What is to be said about this disconcerting, dizzy-making challenge? A displayed desire to be always re-writing the same story, differently? Does it call to mind the quest for a truth and its opposite, supreme chaos? Does it have to do both with the exercise of an extreme concentration and an anarchic outcome? At the beginning and end of Unknown, there is a geography, on the one hand of Europe and its centre, Germany and, on the other, North America, pivotal continent, mealting-pot of exiles and dreams, graveyard of dashed hopes and failures. And as in all geographies, there are rivalries here between centre and periphery, between new world and old, and armies of proletarians and exiles who periodically go from one to the other. At the origin of Unknown there is also the everlasting recommencement of a story, deliverance and oppression, going beyond history and oblivion. Horizon and loss.
WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2015
Long Term Projects, 1st Prize stories
\"I first met Julie on January 28, 1993. For the next 21 years I have photographed Julie Baird and her familyâs complex story of poverty, AIDS, drugs, multiple homes, relationships, births, deaths, loss and reunion. Following Julie from the streets of San Francisco to the woods of Alaska. By 2002, Julie had given birth to five children: Rachel, Tommy, Jordan, Ryan and Jason Jr. All were taken from her by the State of California. She had âstolenâ one newborn from the hospital so he wouldn\'t be taken. A stunt that cost Julie and her partner, Jason, time in jail. In 2008, Julie gave birth to her sixth child, Elyssa, the only one they were able to keep.\"
For several years, photographer Steeve Iuncker studied the passage from childhood to adulthood, examining the lack of clearly-identified rites in our secular societies. His pictures capture the acts of teenagers as they affiliate themselves with reckless rites. Risk-taking, seeking oblivion as a form of death and rebirth, testing boundaries and transformative acts â the photographer weaves a subtle visual coming-of-age landscape, reminding us of our own private rituals.
He maps unknown territories made up of hesitations as well as initiations, and, in a very personal way, examines a stage of life with all that it involves in terms of risk and pain in a world that offers few pointers. Parachuting, teenage pregnancies, drunken parties, periods of incubation and boredom, scarifications...
On November 2016, The United States of America will elect its 45th President. French voters will be called to the polls on Spring 2017 in order to elect the President of the French Republic. Two elections that VU\' photographers are already covering.
VU\' Politics is the new VU\' website, created to cover the many aspects of this electoral period: political, social, economical and cultural. Meetings, speeches, primaries... key moments that will be captured by our authors. Find here our first series and stay tuned for new contents.
The photographer Denis Darzacq likes to capture ephemeral moments, like in his series âLa Chuteâ (âThe Fallâ, 2005-2006), which shows bodies hovering just above the floor. For him, the Paris Operaâs proposal to work with dancers who are among the best in the world was a âmarvellous giftâ.
He has used it to explore a subject which is close to his heart : the dialogue between worlds that ignore each other and that seem antagonistic, the paradoxes that only appear as such. Since he believes that âwhoever you are, you always have something to learn from othersâ, Denis Darzacq asked the Opera dancers to improvise movements which are inspired by photos of handicapped people from his âActâ series (2008-2011) in the streets of Paris.
By reinterpreting these gestures of...
Andrew Quilty photographed The MSF hospital in Kunduz, a week after the bombings that destroyed it and killed at least thirty people. When he got in one of the operating rooms, he discovered the body of a man, still tied to the operating table where he was going through surgery right when the bombings occurred.
Andrew Quilty decided then to do all he can to find out about the identity of the man on the operating table. It took him 4 weeks to discover his name : Baynazar Mohammad Nazar, security guard and father of four.
Foreign Policy website has published the story Quilty wrote about Baynazar Mohammad Nazar, and tells about the painful struggle his family went through trying to find out what happened to him, in the chaos following the bombings.
Darcy Padilla on "Facing Change: Documenting America"
Directed by San Francisco Chronicle
In 2013, San Francisco photographer Darcy Padilla received an e-mail from the board of Facing Change Documenting America (FCDA) asking her if she would join their team of 10 renowned photojournalists to document important social issues facing Americans. The goal: raising awareness. Inspired by the work of the Farm Security Administration photographers of the Great Depression, FCDA partnered with the Library of Congress to produce a book of photographs with text written by Leah Bendavid-Val that portrays a nation struggling with poverty, housing, immigration, racism, war, economic disparity and natural disasters...
\"When Munem Wasif was offered a gallery exhibit to coincide with Paris Photo earlier this month, he chose to show âIn God We Trust,â his personal project on Islam in Bangladesh and his familyâs relationship to it. Although he was uncertain how people would respond to the exhibit, he felt that after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January in Paris that it was important to encourage people to think about Muslims in ways that did not play into stereotypes...\"
\"This is the trailer for ELLIS, a short film starring Robert De Niro, written by Eric Roth, directed by JR.
