An American living in Paris for more than 30 years, Jane Evelyn Atwood follows a reporting and documentary style belonging to the American tradition. As the "concerned photographer" she practices the photo essay to investigate and establish contexts. Not surprisingly, her merits earned her the honour of laureate from the prestigious W. Smith Foundation.
In her first work concerning the prostitutes of Parisâ€™ rue St. Denis, she began an exploration of a world governed by its own laws and founded upon a rigorous generosity.
Committing her next project to documenting the blind of Paris, she immediately became acknowledged as one of the great practionners of social photography as well as a simple, elegant writing style.
Empathetic, non-superficial, and respective toward her subjects, she immerses herself in their lives. Jane comes to terms with the element of time and does not fight against it. She extended this lesson to her collections about female prisoners around the world and landmines.
Although she has always preferred black and white, she has also produced many important collections in colour ; for instance, her work with the Foreign Legion, the nation of HaĂŻti, and a seminal report showing the final days of a dying AIDS patient.
Every year between 15,000 and 20,000 people are killed and mutilated by landmines, most of them are civilians and many of them are children. The mines are deliberately manufactured to maim their victims.
Between 2000 and 2003, Jane Evelyn Atwood met and photographed victims of landmines. She went , on behalf of Handicap International, to Cambodia, Mozambic, Kosovo, Angola and Afghanistan.
This monumental work on female incarceration, took Atwood to forty prisons in nine different countries in Europe, Eastern Europe, and the United States. The access she managed to obtain inside some of the worldâ€™s worst penitentiaries and jails, including death row, make this ten-year undertaking the definitive photographic work on women in prison to date.
Over a period of ten years, Jane Evelyn Atwood entered the blind schools of France, Australia, Israel, Japan and the United States. The photographer, fascinated by the visual, has a passion for young blind people who can not see. She wanted to return their development in a sighted world. Jane Evelyn Atwood has succeeded in creating poignant black and white portraits as she met the blinds around the world.
Jane Evelyn Atwood received the W. Eugene Smith Award for this project initiated in the 1980s.
Â«Â The idea of photographing the blind came to me as a very personal curiosity for people who do not see, and yet must live in a sighted world. I wanted to know what that meant exactly,...
This is a documentary survey of the experience of women in prison by the award-winning photojournalist Jane Evelyn Atwood. Since 1980 the numbers of women in US prisons have increased tenfold. Similar statistics apply to the nine other countries around the world where Atwood has succeeded in penetrating the prison systems - photographing, interviewing women prisoners and their guards, gathering testimony. The result is a raw and moving account in words and pictures of society's attitude to the issues of women, crime and incarceration. Publisher: PhaĂŻdon Press (2000) 192 pages Size: 29x22,6 cm ISBN :0714839736
For more than thirty years, Jane Evelyn Atwood has been exploring the human condition with a level of commitment that can only be admired.
It all began in 1976, when she started photographing the prostitutes in Rue des Lombards in Paris. Already fascinated by lives on the margins of society, she embarked, with this first project, upon the basis of a photographic methodology that she has stuck with ever since, and which today has brought her international recognition.
So it was that she formulated the foundation of her approach, an approach based on in-depth investigation, which often...
First major retrospective of the American photographer Jane Evelyn Atwood, the exhibition reports thirty-five years of work, from the street prostitutes of the Lombard streets to Port au Prince.\r\rOrganized around six major series (the prostitutes, the blind, women in jail, Jean-Louis/Living and die of AIDS, victims of landmines, Haiti) and a score of original photographs on various subjects, some 200 prints of the exhibition retrace the journey of a photographer with no compromising, sensitive to the fate of those whose circumstances and tragedies of life have rejected in the periphery, far...
At the end of 1975, recently installed in Paris, Jane Evelyn Atwood made her first black and white photo essay , in a simple, efficient and sensitive way. As she a met a prostitute Rue des Lombards, she discovered a world where everything fascinates: extraordinary characters, incredible costumes, worn look on men ... The entrance of the building is shabby, with dirty walls, the floor is covered with cigarette butts, the smell of piss is invasive, but the desire to learn more about these women convinced Jane Evelyn Atwood to share their lives.\rFor a whole year, she spent her evenings and...
In the gripping text introducing the book of this exhibition, Haitian writer Lyonel Trouillot warns that â€śYou canâ€™t photograph a country. But looking through the photos on show here you come to the instructive conclusion that Haiti, a little like all countries, really is an impossible entity. It is this impossibility that Jane Evelyn Atwood has captured. Each photo points to something irreducible, each photo embodies a moment of something whose meaning cannot readily be drawn out. Something that challenges the fakery of the obviousâ€ť.Very favourably received at the Visa 2007 festival in...
Every year between 15 000 and 20 000 persons are killed or mutilated by mines, most are civilians and many of them are children. Mines are voluntarily made to mutilate the victims.Between 2000 and 2003 Jane Evelyn Atwood met and shooted the victims of mines antipersonnel. She went to Mozambique, to Kosovo, in Angola and Afganistan.