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Deadline approaching in €50,000 photojournalism prize

“Photojournalists have less than two weeks left to enter the third edition of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award, which comes with a €50,000 grant.

The Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award was created two years ago to help fund a photojournalism report “on a proposed topic directly related to current affairs, over several months.” It has been designed to allow photographers to “continue visiting zones that are neglected by the mainstream media outside of periods of conflict,” while celebrating the photographers’ “courage, audacity, freedom and determination,” according to Edouard Carmignac.

Each year, one region of the world is chosen as the focus of the Prix Carmignac Gestion. In 2009 and 2010, the prize went to photographers who focused on Palestine and Afghanistan. This year, the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award is looking for projects made in Zimbabwe or relating to the South African country. Entries will be judged by a panel chaired by Magnum Photos member Susan Meiselas.” Author: Olivier Laurent in the BJP....more

Image © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU’ for Carmignac Gestion Foundation.

 

A view on the Steve McCurry Exhibition currently in London

Hugh Fane, a regular course attendee at OSP and friend has been to see the Steve McCurry exhibition, if you missed our previous post about this must see exhibition  here is a link

This is a brief opinion and , giving a good reason for going to see the show

“Just a quick email to say I went to the Steve McCurry exhibition at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs and it was really interesting to see his images enlarged and in a gallery environment. His singular use of colour is much more evident and striking when you see the images in print form rather than in a book or on screen. Sadly I didn’t have a spare £5700 for the “Afghan girl” although I think he has taken more powerful photographs than that one.” Thanks Hugh

Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs a new book

Phaidon Press have contacted me and asked that I let you know about a new Steve McCurry book they have just published called “Iconic Photographs” this is large format and by the look of it expensive but almost certainly a beautiful book with outstanding images. Here are some bits of information about the book and Steve McCurry

About the book
Through an instantly recognizable aesthetic, an innate eye for colour, and his remarkable ability to capture the fundamental essence of his subject, Steve McCurry has carved a reputation as one of the most outstanding photographers of our time.The unique quality of McCurry’s work lies in his skill in combining the intimacy of the immediate moment with a spectacular and arresting vision of the world – his photographs are at once both naturalistic and otherworldly. The Iconic Photographs collates McCurry’s very finest images – capturing scenes from far-flung corners of India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East – that transport the viewer to distant lands and witness the humour, tragedy, deprivation and courage of his subjects.

These pictures provide a glimpse into the everyday lives of normal people around the world. The acts of praying, sleeping, laughing, fishing, cleaning and sheltering – all the vagaries of human life – are elevated in poignantly beautiful stills; while stunning landscapes immerse the viewer in blazing sunsets, torrential rains, and dusty arid days. McCurry’s most famous portraits of serene monks, bearded elders, excitable school children and the striking ‘Afghan Girl’, are reproduced life-size so that the viewer can meet them eye-to-eye.

The Iconic Photographs transcends lifetimes and cultures, chronicling urban hustle and bustle, agricultural toil and the peaceful isolation of the wilderness in an unforgettable collection that spans an exceptional career.

Steve McCurry (b.1950) launched his career as a photojournalist when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan thirty years ago. His remarkable coverage won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal, which is awarded to photographers who exhibit exceptional courage and enterprise. Famous also for his work in Southeast Asia, McCurry’s photographs are beautiful, uplifting and affecting. McCurry is a regular contributor to many international journals including National Geographic magazine. He is a member of Magnum Photos.

here is a link to their page about the book

There are also links to a video where Steve talks about one of his most appreciated pictures Steve McCurry shares the story behind his iconic photograph: ‘Beggar Girl, Bombay, India’ (1993) and on the same page many other links to stories and videos about this master photographer

Five years in Afghanistan

Canadian photographer Louie Palu has been photographing the conflict in Afghanistan for the past five years. During that time his work from the frontlilne has been widely published and has won him numerous awards, including Canadian photojournalist of the year. Now, however, his focus is shifting to editing the work into a comprehensive record of the country’s latest conflict, and with that comes a chance to see his pictures of a quieter Afghanistan.

Louie made his first trip to Kandahar in 2006 while on assignment for The Globe and Mail, a national newspaper in Canada, and since then has undertaken five additional trips working independently between 2007 and 2010, in total spending approximately 18 months in the field. Full article….

Louie’s website has more wonderful images so if you like what you see go and have a look there as well as at the BBC article.