The short narrative film, ELLIS, awakens our collective memory. Leaving their past behind them, immigrants fleeing poverty, discrimination, dictatorship arrived there. Ellis Island was the gateway to the United States for millions of immigrants. Upon arrival, they were processed, approved or denied access. Due to sickness or simply tiredness, many were placed in the hospital. A purgatory of sorts, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, where thousands of men, women and children awaited their fate.
ELLIS tells the forgotten story of these immigrants who built America while questioning about those who currently seek the same opportunities and safety in this country and other...
This is a show in which Michael Ackermanâs photographs interact with Vincent Courtoisâs musical creations, which Courtois performs on his cello, allowing a lot of leeway for improvisation. In it we wanted to think about the rhythm of the images, and not be subjected to the usual norms of standardised screenings that âdonât go on too longâ. Slowing things down is also a way of allowing enough time for gazes to cross and be exchanged. The presentation of the photographs is not a âslide showâ, because our aim is to make them exist in the space so that they construct it, deconstruct it and reinvent it. And nor is it a âmusical illustrationâ, which are unfortunately presented far too often when it is a matter of either âsoundtrackingâ the images, or âaccompanyingâ...
âThe Inge Morath Truck Projectâ is a photographic road trip and traveling exhibition. Nine female photographers will convert a truck into a mobile gallery and drive it along the length of the Danube River through Central and Eastern Europe. The exhibition will feature the work of renowned photographer Inge Morath, who photographed life along the Danube before and after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
During the 35-day road trip, the nine women photographers, whose Kathryn Cook and Claire Martin, will meet local population, by organizing evening portfolio reviews with local photography groups and by inviting local women photographers to collaborate with them along the way.
The ambitious project will culminate with a large-scale exhibition, a feature documentary film about the tour and...
On February 17, 2014 Massimo Berruti climbed to the third place in the category \"Photographer of the Year - Freelance/Agency\" of the Picture Of the Year International Price, which honors his entire photographic work, and more particularly his recent work in Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt.
Â« I\'m very proud to be placed third for Photographer of the Year at POYi awards! Â» Massimo Berruti
POYi is a worldwide competition rewarding documentary photography and photojournalism. Each year, more than 48 000 entered works are submitted by photojournalists from 71 different nations, the most prestigious and the most coveted categories being In-depth documentary projects as well as Photographer of the year.
The 2014 International Environmental Film Festival has given the web documentary award to Fort Mc Money
After the 2009 web documentary \"Prison Valley\", which was awarded many prestigious prizes and has become a reference in the world of web documentaries; Journalist David Dufresne and photographer Philippe Brault have returned with \"Fort Mc Money\". This web documentary/on line game takes the inernaut in the heart of the petrol industry, by giving him the possibility to take control and decided of the futur of the town of Fort McMoney, the virtual twin of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray.
In ten years, Fort McMurray (Canada\'s largest oil reserve and the world\'s third petrol reserve) has grown from a population of 10.000 to one of 100.000. Everyday, millions of barrels of petrol are being extracted, and in less than twenty years, this figure cinq be five times higher.
JR was recently invited by the New York City Ballet to create a large-scale art installation, in collaboration with the dancers of the Company, for their 2014 Art Series.
His work will be on view at three special New York City Ballet Art Series performances on January 23rd, February 7th and February 13th, where all tickets are priced at $29, and all audience members will receive a limited edition commemorative piece.
Performances will go on sale to the public on January 6th, however, JR\'s friends and followers have access to a special allotment of seats (limit 4/performance) for advance purchase starting now, through this Sunday January 5th at 12PM (EST), using the special code 99PRINTS on nycballet.com/artseries .
Bangladesh â Through rediscovering his own culture, Munem Wasif aims to raise awareness around the world with compelling images of his Bangladeshi homeland. His photography is deployed as an elaborate tool for storytelling; the intention of his work being to get viewers to gain an understanding and appreciate the smaller unnoticed fragments of life in his part of the world.
Visiting the town of Gulu in northern Uganda, the Italian photographer Martina Bacigalupo happened upon discarded portraits with the subjectsâ faces removed. They led her to the Gulu Real Art Studio, where Obal Denis sold ID photos by cutting rectangles out of larger prints. Bacigalupo gathered Denisâs scraps and interviewed his customers. Many had been affected by the war in northern Uganda, which lasted some two decades. Taken for driverâs licenses, new job and loan applications, the photos were the means for Ugandans to start new chapters in their lives. The âleftovers,â as Bacigalupo calls the images â showing at the Walther Collection Project Space in New York next month â evoke in her mind both the âagony of an entire communityâ and its resilience.
