For the seventh consecutive year the Alexia Foundation will present an exhibition of the winners of its 2014 Professional and Student Grants – Sebastian Liste “The New Culture of Violence in Latin America” and Mehran Hamrahi “Iranian People – Ordinary or Criminals?”
“As a street photographer in Dublin, my project aims to explore new ways of documenting our streets. A ‘street” can now be represented in non-traditional ways. It’s about feeling the place where life takes place, in a park, on the seaside or inside. My photographs capture candid moments, concentrated on sometimes humorous elements of composition that seem pleasing to the eye. Human and animal behavior is fascinating, and I plan to develop and expend this project with the same passion.”
“Everyone lives their lives desperately. Sometimes alone, sometimes with the help of others, sometimes crying, laughing… I photograph daily life for its singular beauty. I want people to enjoy these extraordinary moments that exist in our daily, ordinary lives. I’m here, only here. You’re here, only here. Don’t try too hard. Do your best. You are so beautiful. Your life is so precious.”
Today I am announcing that due to irreconcilable differences over the presentation of my work, I am returning the cash award and stepping down as the winner of the Carmignac Gestion Award for photojournalism 2014, canceling all my cooperation with this foundation and its patron, the French investment banker Edouard Carmignac.
Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian claims that her report on her home country was a misrepresentation
“I had to make a choice between my artistic freedom and my dignity, or the glory of something that is not real or not mine when it comes to what kind of book do I have,” Ms. Tavakolian said in a phone interview from Tehran. “This is a universal subject, not just about Iran. It is a subject all photographers are facing, but they do not talk about it. This is the only thing I have. It’s my vision, my artistic freedom.”
Last week, during the 26th Visa pour l’Image, the winners of the Visa d’or have been announced