The Carmignac Foundation launched the Carmignac Photojournalism Award in 2009 with the aim of supporting and celebrating photojournalism. This unique award funds an emerging photographer to visit areas of the world at the centre of geostrategic conflicts, where human rights and freedom of speech are often violated. The award is distinct from other photography prizes due to its emphatic global concern and specific geographical focus, which changes annually. Previous themes include Gaza, Pashtunistan, Zimbabwe and Iran. Emeric Glayse is responsible for managing the Carmignac Photojournalism Award alongside Gaïa Donzet, Head of the Carmignac Foundation.
The Carmignac Foundation presents an exhibition of photographs by the Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian, 5th winner of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award. Curated by Anahita Ghabaian, President of the 2013 Jury, the exhibition will take place at the Chapelle des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 13 May to 7 June 2015. Newsha Tavakolian’s reportage focuses on the feeling of claustrophobia experienced by the younger generation in Iran. A book is published by Kehrer Verlag.
The Carmignac Foundation also announces a partnership with the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts comprising a series of lectures, organised by Nicolas Bourriaud, on the role of the artist in conflict situations and the issue of bearing witness. The Foundation will also support an educational project on the role of artists after a disaster.
Image: Newsha Tavakolian, Somayyeh, a 32-year old divorced teacher © Newsha Tavakolian for the Fondation Carmignac