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Visa pour l’Image 2012 exhibitions revealed

Visa pour l’Image 2012 exhibitions revealed

© Julien Goldstein/Reportage by Getty Images

July 2012

The exhibition programme for the 24th Visa pour l’Image international festival of photojournalism (1 to 16 September 2012) has been confirmed and features the work of over 20 photographers, including the young photojournalist Rémi Ochlik who lost his life working in Syria in early 2012.

Thousands of people from the photo industry around the world will descend on the city of Perpignan, France, during the festival’s Professional Week (3 to 9 September) to view the exhibitions and evening screenings, soak up the atmosphere, gain inspiration and meet to do business. Lovers of photography, publishers, agencies and the general public will have the opportunity to mingle with some of the world’s best photojournalists in and around the many festival venues.

© Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 22 August 2010. New members of the United House of Prayer For All People are baptised by fire hose, a church tradition since 1926, at the end of the church’s annual convocation.

Amongst the confirmed exhibitions for this year’s Visa pour l’Image festival are:

  • Louis Gouliamaki, Angelos Tzortzinis and Aris Messinis (Agence France-Presse) – ‘The Shock Wave in Greece’, which documents recent civil unrest in Greece.
  • Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer – ‘Guantanamo’, featuring portraits of those imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as part of the ‘War on Terror’.
  • Jean-Louis Fernandez – ‘Intimité’, a retrospective of Fernandez’s performing arts images.
  • Julien Goldstein (Reportage by Getty Images) – ‘Kurdistan: People with no Rights, but Anger’, a project shot between 2007 and 2011.
  • Stanley Greene (Noor) – ‘Standing at the Graveyards of E-waste’, recycling ‘e-waste’ in Asia and Africa.
  • Robin Hammond (Panos) – ‘Condemned: Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis’.
  • Massoud Hossaini (Agence France-Presse) – ‘Afghanistan, seen from the inside’, an Afghan photographer documents the turmoil in his home country.
  • Justin Jin (Cosmos/Geo Germany) – ‘Zone of Absolute Discomfort: Advance and Retreat in Russia’s Arctic’.
  • Krisanne Johnson (Prospekt) – ‘Swaziland, 2006-2011’, documenting the coming of age of young women living amidst the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
  • Bénédicte Kurzen (Pulitzer Center) – ‘Nigeria, a nation lost to the gods’, a report on Nigeria’s often violent, internal struggles.
  • Erika Larsen (Redux Pictures for National Geographic Magazine) – ‘Sámi: the people that walk with reindeer (2007-2011)’, documenting the lives of reindeer herders in Scandinavia.
  • Jim Lo Scalzo (EPA) – ‘These American States’, Lo Scalzo travelled the US to document the extremes of American culture.
  • Mani (for Le Monde) – ‘Syria, inside Homs’, winner of the 2012 ICRC Visa d’or Humanitarian Award, sponsored by the SANOFI ESPOIR Foundation.
  • Doug Menuez (Contour by Getty Images/Stanford University Libraries) – ‘Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution, 1985-2000’, a long-term project featuring the technological innovators of Silicon Valley.
  • Ilvy Njiokiktjien – ‘Afrikaner Blood/The Born Free Generation’, winner of the Canon AFJ Award 2011 with a documentation of the indoctrination of young South Africans into adopting apartheid beliefs.
  • Rémi Ochlik (IP3 Press) – ‘2004-2012’, a retrospective of the young, award-winning French photojournalist who was killed in Homs, Syria, in February 2012.
  • Noël Quidu (commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication) – ‘The Rastafari Movement’, Quidu followed Rastafarians in Jamaica, Ethiopia, the US and Europe to record their culture and beliefs.
  • Johann Rousselot (Signatures) – ‘Freedom fighters’, images of freedom fighters behind the recent uprisings on the Arab world.
  • Stephanie Sinclair (VII for National Geographic Magazine) – ‘Child Brides’, documenting the stories of child brides in Afghanistan, Nepal, Ethiopia, India and Yemen.
  • Amy Toensing (National Geographic Magazine) – ‘Homelands: Indigenous Australia’, documenting the lives and lifestyles of Australia’s Aboriginals.
  • Nik Wheeler – ‘The Marsh Arabs of Iraq’, shot in the late 1970s, Wheeler’s work was the only ever in-depth photo reportage in the marshes that was authorised by Saddam Hussein’s regime.
© Amy Toensing/National Geographic Magazine

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. Lawrence Hayes in front of his tin shack home in a town camp.

In addition to the exhibitions, from 3 to 8 September there will be nightly screenings of some of the best photojournalism of the past year, documenting the major events from September 2011 up to August 2012, and including special tributes to Göksin Sipahioglu, Rémi Ochlik and Eve Arnold.

As well as screenings and exhibitions around the city of Perpignan, the Palais des Congrès in central Perpignan will be the venue for a programme of seminars, debates and ‘Meet the photographers’ sessions. The venue will also host the Canon Space where photographers will be able to ‘touch and try’ the very latest Canon photography equipment, and view some of the most up-to-date Canon photo, video, and printer technologies.

To find out more about the latest updates and plans for the 24th Visa pour l'Image international festival of photojournalism just visit the Visa pour l'Image website. Keep visiting the CPN website in the near future for more news and details of Canon and CPN’s planned activities during the Visa pour l’Image 2012 festival.