24th Visa Pour L’Image, an inspiring ‘year like no other’
Bonjour from Perpignan, France – the home of the 24th Visa Pour L’Image, the international festival of photojournalism.
This year is a year like no other. In the build up to the 25th anniversary next year, the Palais des Congrès is abuzz with activity, and it seems the festival is busier than ever before. Getty Images has a significant presence at the festival this year, with an extensive portfolio review offering where aspiring and practicing photojournalists can meet with our team of experts, in addition to an exhaustive and extensive list of exhibitions, screenings, as well as the fact that our photojournalists are nominated for a number of different awards. Despite Getty Images having the biggest team we have ever had in Perpignan, our team are rushed off their feet, meeting with clients, contributors, partners and aspiring talent. Phew!
Canon also have a significant space here, and we have been lucky to enough to collaborate across many different opportunities, including a panel lead by Aidan Sullivan, Getty Images’ Vice President of Editorial & Partnerships, titled The Cost of Covering Conflict. The discussion touched on perhaps the most vital industry concerns, and some valid arguments were presented. Aidan headed the panel, with Reportage photographer Brent Stirton, Sunday Times Chief Picture Editor Jon Jones, founder of VII Gary Knight, as well as freelance photographer Nicole Tung who came almost straight to Perpignan from covering the conflict in Syria.
The British Journal of Photography put together a great summary — You can check it out here.
Perhaps one of the busiest of all this year is Reportage by Getty Images photojournalist Sebastian Liste, who has received the prestigious City of Perpignan Remi Ochlik award for his Urban Quilombo project, which documents life in Galpao da Araujo Barreto – an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, which was home to 130 homeless families before they were evicted last year by the Brazilian government. Sebastian, who is Spanish by birth, has been documenting the community since 2009. This is the second year a Reportage by Getty Images photojournalist has received the award, with Ed Ou taking the coveted title last year for his work documenting the Child Soldiers of Somalia.
It is an inspiring place to be to say the least – surrounded by a wealth of outstanding talent, passion for photojournalism, and moving content from every corner of the world.