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Darcy Padilla

Social-documentary photographer based in San Francisco.

She photographs the homeless, junkies, marginal. She becomes "officially appointed to the poor" as defined Emmanuel Carrère, French novelist, screenwriter and director.

From 1993 to 2011, Darcy Padilla followed and photographed the life of Julie, now defunct. Young woman with AIDS, she lived alone in extreme poverty and became a mother of two children that Darcy takes care now ... For this exceptional work "Julie 1993-2010", she received several awards including the W. Eugene Smith humanitarian photography, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography in 2010 and a World Press Photo in 2011.

In 2013, she received resources from St Brieuc Photoreporter Festival for his work about shale gas, the black gold of North Dakota. Her latest works focused specifically on the United States.

In 2014 she published the book "Family love" which contains her photos from "The Julie project" and texts of french writer Emmanuel Carrère.


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Series

United States Presidential Primary (2016)

The primaries of the Democrat and Republican parties are one of the key moments of the American presidential campaign. The whole country is focused on the choice of the two candidates who will run for president next November. The primaries introduce the campaign with explosive talks between embittered opponents and its share of surprises. Hillary Clinton, the democrat favorite, might have been undermined by the unexpected success of her more radical opponent Bernie Sanders, thought the Super Tuesday enforced her position. Everybody has been stunned by unpredicted triumph of the real estate tycoon Donald Trump who won the overwhelming majority of the republican votes through hatred...

USA, “Drill Baby Drill”, a new black gold rush (2013)

The new black gold is neither solid nor liquid. Insidiously, the shale gas is expanding a control on the land and people in North Dakota. Two years ago, America was importing two thirds of its oil. Today, it imports less than half. By 2017, the US could be the world's largest oil producer. Places like Williston are the reason. Advances in technologies as "fracking" and horizontal drilling have made billions of barrels of oil available under North Dakota. And oil companies are coming from all over the country now. Williston’s population has grown from 12,000 to 20,000. Unemployment is less than 2 percent and there are between 2,000 and 3,000 job openings. No one imagined tanker...

Four more years : 2012 US’s elections (2012)

The American photographer, Darcy Padilla, followed the 2012 presidential election, wined by the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, were elected to a second term Darcy Padilla shot the chronic of the campaign, from the Republican and Democrat National Conventions to the last of the three broadcasted TV debates. She brought back images of the confrontations and debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and images from the new president’s speech given in Chicago, on 06th of November, 2012.

Julie 1993-2010, USA (2010)

I first met Julie on February 28, 1993. Julie, 18, stood in the lobby of the Ambassador Hotel, barefoot, pants unzipped, and an 8 day-old infant in her arms. She lived in San Francisco’s SRO district, a neighborhood of soup kitchens and cheap rooms. Her room was piled with clothes, overfull ashtrays and trash. She lived with Jack, father of her first baby Rachael, and who had given her AIDS. She left him months later to stop using drugs. Her first memory of her mother is getting drunk with her at 6 and then being sexually abused by her stepfather. She ran away at 14 and became drug addict at 15. Living in alleys, crack ens, and bunked with more dirty old men than she cared to...

Y.R.C, USA (2009)

Sometimes I wish you could step into my cage. For just a little while, to think what I think, to see what I see, to feel what I feel, to understand the confusion, the fear, the terror… If you were able to live inside this cage, even for a moment, you would see my anxieties, yet so often my thoughts are of freedom... Y.R.C. Resident The Youth Rehabilitation Center (YRC) in St. Croix is the only juvenile detention facility for the U.S. Virgins Islands. Young men and women, age 12 to 18, are detained in a substandard environment - rust stains on the walls, peeling paint and crumbling ceilings. The daily instructional time is limited to anywhere from zero to just...

Barack Obama's election (2009)

American photographer Darcy Padilla followed the campaign of Barack Obama to the U.S. Presidency in 2008. American photographer Darcy Padilla followed the campaign of Barack Obama to the U.S. Presidency in 2008. From his nomination during the Democratic National Convention in Denver, to Election Night in Chicago, to his Presidential Inauguration on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., Darcy Padilla followed Barack Obama's journey to becoming America's first African-American President. An occasion to grasp a crowd of personalities and anonymous brought together as proud supporters of the man in whom they laid all of their expectations.

Books

Family love

En 1993, Darcy Padilla, journaliste photographe-reporter, rencontre Julie Baird au cours d’un reportage à l’Ambassador, un de ces hôtels du quartier de Tenderloin, à San Francisco, qui tient lieu d’annexe aux hôpitaux surchargés. Elle la suit pendant 18 ans, jusqu’à sa mort, témoignant à travers elle de la pauvreté, des familles brisées, de la toxicomanie, du sida, des relations violentes. Des ruelles de San Francisco à l’arrière-pays de l’Alaska, cet ouvrage raconte la vie de Julie au rythme des naissances et des décès, des pertes et des retrouvailles, des petits bonheurs et des grandes douleurs.

Une épopée bouleversante de la vie et de la mort qui prend forme à travers les photographies de Darcy Padilla et les mots d’Emmanuel Carrère.

« J’espère que vous ne cessez de penser à l’histoire de Julie. J’espère qu’elle vous touche. J’espère qu’elle vous fait voir le monde différemment. » Darcy Padilla
Text by: Emmanuel Carrère & Christian Caujolle

Publisher: Éditions de La Martinière (2014)
336 pages
Size: 28 X 23 CM  

Awards


    2016 - Canon Female Photojournalist Award 2016

    2015 - World Press Photo - 1st Prize stories, Long Term Projects, for ''Family Love 1993-2014''

    2012 - World Press Photo - Daily Life, Honorable Mention stories

    2011 - World Press Photo - Contemporary Issues

    2011 - American Photography 27

    2010 - W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography

    2010 - Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography

    2010 - PDN Photography Annual

    2009 - Communication Arts, Photography Annual

    2006 - San Francisco Cultural Equity Award

    1998 - Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute Individual Fellow

    1995 - John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fellow

    1991 - Alexia Foundation for World Peace

Exhibitions



Family Love (Barcelona)
From 2014-06-18 to 2014-09-14

“I first met Julie on February 28, 1993. Julie stood in the lobby of the Ambassador Hotel, barefoot, pants unzipped, and an 8 day-old infant in her arms. She lived in a neighborhood of soup kitchens and cheap rooms. Her room was piled with clothes, overfull ashtrays and trash. Her first memory of her mother is getting drunk with her at 6 and then being sexually abused by her stepfather. She ran away at 14, became a drug addict at 15, fell in love and had a baby at 18. Julie said, “Rachael has given me a reason to live.” For 21 years, I documented Julie and her family’s story of...

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Everything is going to be OK (Perpignan)
From 2013-08-31 to 2013-09-15

No one could forget \"The Julie Project,\" Darcy Padilla\'s work over nearly 18 years, telling the story of Julie, her ordeals and disease, through to her death in September 2010. The long-term project could have come to an end when Julie passed away, but is now continuing with the story of Jason, her last partner, and their youngest child, Elyssa. After Julie\'s death, Jason tried to get by and look after their daughter, but fell into despair. He has now been reunited with his adoptive family, and is persevering in his struggle, as Darcy Padilla reports here. Exhibition co-produced with...

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