For INSIDE OUT NEW YORK CITY, JR and his team invite New Yorkers and visitors to take self-portraits in a photo booth truck stationed in Times Square, the site of the worldâs first ever photo booth almost 100 years ago. The posters will be pasted on Duffy Square in Times Square, or in the home community of the portraitâs subject.
Over 80 % of the budget has already been collected, there are 3 days left to make happen the new project \"Bons Amis\", by MichaĂ«l Zumstein, to support on Emphas.is!
\"After following the 2011 Ivorian political crisis, I would like to pursue and go deeper into this reportage.
Going back to Ivory Coast would allow me to document the reasons behind this crisis, but also the reconciliation process and the memory of duty after such violence.\"
"Xavier, a young man suffering from AIDS, agreed to be photographed every thursday, at 3pm, until his death. The result of this work by Steeve Iuncker is published in a stunning and extremely moving book."
Ian Teh has been photographing China for over ten years, long before the tsunami of photographers arrived to photograph the rapidly changing industrial landscape and the rise of the glittering Olympian power.
Act (2009-2011) is the result of a long work that Denis Darzacq shot, in France, in Great Britain and in States, with youg people and adults who are handiccaped.
Â« After my last works where I took pictures young people in very good form, it was a way to conquer some unknown territories, it means to reject my fear of other and his difference Â» (Interview with Virgin Chardin published in âActâ, Actes Sud)
Denis Darzac invited them to exit from medicalized places and doing some new gestures for them. If some of them are actors, sportsmen or dancers, all found with act and personal appropriateness of the common space, the way to affirm another themselves-image.
These productions donât aim spectacular. They help a though about difficulties and stigmatisations of some groups,...
Equipped with a sign explaining in Russian that would we were looking for people to pose for us, we sought out pedestrians between 10 am and 5 pm. Stationing our large format, 4x5-inch folding camera at strategic locations bearing political or cultural significance, we moved each day to cover a new neighborhood or demographic. Just as...
Denis Dailleuxâs new book Impressions dâEgypte is a dream-like portrait of the country he has been intimately involved with since 1992. âI fell in love in Egypt, with Egyptâ says Dailleux. âI discovered the pleasures of the oriental luxury, evenings on the banks of the Nile, the music and the smell of bay trees.â
David Sauveur has written an exclusive text for La Lettre de la Photographie:
âOnce upon a time there was a revolutionâŠ It is the story of a people delving into war, the moment they chose to take arms against their tyrant to defend their freedom. Workers, students, university professors, engineers, fathers, taxi drivers: people like you and me who have chosen to go beyond the point of no return and become an army themselves.
âNow itâs him or us! We know that Gaddafi will be merciless if we lose the battleâŠâ
Until the 23rd of April, 2011, the Parisian gallery âin cameraâ will be presenting a series of pictures taken from âDistressâ the latest work from a most extraordinary photographer. Â« To the cities I came in a time of disorder. That was ruled by hunger. I sheltered with the people...
She seems thin and fragile, but her potraits forceful and demonstrate a perfect mastery of her photographic tools. The three series presented at the VU gallery : Georgia, Sweet nothing, and Latvia show anonymous portraits of people living in Georgia, Estonia, and Turkey. To remind us that we are not the only ones on Earth.
Between the years 2005 and 2010, GaĂ«l Turine documented several Voodoo ceremonies, pilgrimages and rituals in various locations, such as in Haiti, Benin and the United States.
Voodoo was created by African slaves brought to Haiti in the 16th century who, when forced by their enslavers to adopt the Christian religion, still followed their traditional beliefs by merging them with the beliefs and practices associated with Roman Catholic Christianity. It was declared the official religion of Haiti in 2003.
- Stories : more than 800 news stories, society topics, portraits, with chronological, alphabetical and geographical browses.
- Photographers : photographers biographies and stories.
- Galerie VUâ : selection of pictures from the current exhibition.
- News : exhibitions, books, awards...
Eve Jackson speaks to one of the world's leading photo journalists, Jane Evelyn Atwood. She's managed to penetrate worlds most of us do not know. Her work in prisons, with prostitutes and the victims of land mines has been published and exhibited worldwide. She is fighting for the release from jail of Gaile Owens, a woman who has been languishing on death row since 1986.
Welcome to CaĂ±on City, Colorado.
