As part of the 2015 Visa pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, the Fondation Carmignac has announced that the 6th edition of the Carmignac photojournalism Award will be awarded to Christophe Gin, in recognition of his work on the theme of Lawless areas in France. The award was presented by Christophe Deloire, President of the Jury and Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders.
The Fondation Carmignac aims to support and promote works of investigative photojournalism documenting areas often underrepresented in mainstream news coverage. This year’s edition of the Award focuses specifically on parts of France that have become so-called ‘lawless areas’ (zones de non-droit): places where political, judicial and socioeconomic structures divert from those idealised by the French Republic, and where its legal system no longer holds sway.
In response to the foundation’s chosen theme, French photographer Christophe Gin (born in 1965) offered a collection of images delving deep into the territory of French Guiana, an area he has been exploring since 2001. His work documents a series of highly hermetic societies, existing in unique enclaves and governed by their own systems of social codes and laws.
Christophe Gin spent five months exploring the landscapes of Guiana, from border regions to the most remote Amerindian villages, where soldiers mingle with gold prospectors and exploited immigrant workers, and where local population is forced to integrate republican concepts.
Image: Christophe Gin, Saint-Georges de l’Oyapock, april 2015 © Christophe Gin for the Carmignac Foundation