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William Klein Academie des Beaux Arts Photography Award


A JFC column for the William Klein Academie des Beaux Arts Photography Award awarded to Raghu Rai on October 30, 2019 On Wednesday, October 30, all those who count in the small world of photography were invited, in the great hall of the sessions of the Institute of France – where François Arago, a hundred and eighty years ago, offered to the world the patent of photography – to attend the awarding of the most endowed William Klein Award (120 000 €). The lucky recipient is none other than Raghu Rai, the great Indian photographer, a member of the Magnum photo agency. Perpetual secretary Laurent Petitgirard first painted an entertaining and amusing portrait of the world of photography, before celebrating William Klein, then honoring the new and first laureate. Without forgetting to thank our Chinese patron, Mr. Zhong Weixing, without whom this prize could never have existed. Sebastiao Salgado then described the genesis of the prize or how this project appeared to Jean-Luc Monterosso and myself as we waited for William Klein to dine together, in a restaurant in the Place...

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