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2022 Niépce Gens d’images Award : Julien Magre


The 2022 Niépce Gens d’images Award is awarded to Julien Magre.

Julien Magre was born in 1973. He graduated from les Arts Décoratifs  in Paris in 2000. In Paris Photo in 2010, Agnès b. noticed his work during the signing of Caroline, Story number two (Watermarks, 2010). Speaking of this project, which he has been leading for fifteen years now, the photographer calls himself a “spectator of [his] own intimacy”: choosing the right distance from his subject, neither too far nor too close, he documents his daily life, and thereby even makes it poetic. The photographs — which he first produced exclusively in color and film, using an instinctive method freed from all constraints — capture the tenderness of time passing over loved ones. The intimacy that is shown is never simple, since the photographer takes great care not to reveal all the plots of his life and thus operates a transfiguration of everyday banality.

The book I’m no longer afraid of the dark (Watermarks, 2016) is one of the 10 best books selected for the 2017 Nadar Award as well as the short-list of author’s books at the 2017 Rencontres d’Arles.

Julien Magre’s work has been represented by the Le Réverbère gallery in Lyon since March 2017. In 2022, he was one of the winners of “The great photographic order from the Ministry of Culture” initiated by the BnF.

Julien Magre’s candidacy was sponsored by Philippe Guionie, director of Residence 1+2 in Toulouse.

The jury, chaired by Héloïse Conésa, curator for contemporary photography in the Department of Prints and Photography, hosted by ADAGP, deliberated on Tuesday May 31, 2022. It was made up of personalities belonging to the various professions involved in the production, critic and editing of photographs.

The proclamation of the Niépce Award took place on Thursday June 2, 2022, at the Belvédère of the National Library of France –

On Wednesday June 22, 2022, at 7 p.m., the ADAGP auditorium will host the Atelier Gens d’images dedicated to Julien Magre, winner of the Niépce Award. This event is free.


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