I have been working as a documentary photographer for nearly thirty years. Over the past decade I have photographed life in the townships of Langa, Khayelitsha, Philippi and Mitchell's Plain outside of Cape Town, South Africa. My work there began during a Guggenheim Fellowship year for my exploration of the culture of amateur boxing. During my trip, I met people living in Langa and Khayelitsha and began photographing the Luvuyo Boxing Club in Khayelitsha. I felt uncomfortable as another white person with a camera, photographing people with less resources and access to power. Subsequently, I cut my trip short, unsure of the work I was doing and who would actually benefit from it. Upon my return to the States, I looked at the pictures I had made decided to go back to learn more, to further explore post-apartheid life in black communities. After over a dozen trips and more than a thousand rolls of film, I began to believe that the pictures mattered-they were not about people as victims, or about poverty, or any of those things we imagine life in black South African townships to be.
Outside the cities frequented by tourists and business travelers, in vibrant townships, I found beauty and strength and all the contradictions of being human in the people I photographed; a preacher testifying to his rapt congregation; a couple's loving embrace at dayâs end; the proud regard of my friend Sindi in her traditional Xhosa dress; the moving funeral of a young Sotho man; the poetry and grace of a girl dancing on a warm Sunday afternoon; and the striking face of âDream Girl,â a young woman studying to be a traditional healer, a âsangoma."
This work has taken me into classrooms of overcrowded schools, the emergency room of an underfunded government hospital, burgeoning churches and the homes of those who live there. With South Africaâs current political climate, economic instability and increasing social unrest, these images serve as a reminder of all that is at stake in this fragile new democracy.
In Las Vegas, everything seems possible, indifference above all. "Insert Coins is a blues" in the words of the author. Its pace is melancholic and dark, intertwined with a poem that makes the unacceptable watchable, injecting humanity where the die is definitely cast.
British photographer Rip Hopkins presents us here with a surprising range of 96 portraits he made in Belgium, the country of aristocracy.
Belgian historian Olivier de Trazegnies explores the paradoxes of Belgian aristocracy, while French Author Pauline de la Boulaye, like a botanist pinning a butterfly, examines closely these representations of nobility .
For each family portrayed, its history, titles and motto are explained. Text from: Olivier de Trazegnies et Pauline de La Boulaye Editor: Filigranes Editions (2016) 240 pages Size: 25 x 34 cm
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.\"
Directed by Miquel Dewever-Plana et Isabelle FougĂšre
The webdocumentary Alma, a tale of violence by Miquel Dewever-Plana and Isabelle FougĂšre was awarded the first prize of World Press Photo Multimedia Contest (categorie Interactive documentary).
Alma is a young woman who has been, for 5 years, a member of one of Guatemala's most violent street-gang. 5 years during which she has killed, extorted, beaten and terrorized countless innocents. Then, when she tried to leave the gang, her former companions rather tried to kill her instead of allowing her to turn her life around.
A former criminal, a survivor, a victim of her social background, a woman in search of redemption: Alma is all of that.
Today, in a subtly interactive "eye to eye" confession, she tells everything about the unmeasurable violence ravaging her country.
"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...
"In Sudan, birth can sometimes seem merely more opportunity for death. Africaâs largest country splits in two on July 9, forming a new, smaller north Sudan and a wholly new South Sudan. But rather than finally bringing an end to more than 50 years of fighting, the split is throwing up a whole new set of conflicts â inside both north and south..."
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.
Sudan, the largest country in Africa is hurtling towards a crucial moment in its history.
In January 2011 southerners has hold a referendum. Its results (98,8% of Yes) has determined that Africaâs largest country splits â giving birth to the worldâs newest nation. But it remains unknown whether the birth will happen through war or peace.
In January 2005 a peace agreement, that ended the longest African civil war, was signed between North and South Sudan.
Despite the expertsâ estimates, the self-determination referendum has been ready on time.
Mortality rates remain high, malnutrition is chronic and...
- 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.
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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 !
Christian Lutz latest book Â« In Jesusâ Name Â» has been banned ten days after its official launch, in November 2012. This decision by the Swiss Court was confirmed on the 24th of January 2013.
Â« Jesusâ Name Â» was produced with the help of the Swiss Confederation, the city of Geneva and of other prestigious foundations. Unfortunately, as soon as the book was out on the shelves, it was banned by court order (Zurich Tribunal).
21 members of the Evangelic Church of Zurich (ICF, International Christian Fellowship), who appear in the book, have press charges against Christian Lutz and his publisher, based on breach of privacy.
The photographer and the publisher appeared before the court last January 24th.
The ban was then confirmed.
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.
Miquel Dewever-Plana and Isabelle FougĂšreâs webdoc Â« Alma, a tale of violence Â» (co produced by ARTE France, UPIAN and Agence VU) was awarded the IDFA (International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam) DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling, in the Digital category, during the IDFA that took place between the 14th and 25th of November 2012.
This webdoc, which was posted on-line on ARTE website on the 25th of November, broke all records of audience with figures above 286 000 clicks and 1,4 million viewing. Figures which have never been seen in the history of web documentary.
A new webdocumentary by Miquel Dewever-Plana & Isabelle FougĂšre
Alma is 26 years old. During 5 years she was part of one of Guatemala's most violent gang, that today still tears apart the country in a war "without quarter".
An open confession in which the young woman's words open onto her memories of Guatemala's daily life and on the gangs viewed from inside.
A video documentary wich also introduces an Ipad application, a TV film, an exhibition and two books : Â«AlmaÂ» and Â«lâautre guerreÂ».
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
This photographic essay by Christain Lutz captures the closed world of those dealing with oil and gas in Nigeria. His sharp approach conveys malaise born of the consequences that the economic interests in question have on civil societies. The result is a bitter statement laying bare the unequal power relations between the dominators and the dominated, a dark picture of how the overly abundant mineral resources of Africa are being exploited.
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.