The 2017/2018 Swiss Images Vevey Prize was awarded. This prize is among the most prestigious prizes. It is given every two years in odd years by a renewed jury. This year, artist Christian Marclay, curator Simon Baker (Tate Modern, London), World Press Photo director Lars Boering, Darius Himes (director of photography at Christie’s) and Luce Lebart (director of the Canadian Institute Of Photography, Ottawa) awarded five categories.
The Grand Prix Images Vevey 2017/2018 was hand over to the Hungarian photographer Peter Puklus for his work ‘The Hero Mother – How to Build a House‘. A graduate and doctoral student at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Creation Industrielle in Paris, the photographer has delivered an astonishing series of images deconstructing traditional family roles and their structures. From the jury’s words, the winning artist is rewarded “for a truly original and intriguing proposal that draws universal issues of family and the performance of parental roles into the artist’s unique and compelling visual language. Puklus offered a multifaceted dossier of texts, drawings and embryonic photographic sketches “. The prizewinner returns with a € 37,000 and a forthcoming exhibition at the next Vevey Images festival (in 2018, the even year).
The Photobook Prize Images Vevey is awarded to Jono Rotman for his work ‘Mongrelism‘. The New Zealand photographer followed Maori biker gangs living in his country for nearly ten years. As members of the Mongrel Mob gang, carrying a violent subculture mixed with racial identity and extremist political positions. “In his work Rotman demonstrates an unusual and highly sophisticated sensitivity to the ethical and practical concerns associated with a documentary project of this scope. The result is both visually compelling and textually rich. Comprised of portraits, archival material, and a comprehensive series of interviews to be designed as a kind of handbook for the self-defined “Mongrel Mob”, a balance of form and content will ultimately define the finished book“, decrypts the jury.
Finally, the Special Jury Prize goes to Antony Cairns for his work ‘The Tale of Gordon Earl Adams‘. The Mention Lumière Broncolor goes to Angélique Stehli and her series ‘Cool Down Pink‘ while the Prix Mention Reportage Leica is presented to Emehric Luisset for ‘L’autre Rive‘.
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