THE WINNERS OF THE 8th RDV•I - January 2018
Art Director: Paolo WOODS
1st PHOTO AWARD
1st Photo Award - RDV•I 2018
Paris / France
Once I had a life
This project started out as a desire, a desire named America. Last April, having left for the west of the USA, I let my instincts guide me, giving free rein to my inclination to roam. What I saw - the boarded-up little towns, deserted regions, urban areas subjected to de-industrialisation – not only made America seem abandoned, but secluded in the past. I have attempted to reproduce the American sentiment about their damaged country. The people I met often thought that their new president was going to rebuild the factories, breathing life back into the economy. Rather than judge, I preferred to listen.
2nd PHOTO AWARD
2nd Photo Award - RDV•I 2018
Six thoughts on the same thing
Archive of my vision on everyday objects 40 common objects, photographed in six different poses, a total of 240 images cataloged in an old file. A photographic project which explores the aesthetics of everyday life to reinvent it, starting from the simplest things around us.
Younes KHANI SOMEEH SOFLAEI
3rd PHOTO AWARD
3rd Photo Award - RDV•I 2018
Younes KHANI SOMEEH SOFLAEI
Téhéran / Iran
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Somayeh Mehry (30) and Rana Afghanipour (4) are mother and daughter living in a village called Hemet Abad located in Bam, a city in the south of Iran. They were attacked with acid by Somayeh’s husband Amir. Samayeh is of ten times being beaten up by her husband and imprisoned in a room. Finally, samayeh asked her husband or a divorce because of her husband's violent behavior. Amir, somayeh's husband threatened his wife in case that she files for divorce, he would ruin her life, destroy her life and stop her from stepping outside her house ever again. One night in June 2011, he poured acid on Somayeh and Rana as they slept. Somayeh’s and Rana’s faces, hands, and, in places, their bodies were severely burned. Somayeh was blinded, and Rana lost one of her eyes. somayeh and her two daughters Rana, 4 years of age and Nazanin, 7 years of age have been living in her father's house since the acide throwing incident. Somayeh's father, in order to provide the medical expenses of his daughter so.
Professionals Award - RDV•I 2018
Houdan / France
I live in a ghost town
Thibaut Derien has traveled all over France, avoiding the main roads, in search of small abandoned but still standing businesses, witnesses of an era, a trade, a fashion, which inspired him this ghost town, which observes impotently the activity of impersonal shopping centers, there, far away. Not so far, in fact. In this cemetery of shops, the curtains are lowered, drawn, the doors sealed, the windows walled. The storefronts choke in a strict, square frame, which eclipses everything else. This frontality reduces the shops to their only facade and reduces to silence what made the particularity of these local shops: the social bond.
Special Award - RDV•I 2018
Strasbourg / France
From the silent rooms
Belgium 2013. It's been four years since I began to take an interest in the photography of abandoned places. This practice, which tends to become popular in recent years, for the better or the worse, is called Urban Exploration. It quickly became a passion. It pushed me to improve my photographic skills and allowed me to visit many wastelands in Europe. Whether castles, houses, mansions, factories, hospitals, these places provide an atmosphere between life and death, where time seems to have stopped and the traces of a lively past is caught up by his ephemerality. It is not uncommon to find beautiful remains such as musical instruments that I present in this series and that relive momentarily through our camera.
1st YOUTH AWARD
1st Youth Award - RDV•I 2018
Schiltigheim / France
A Dance of Life and Death
Ceremonials reflect the essence of who we are, as humans. Birth, weddings, religious celebrations, death. At all these moments, human emotions and relations are at their paroxysm. There is nothing stronger than the joy of a baby born, or the grief caused by the loss of a loved one. The latter is also an extremely difficult emotion to document through photography. How to approach someone in emotional pain and capture her ? Is it possible to photograph without stealing an emotion? This project is an exploration of the particular ceremonial of death in Ghana. Before retrieving the dead from the mortuary, People chant and dance, weep and scream, all at once, while behind the doors, the embalmer is preparing the body. All human emotions at once, in honor of one man. A peculiar dance of life and death.
YOUNG PUBLIC AWARD
Young Public Award - RDV•I 2018
The young visitors of the exhibition - from 6 to 12 years - voted for the work of...
