The exhibition "Carmignac Photojournalism Award: A Retrospective" will feature a total of 40 works, produced since the Award’s 2009 inception by all laureates past and present.
The first room of the exhibition will be entirely dedicated to the Iranian photojournalist and fifth Carmignac laureate, Newsha Tavakolian. Tavakolian’s project explores the lives of young middle class Iranians caught between the pressures of an increasingly modern society and a revolutionary Islamic ideology.
Chechnya forms the focus of four works on show by Italian photojournalist, Davide Monteleone. Taken from the report Monteleone produced from December 2012 - April 2013 as part of the fourth Carmignac laureateship, the portfolio’s title Spasibo, (Russian for ‘thank you’) can be interpreted as an ironic gesture of gratitude to Chechnya’s oppressors.
Four works will also be displayed by third winner of the Award, Robin Hammond. Taking Zimbabwe as its subject, Hammond’s work charts the violent decline of the country at the mercy of the Mugabe regime. On two occasions during the process, officials caught up with Hammond, culminating in a 26-day imprisonment and eventual deportation as a ‘Prohibited Immigrant’. Documenting the Pashtun civilian militia’s conflicts with the Taliban in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, second laureate Massimo Berruti’s report reveals both the situation caused by Taliban, and the resistance mounted by the local population with only minimal resources.
The exhibition line-up is completed by the Award’s first ever laureate, Leica photographer Kai Wiedenhöfer. Photographs from his series, focused on the theme of Gaza, aim to provide an unsentimental portrayal of the Israeli attack that took place in January 2009 and its effects on the people and the buildings of the Strip. At the end of the exhibition, the incumbent laureate Christophe Gin, announced September 2015 at Visa pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, will introduce his series about Guiana, Colonie (Colony) with one photograph. Working to the theme of Lawless Areas in France - selected by the Fondation Carmignac as the subject for the sixth edition of the Award - his black and white photographs investigate the highly hermetic societies.
Carmignac Photojournalism Award: A Retrospective, organised by the Carmignac Foundation, is taking place from 18th November - 13th December at the Saatchi Gallery. For further information, visit Saatchi Gallery