Carmignac Photojournalism Award: A Retrospective

Newsha Tavakolian, A portrait of Nazanin, standing in the dark along the Caspian coastline, 2015
© Newsha Tavakolian - Fondation Carmignac

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Photojournalism award-winners unite for powerful exhibition on world affairs...

Saatchi Gallery is currently hosting the cream of international photojournalism, as it exhibits a selection of works by winners of The Fondation Carmignac awards. All six past and present laureates are represented by over 40 works, spanning two full rooms of the London gallery.

Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian, Girls smoking, 2015 © Newsha Tavakolian – Fondation Carmignac

Iranian photojournalist Newsha Tavakolian heads up the show with a whole room dedicated to the 2013 winner’s triumphant submission, as well as work exhibited at this year’s Venice Biennale. Tavakolian’s work delves deep into the contemporary middle class of Iran, looking at the increasing tension between the country’s hard-line Islamic regime and the seemingly unstoppable liberalising influence of the West.

A second room hosts the work of Fondation Carmignac laureates Davide Monteleone, Robin Hammond, Massimo Berruti, Kai Wiedenhöfer and Christophe Gin. Monteleone’s four works from his Spasibo series focus on Chechnya — the title an ironic vote of thanks from the region’s people for the oppression wrought by the Russian state. The Zimbabwean regime of Robert Mugabe is the subject of Hammond’s images; the photographer was imprisoned for 26 days and deported as a result of his work. Berruti reports on conflicts between Pashtun militia and the Taliban in Swat Valley, Pakistan, documenting the civilian’s valiant struggle despite limited resources.

The inaugural winner, Kai Wiedenhöfer, takes us back to 2009 and events surrounding Israel’s deadly attack on the Strip in January that year. Finally, incumbent laureate Christophe Gin will present one image from his winning series Colonie which looks at Guiana from the perspective of the annual theme “Lawless Areas”.

Carmignac Photojournalism Award: A Retrospective runs from 18 November to 13 December.

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Massimo Berruti

Massimo Berruti, Mahnbanr, 2011, 2-7 B_W mounted on Aluminium, 78.5 x 124.5 cm,
Massimo Berruti – Agence VU’ © Massimo Berruti – Fondation Carmignac

Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian, A student applying make-up in front of a class mirror, 2015 © Newsha Tavakolian – Fondation Carmignac

Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian, Bita and her friend, Shabnam, at a plastic surgeon’s office in Tehran, 2015 © Newsha Tavakolian – Fondation Carmignac

Christophe Gin

Christophe Gin, Saint Élie, 2015 © Christophe Gin for the Carmignac Foundation

Christophe Gin

Christophe Gin, Camopi, March 2015 © Christophe Gin for the Carmignac Foundation

Christophe Gin

Christophe Gin, Trois-Sauts, 2015 © Christophe Gin for the Carmignac Foundation

Kai Wiedenhöfer

Kai Wiedenhöfer, Red Container Rockerhit, 2010, Photography, 80 x 110 cm
© Kai Wiedenhöfer – Fondation Carmignac

Davide Monteleone

Davide Monteleone, Rada, 14, trying on a wedding dress designed by her sister, 2013 © Davide Monteleone – Fondation Carmignac

Davide Monteleone

Davide Monteleone, Security forces attending the 10th Constitution Day celebration, 2013 © Davide Monteleone – Fondation Carmignac

Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian, Taxi driver, 2015 © Newsha Tavakolian – Fondation Carmignac

Robin Hammond

Robin Hammond, Bulawayo, 2012, Photography, 100 x 150 cm, Edition 2-7 © Robin Hammond – Fondation Carmignac

Robin Hammond

Robin Hammond, Rosepina, 2012, Photography, 125 x 186.5 cm, Edition 2-7 © Robin Hammond – Fondation Carmignac

Massimo Berruti

Massimo Berruti, Bara Bandai, 2010, 2-7 B_W mounted on Aluminium, 149.8 x 111.7 cm,
Massimo Berruti – Agence VU’ © Massimo Berruti – Fondation Carmignac

Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian, A view of a microphone and an empty stage in Tehran, 2015 © Newsha Tavakolian – Fondation Carmignac

Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian, A view of western Tehran on a snowy winter’s day, 2015 © Newsha Tavakolian – Fondation Carmignac

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