Visa pour l'Image 2015 : Baumann & Lambours
From Hara-Kiri to Charlie Hebdo

France, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

1981. Cavanna et Wolinski (photo NB) © Arnaud Baumann

In 1975, two young photographers set off to explore what was happening behind the scenes at France’s satirical magazine Hara-Kiri. Arnaud Baumann and Xavier Lambours followed the editorial team and the many fascinating figures in the entourage of the two leading personalities, Professor Choron and François Cavanna, who founded the first Charlie Hebdo. The duo, nicknamed Lambau, recorded birthday celebrations, practical jokes, and editorial meetings, and shots portrait shots of the  brilliant provocateurs  Gébé, Wolinski, Cabu, Willem and Reiser.

Visa pour l'Image 2015 : Gerd Ludwig
Nuclear Tourism

Germany, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

[Pripyat, Ukraine, 2011] In Pripyat, visitors get to wander through the debris-strewn corridors and empty classrooms of a school. Hundreds of discarded gas masks litter the floor of the canteen. One tourist brought his own gas mask – not to protect himself from the radiation but simply for photographs and “laughs.” / [Pripiat, Ukraine, 2011] A Pripiat, les visiteurs se promènent dans des corridors jonchés de débris et dans des classes vides d’une école. La cantine regroupe des centaines de masques à gaz laissés à la traîne. Un touriste a acheté son propre masque à gaz – non pas pour se protéger du rayonnement mais pour poser devant les photographes et «s’amuser». © Gerd Ludwig / National Geographic Creative / National Geographic Magazine

In 2011, as people around the world watched TV reports on the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, the Ukrainian government gave approval for travel inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone which has now become a disaster-tourism destination. Tourists take pictures of the sarcophagus encasing the reactor, but the top attraction is the ghost town of Pripyat, once home to nearly 50,000, now decaying and overgrown by nature that took over the town , erasing slowly the traces of desolation.

Visa pour l'Image 2015 : Giulio Piscitelli - From There to Here
Immigration and Fortress Europe

Italy, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

Canal de Sicile, mer Méditerranée, 2 avril 2011. Un bateau transportant plus de 100 migrants en provenance de Tunisie fait signe à un bateau de pêche égyptien pour demander la direction de la côte italienne. / Strait of Sicily, Mediterranean Sea, April 2, 2011. A boat with more than 100 migrants from Tunisia waving at an Egyptian fishing boat to ask for directions to the Italian coast.
© Giulio Piscitelli / Contrasto / Réa

Immigration to Europe has increased over the past thirty years, mainly because of political and social turmoil in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.Giulio Piscitelli for the past four years has documened the crisis and coverered most countries concerned, the doorways of Europe (Italy, Greece and Spain) and the transit countries (Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Serbia and Bulgaria).

The Future of Photojournalism by Ed Kashi

United States, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

Portrait of Ed Kashi © Jennifer Larsen

Photojournalism is in transition as a profession and remains an unorthodox career for most. It is certainly not a stable way of life. It has always been a competitive, challenging and dangerous career path, and today it’s never been more dangerous and it’s too often deadly. And it will never return to what it was. In some ways that’s refreshing and presents new opportunities to develop the medium artistically and find a newly relevant and more vibrant place in the expansive media landscape of the digital age.

The Future of Photojournalism by Matt Shonfeld

United Kingdom, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

Portrait of Matt Shonfeld

There has been an unceasing commentary on the decline of the picture making industry for pretty much as long as I can remember. ‘The good old days are behind us’ blah blah blah. I recognise that the introduction of the internet heralded a new era. Advertisers swiftly realised that they could reach a far wider audience by putting their brands front and center online rather than in print. I have been around a ‘bit’ and have seen how rights managed image licensing, significantly affected the assignment business and now to a much lesser impact how royalty free and even micro stock has been a thorn in the side of rights managed images.

2015 Magnum Nominees : The Future of Photojournalism

United States, written by Laurence Cornet

Kodak Aerochrome analogue infrared photo taken in North Kivu, Eastern Congo, in Feb 2010, showing FDLR rebel on day of integration into the Congolese National Army, FARDC. © Richard Mosse / Magnum Photos

From film-inspired Max Pinckers to war reporter Lorenzo Meloni, from Newsha Tavakolian’s insider’s view to the conceptual work of Richard Mosse, from the lyrical Carolyn Drake to the classic approach of Matt Black, the six Magnum nominees for 2015 cover the full range of current documentary trends. “In our view, this year’s selection is truly representative of Magnum, with the constant but complementary tension between journalism and art,” explains Antoine Kimmerlin, Editorial Manager at Magnum Paris. Reports are published across a variety of media, war photos are hung in galleries, the subjects themselves contribute to the narration, and the abstract throws light on to facts.

Polka no. 31 is out

France, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

© Polka #31

The latest issue of Polka is now on sale! As the holidays draw to a close, the film Life by Anton Corbjin features on the cover of the magazine, with a portrait of James Dean taken by Dennis Stock in 1955. L’Oeil de la Photographie is giving away 20 issues of the new edition to its readers*. Inside, this new issue includes a wide selection of subjects and reports, divided into three chapters - Polkaimage, Polkalemag and Polk’art, together with Alain Genestar’s editorial on Joseph Kessel, who worked as a reporter in Syria and published a book on the country (En Syrie, Editions Gallimard).