Vanessa
Winship

Vanessa Winship

biography


Vanessa Winship studied film before teaching photography in London. She joined Agence VU’ in 2005 and began long-term projects in the Balkans with her husband, the photographer Georges Gerogiou. She prefers black and white and portrait format, bare and frontal. She became known for her series on Anatolian schoolgirls in uniform, published in the book Sweet Nothings. Far from the watered-down clichés associated with childhood, she rigorously and systematically frames little girls who pose seriously, with serious eyes, in their classrooms or in front of mountainous landscapes.

In 2011, she begins a trip to the United States that leads to the publication of the book She Dances on Jackson, whose title refers to a missed photograph, the description of a scene she was unable to capture. Portraits, landscapes and urban views follow one another to form a poetic and melancholic vision of the country, made of details and interstices.

She is the winner of the HCB Prize awarded by the Fondation Cartier-Bresson for her work “Là-bas, une odyssée américaine” which presents a reflection on America and the concepts of borders, territories, history and memory. This prize allows her to complete her series and to be exhibited in 2013 at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The first retrospective of his work will be presented in 2014 at the MAPFRE Foundation in Madrid.

Series


Sete#19, 2019

Serie | Landscapes, people, a sensitive black and white, without effect, vibrating with subtle greys, the feeling that spaces are inhabited, that they contain memories, traces, that man, without it being obvious, has shaped and inhabited them...

She Dances on Jackson, 2013

Serie | For more than a year, Vanessa Winship has traveled across the United States, from California to Virginia, from New Mexico to Montana, in pursuit of the mirage of the "American Dream".

Georgia Seeds Carried by the Wind, 2009

Serie | When I returned in 2008, after a summer of war with its powerful neighbor. I found my friends exhausted but alive in a way that is only possible when one is so close to death.

Black Sea, Between Chronicle and Fiction, Imagined States and Desires, A Balkan Journey, Part 3, 2008

Serie | On eight occasions, the British photographer Vanessa Winship visited the shores of the Black Sea.

Black Sea, Between Chronicle and Fiction, Part 2, 2008

Serie | For several months she photographed exclusively in black and white the six coastal countries of Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.

Black Sea, Between Chronicle and Fiction, Part1, 2007

Serie | On eight occasions, the British photographer Vanessa Winship visited the shores of the Black Sea.

Sweet Nothings, 2007

Serie | These dresses with their lace collars and sweet messages embroidered on the bodices, were the symbol of the Turkish state, but the girls who wore them were simply little girls...

Sete#19, 2019

Serie | Landscapes, people, a sensitive black and white, without effect, vibrating with subtle greys, the feeling that spaces are inhabited, that they contain memories, traces, that man, without it being obvious, has shaped and inhabited them...

She Dances on Jackson, 2013

Serie | For more than a year, Vanessa Winship has traveled across the United States, from California to Virginia, from New Mexico to Montana, in pursuit of the mirage of the "American Dream".

Georgia Seeds Carried by the Wind, 2009

Serie | When I returned in 2008, after a summer of war with its powerful neighbor. I found my friends exhausted but alive in a way that is only possible when one is so close to death.

Black Sea, Between Chronicle and Fiction, Imagined States and Desires, A Balkan Journey, Part 3, 2008

Serie | On eight occasions, the British photographer Vanessa Winship visited the shores of the Black Sea.

Black Sea, Between Chronicle and Fiction, Part 2, 2008

Serie | For several months she photographed exclusively in black and white the six coastal countries of Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.

Black Sea, Between Chronicle and Fiction, Part1, 2007

Serie | On eight occasions, the British photographer Vanessa Winship visited the shores of the Black Sea.

Sweet Nothings, 2007

Serie | These dresses with their lace collars and sweet messages embroidered on the bodices, were the symbol of the Turkish state, but the girls who wore them were simply little girls...

Sete#19, 2019

Serie | Landscapes, people, a sensitive black and white, without effect, vibrating with subtle greys, the feeling that spaces are inhabited, that they contain memories, traces, that man, without it being obvious, has shaped and inhabited them...

She Dances on Jackson, 2013

Serie | For more than a year, Vanessa Winship has traveled across the United States, from California to Virginia, from New Mexico to Montana, in pursuit of the mirage of the "American Dream".

