Fondation Carmignac launched the Carmignac photojournalism Award in 2009 with the purpose to support a photographer to question areas of the world at the centre of geostrategic conflicts, where human rights and freedom of speech are often violated, by offering 50,000€ to complete his/her project, financing a monograph and curating a touring exhibition.
For its 6th edition, the photographer Christophe Gin was awarded the prestigious grant for his report into France’s lawless areas, specifically Guyana.
Christophe Gin, a French photographer born in 1965, offers his viewer a complete immersion into the heart of a territory that usually remains outside the media spotlight – Guyana. He has been exploring Guyana since 2001, and reveals to us the complex human, legal, political and socioeconomic issues at its center, far from the regulations and norms of the metropolis.
Gin’s singular, almost pictorial black and white photography gives a certain distance to his images, allowing us to view Gin’s subjects from a perspective free from popular misconceptions. From the luxurious and seemingly infinite jungle of the Guyanese landscape, Gin’s subjects thus appear to us like representatives of a distant world, far from the realities of mainland France.
This exhibition is hosted in partnership with the Lambert Collection in order to join personal approaches to allow the public to discover new artistic proposals. This exhibition precedes the opening of Fondation Carmignac’s museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art in summer 2017, on the Island of Porquerolles (Var).
Carmignac photojournalism Award
3 Jul – 6 Nov 2016