Carmignac Photojournalism Award retrospective

07 November 2015


The Fondation Carmignac has announced the exhibition Carmignac Photojournalism Award: A Retrospective which will take place at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 18 November-13 December 2015. The retrospective will feature a selection of forty works, produced since the Award’s 2009 inception by all laureates past and present.  

1st room - Newsha Tavakolian. The first room of the exhibition will be entirely dedicated to the Iranian photojournalist and fifth Carmignac laureate, Newsha Tavakolian. Tavakolian’s project explores the lives of young middle class Iranians caught between the pressures of an increasingly modern society and a revolutionary Islamic ideology. Photographs from the winning project made in 2013, will be shown alongside video installations first exhibited at the Venice Biennale this year. 

2nd room - Davide Monteleone, Robin Hammond, Massimo Berruti, Kai Wiedenhöfer, Christophe Gin. Chechnya forms the focus of four works on show by Italian photojournalist, Davide Monteleone. Taken from the report Monteleone produced from December 2012 - April 2013 as part of the fourth Carmignac laureateship, the portfolio’s title Spasibo, (Russian for ‘thank you’) can be interpreted as an ironic gesture of gratitude to Chechnya’s oppressors. 

Four works will also be displayed by third winner of the Award, Robin Hammond. Taking Zimbabwe as its subject, Hammond’s work charts the violent decline of the country at the mercy of the Mugabe regime. On two occasions during the process, officials caught up with Hammond, culminating in a 26-day imprisonment and eventual deportation as a ‘Prohibited Immigrant’. Documenting the Pashtun civilian militia’s conflicts with the Taliban in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, second laureate Massimo Berruti’s report reveals both the situation caused by Taliban, and the resistance mounted by the local population with only minimal resources. 

The exhibition line-up is completed by the Award’s first ever laureate, Kai Wiedenhöfer. Photographs from his series, focused on the theme of Gaza, aim to provide an unsentimental portrayal of the Israeli attack that took place in January 2009 and its effects on the people and the buildings of the Strip. At the end of the exhibition, the incumbent laureate Christophe Gin announced September 2015 at Visa pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, will introduce his series about Guiana, Colonie (Colony) with one photograph. Working to the theme of Lawless Areas in France - selected by the Fondation Carmignac as the subject for the sixth edition of the Award - his black and white photographs investigate the highly hermetic societies. An exhibition dedicated to this series will be presented at the Chapelle des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 5 November to 5 December 2015. 

The Fondation Carmignac launched the Carmignac photojournalism Award in 2009 with the aim of supporting and celebrating photojournalism. This unique Award funds an emerging photographer to visit areas of the world at the centre of geostrategic conflict, where human rights and freedom of speech are often violated. The Award focuses on specific geographical zones, and the theme changes annually. Previous themes chosen include: Gaza; Pashtunistan; Zimbabwe; Chechnya; Iran; and Lawless Areas in France. 

A key aim of the Award is to support the winning photojournalist by providing a global platform for their work to be seen and collected. The Fondation Carmignac collaborates with the winner throughout the entire project offering the laureate 50,000€ to allow he to perform his project, financing a monograph and developing and staging an international touring exhibition upon their return. The Fondation Carmignac also commits to purchasing four photographs from the winner’s portfolio, which then enter Carmignac’s prestigious art collection. 

The exhibition takes place at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, London, SW3 4RY. Open every day from 10am to 6pm. Free admission. See:  

Image: © Massimo Berruti, Mahnbanr, 2011.