To live with your back against the wall. Men and women humiliated by life, eaten alive by drugs, never giving up.They know they are being tracked by police, hunted by paramilitaries and, above all, haunted by the agony that comes. However in the Cartucho, the Kingdom of elementary forces, something stronger arises; a powerful will to exist and survive through these trials to the end. Some smile when facing the lens, knowing that nothing makes sense. One after the other, lined up according to the photographer's instructions, they emerge from luminous backgrounds, intensifying shapes and colors. By accepting the photographers invitation, the outcasts show a pride and lucidity that can't be found anywhere, except in despair.
Nowhere can we better see the difficult relationship between empathy and photography. We're at the border of the testimony, the border of morals. The time has come for the miserable to overcome the camera and operator. Without illusions or actual hope, they show themselves, flaunting themselves in the hope of regaining dignity. Because behind that wall, knowing that we're watching, they send us their silent images, snatched from destiny and stolen from death.
Roger Ballen is one of the most original image makers of the twenty-first century. Asylum of the Birds showcases his iconic photographs, which were all taken entirely within the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which remains a tightly guarded secret. The inhabitants of the house, both people and animals, and most notably the ever-present birds, are the cast who perform within a sculptural and decorated theatrical interior that the author creates and orchestrates.
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 .
With more than 39 million hits and counting since its uploading on YouTube, \"I Fink You Freeky\" has brought its director Roger Ballen and its subject, rap group Die Antwoord, into the zeitgeist of young people around the globe.
Shot in black and white and featuring imagery, scenes and subjects from Ballen\'s stunning photographic work, the video, with its infectious beat and Die Antwoord\'s ingenious blend of hip-hop, rap and rave, has been a huge critical success.
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 Denisâ€™s scraps and interviewed his customers. Many had been affected by the war in northern Uganda, which lasted some two decades. Taken for driverâ€™s licenses, new job and loan applications, the photos were the means for Ugandans to start new chapters in their lives. The â€śleftovers,â€ť 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 â€śagony of an entire communityâ€ť 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 worldâ€™s 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 portraitâ€™s 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 FougĂ¨re
The webdocumentary Alma, a tale of violence by Miquel Dewever-Plana and Isabelle FougĂ¨re 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 â€śActâ€ť, 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 donâ€™t 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. Africaâ€™s 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 Dailleuxâ€™s new book Impressions dâ€™Egypte is a dream-like portrait of the country he has been intimately involved with since 1992. â€śI fell in love in Egypt, with Egyptâ€ť says Dailleux. â€śI discovered the pleasures of the oriental luxury, evenings on the banks of the Nile, the music and the smell of bay trees.â€ť
David Sauveur has written an exclusive text for La Lettre de la Photographie:
â€śOnce upon a time there was a revolutionâ€¦ 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.
â€śNow itâ€™s him or us! We know that Gaddafi will be merciless if we lose the battleâ€¦â€ť
Until the 23rd of April, 2011, the Parisian gallery â€śin cameraâ€ť will be presenting a series of pictures taken from â€śDistressâ€ť 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 Africaâ€™s largest country splits â€“ giving birth to the worldâ€™s 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 seenâ€¦ 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.
"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 â€śBons Amisâ€ť 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 FougĂ¨reâ€™s 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 FougĂ¨re
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«lâ€™autre 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 lâ€™Image 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.