequence, I felt drawn to reportage, which allows for a more thoughtful approach to image-making, enabling me to tell a story, to create a narrative.” Guatemala is one of three countries in the Northern Triangle buckling from the strain of the gang-related activity that permeates every aspect of society. It has long been besieged by criminality, much of it attributed to two prominent gangs – Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and Barrio 18 …

2015-07-07T17:02:05+01:00

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