A town in the middle of nowhere with 36,000 souls and 13 prisons, one of which is Supermax, the new 'Alcatraz' of America. A prison town where even those living on the outside live on the inside. A journey into what the future might hold.
Directed by Euronews Interview by Ricardo Figueira
The fall of the Berlin Wall was, without doubt, one of the major events of the second half of the 20th Century. But if you know the whole story, it is largely thanks to the media, thanks to the photographs we have seenâŠ photos that have made headlines and become iconic images around the world.
For its issue number 4 released, VU MAG has chosen the theme of the Arab and Persian world. Through portfolios, cartes blanches, crossed point of views and specialists reviews, VU MAG Emergence explores the different aspects of this universe.
The website Kiss Kiss Bank Bank offers to support the publishing of the book Canada Canada gathering intimate and quirky photographs taken by Rip Hopkins.
Photographic exploration or cinematographic fantasy, Hopkins went on a quest to seek Canada\'s history and identity for its 150th birthday in 2017. From a policeman to a priest, from a pensioner to a tattooed man, each one of the 150 photographs has its own scenario and in it, everyone plays their own role, in their reality. The pictures have a common point though : the portraitist hides in them.
Come to meet VUâ photographers at the Galerie VU'
Saturday 12th November 2016, from 4pm to 7 pm.
VUâ photographers, Agency & Gallery, invite you to share a privileged moment of exchange at the gallery, Hotel Paul Delaroche, Paris 9e.
Seize this opportunity to question or talk with our authors but also to discover their last books, rare and special editions or limited series - some of them will be presented exclusively for the event -. Donât miss it !
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Darcy Padilla, 1st Prize stories, Long Term Projects, for \'\'Family Love 1993-2014\'\'.
\'\'I first met Julie on January 28, 1993. For the next 21 years I have photographed Julie Baird and her familyâs complex story of poverty, AIDS, drugs, multiple homes, relationships, births, deaths, loss and reunion. \'\'
"Bons Amis" supported by Amnesty International (France)
Amnesty International (France) has given the project its official support. This is a great honour and I am very proud to be backed up by this worldwide renowned organization that fights for humans rights and which, thanks to its researchers and specialists, keeps informing us on the absolute necessity of a true justice in Ivory Coast.
Please keep sharing and backing up the âBons Amisâ project !
Come and celebrate the launch
Thursday, 24 january 2013 at Gallery VU (From 6 to 9 PM -Free entrance)
To all lovers of contemporary photography, La Boutique VU will offer for sale more than 150 "objects". As a gift for yourself or to others you will be able to choose from signed books, rare books, special editions and limited editions, Cds or DVDs, posters and monographs, exhibition objects or small resin sculptures of Mr Pink Man (as the one above â 41cm high - limited edition) by Manit Sriwanichpoom.
La Fnac installe de nouveau ces studios photo les 5, 6 et 7 octobre dans ses 6 magasins parisiens et invite les photographes de l'Agence VUâ : Denis Darzacq, Stan Guigui, Rip Hopkins, FranĂ§oise Huguier, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto et Paolo Verzone.
Agence VU is very happy and proud to announce that Denis Darzacq - a member of both the agency and the gallery VU - has been awarded the Prix Niepce 2012.
Considered as the Goncourt prize of photography, the Niepce Prize has been awarded annually since 1955 to a professional photographer who has lived and worked in France for over 3 years and is younger than 50 years of age.
LES 1ER ET 2 JUIN, LA FNAC MET L'ART DU PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHIQUE A L'HONNEUR EN PROPOSANT DES Â«PORTRAITS DE FAMILLEÂ» PAR LES PHOTOGRAPHES DE L'AGENCE VU' : BERTRAND DESPREZ, GILLES FAVIER, STEEVE IUNCKER, PAOLO VERZONE ET PHILIPPE BRAULT
New app available for free From August 29th to September 4th, during VISA pour lâImage festival 2011.
The new Agence VU Iphone 2.0 app is now available. It has a greater and easier usage with the pre-upload of the pictures in a cache for a quicker display and a smoother browsing
Agence VU offers more than 1100 stories about news, society features, portraits...available in chronological or alphabetical order, by location or photographer, accompanied by the biography of each photographer.
Massimo Berruti, prizewinner of the Prix Carmignac Gestion du photojournalisme
For this second edition, the theme suggested to the photographers was the Pashtunistan, a strategic border zone between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Massimo Berruti chose to immerse himself in the Swat Valley (in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) to witness the Lashkarsâ everyday life. Supported by the Pakistani army , they form a civil militia which puts itself forward, facing the Taliban threat in order to defend their own.