Georgia Seeds Carried by the Wind, 2009

Serie | When I returned in 2008, after a summer of war with its powerful neighbor. I found my friends exhausted but alive in a way that is only possible when one is so close to death.

Black Sea, Between Chronicle and Fiction, Imagined States and Desires, A Balkan Journey, Part 3, 2008

Serie | On eight occasions, the British photographer Vanessa Winship visited the shores of the Black Sea.

Black Sea, Between Chronicle and Fiction, Part 2, 2008

Serie | For several months she photographed exclusively in black and white the six coastal countries of Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.

Black Sea, Between Chronicle and Fiction, Part1, 2007

Serie | On eight occasions, the British photographer Vanessa Winship visited the shores of the Black Sea.

Sweet Nothings, 2007

Serie | These dresses with their lace collars and sweet messages embroidered on the bodices, were the symbol of the Turkish state, but the girls who wore them were simply little girls...

Interviews


Interview of Vanessa Winship
Mack

2020

Photographer Vanessa Winship takes us on a tour of her vast collection of books (filmed by photographer George Georgiou): from old classics to recently published favorites, she introduces us to the photographs and artists that have accompanied her over the years

Artist Talk by Vanessa Winship
Chobi Mela

2019

As part of Chobi Mela, Vanessa Winship’s photography exhibition, She Dances on Jackson, is currently taking place at Alliance Française de Dhaka (AFD). The series presents landscapes of rural and urban American cities and suburbs and portraits of their inhabitants, all shot on film and printed in black and white.

Interview of Vanessa Winship, la Feria Plural
efti

2018

Vanessa Winship is one of the most renowned photographers on the international scene, with a career of over 20 years in long-term projects. She visited us for the first time to be our special guest at the Feria Plural and came to give a workshop at the International Master of Contemporary Photography.

Interview of Vanessa Winship
Olivier Corsan

2013

Interview of the British photographer Vanessa Winship on the occasion of her exhibition “She dances on Jackson” at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in 2018 in Paris.

Interview of Vanessa Winship
Time in Turkey

2012

A photograph is the eye and the heart of a newspaper. The daily newspaper Zaman crowns its 25-year journey with a project that is the most comprehensive photographic work ever launched in Turkey. Within the framework of this project, entitled “Türkiye’de Zaman”/Time in Turkey, our newspaper has invited 25 world-renowned photographers to tell stories in photos that reflect the life and problems of Turkey from their particular point of view.

Exhibitions


Sète#19

ImageSingulières, Sète (FRANCE)

From May 29 to June 16, 2019

And Time Folds

Barbican Art Gallery, Londres (ENGLAND)

From June 22 to September 2, 2018

Exposition Retrospective

Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid (SPAIN)

From April 27 to August 31, 2014

Books


Sète#19

Le Bec en l’Air Éditions - 2019

Sweet Nothings

Images en Manoeuvres Edition - 2008

Sète#19

Le Bec en l’Air Éditions - 2019

Sweet Nothings

Images en Manoeuvres Edition - 2008

Sète#19

Le Bec en l’Air Éditions - 2019

Sweet Nothings

Images en Manoeuvres Edition - 2008

Awards


Award of the World Photography Organisation, Sony, Iris D’Or

For the “Sweet Nothings” series

2011

Henri Cartier-Bresson Award

For the project “Over There: An American Odyssey”

2011

Descubrimientos PhotoEspagna Award

For the “Sweet Nothings” series

2010

Godfrey Argent Award, National Portrait Gallery, Second Award, London

For the “Sweet Nothings” series

2010

Second Prix du Prix Godfrey Argent, Galerie Nationale du Portrait, Londres

For the photography “Girl in a Golden Dress”

2009

Orvieto Book Award

Reportage section, for the book “Schwarzes Meer”

2008

Godfrey Argent Award, National Portrait Gallery, London

For the “Sweet Nothings” series

2008

World Press Photo, 1st Award

For the photography “Girls in rural areas of Eastern Turkey”, category “Portraits”, “Stories”

2007

Oskar Barnack Award, Honourable mention

For the« Albanian Landscape » project

2003