Last Friday, French photographer Claudine Doury, born in 1959 and member of the agency VU ‘, won the Marc Ladreit prize of Lacharrière – French Academy of Fine Arts for her project A Siberian odyssey. This project is based on a first series made twenty years ago, when Claudine Doury went in the footsteps of the peoples bordering the Amour River, the first river of Siberia, fourth in Asia. There, she documented the life of several ethnic groups, outlouches, nivkes, nanaï.
“Today, I would like to return to this region to meet the families I met during my previous trips. This portrait of the native families of Love will redefine the contours of a territory that bears traces of its history: the conquest of the East, through the Cossacks, to the Russian settlement over the centuries. On a day-to-day basis, it will be a question of taking an intimate look at the traces of the passage of time on men and women, “she said in order to clarify her subject.
With Peoples of Siberia (1999), Claudine Doury put light on individuals, cultures and mores of populations living far from the western world, within societies marked by history. She has one year to complete her series and put into perspective her former discovery, undertaken eighteen years ago.
The photographic prize of the Académie des Beaux-Arts was created in 2007 by Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière. It aims to support a photographic project up to 50,000 euros. The laureate sees his work displayed in the exhibition halls of 27 quai de Conti. Bruno Fert, winner of the previous edition, is currently exposing his work Refuge, revealing interiors of migrants. The exhibition is visible until November 19, 2017.