Remelfrang / France
Mon confident Bourriquet
I am a “Mom” photographer passionate about the childhood's universe and child photography. I would love to give life through images to the complicity which exists between a child and his comforter. It helps to give life to this toy, immortalize the emotion of this moment and also give life to these everyday images which are offered to me day after day. I offer you poetry and sweetness in the pure state… as a child can see it and feel it in his heart with her confident Eeyore. This accomplice to whom we entrust everything, who protects us from everything, who tells us stories as much as we tell him and who keeps all our secrets because nobody can understand us better that him/her.
Public Award - RDV•I 2018
The visitors voted for the work of Simon WEBER.
Following series have also been well placed:
- Anathème Photographies (Remelfrang / France) - Mon confident Bourriquet
- Bruno et Dorota SENECHAL (Sevrier / France) - Wapusk - Ours polaires - Polar bear
- Arnaud RICOU (Paris / France) - Daydreamers
- Charlaine AZOUARD (Schiltigheim / France) - Inertie / Young Section
Mulhouse / France
Passionate amateur photographer, I began practicing photography in 2014. Nature lover and keen on traveling, I naturally moved towards landscape photography. The night is by definition the absence of natural light, produced by an inexhaustible source: the sun. Our eyes do not have the ability to discern details in the dark, and our perception of colors is degraded. However, our cameras sensors can collect the missing information, and let us discover another universe. I would like to share through this series of photographs, an aesthetic and colorful vision of the night taken in different places of the world during travel.
PAOLO WOODS' LIVE "COUP DE COEUR"
Paolo WOODS' Live "Coup de Cœur" - RDV•I 2018
During all the weekend, our art director Paolo WOODS was of a remarkable availability and gave many of his time to discover the work of all and each. He wished to put in the honor the work of an author to reward him of the quality of the editions, the presentation and the direction of the images.
He attributed his « coup de cœur live » to:
Sucy en Brie / France
Universalities,on one side natural elements of terrestrial origin, aquatic plant, animal, on the other constructions and human transformations related to its activities. In different fields, such as technology, agriculture or art. By assembling these photos I want to show the similarities of forms, movements, compositions, to emphasize Universality thanks to the diptychs that are presented to you. The materials, colors, shapes, none of this is invented because already existing. Yes man transforms, assembles and builds, but he uses only materials existing on our planet or in the universe.
1st BOOK AWARD
1st book award - Editor - RDV•I 2018
Paris / France
Refuzniks – how to say no to the Israelian army
They are called Tamar, Yaron or Gal, they are students, farmers, postmen or former officers. They live in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, they are 20, 40 or 60 years old. Between 2007 and 2017, the photographer Martin Barzilai has met several times about fifty of these Israelis called “refuzniks” who refuse, for political or moral reasons, to serve a society militarized to the extreme where the passage by the army is constitutive of citizenship. These refuzniks tell the whole story of Israel, its faults and its contradictions, its plural character. And draw a portrait of a society where everything will have to be rethought to build a less dark future.
2nd BOOK AWARD
2nd book award - Self-editor - RDV•I 2018
Utrecht / The Netherlands
Man Next Door
My neighbour Kid was 42 when he died. He regularly swept our shared porch, put out the rubbish and kept an eye on things when I was away. As Kid couldn’t read well, I helped him with his mail. He borrowed my phone whenever he didn’t have any credit on his own. Kid had a turbulent life: he was banned from seeing his son and struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. In the last year of his life, he spent more and more time with drifters and junkies, begging on the street for change.
3rd BOOK AWARD
3rd book award - Coup de cœur - RDV•I 2018
Massongy / France
The British author born in 1964 was raised on the French Riviera, in German, with a racket in hand. At the same time he will also very early grab, with the other hand, a camera that will become, for years and around the world, his faithfull companion. Of his Homéric quest, he shares here some of the decisive moments : the rise and fall of the most famous german tennis familly (with whom he grew up), his dissolute childhood and his encounter with photography on a path of awakening put to the test by fighting to survive his childhood dreams, become champion, to find his roots and be a good father. Shamelessly and without detours, it is a photographic and spiritual journey of more than fifty years in which the author invites us. Beautiful, inspiring and moving, he manages in sixty minutes to shake the intimate in each one of us while succeeding the delicate marriage between writing and photography.
Bruno et Dorota SENECHAL
PUBLIC BOOK AWARD
4th book award - Public Award - RDV•I 2018
Bruno et Dorota SENECHAL
Sevrier / France
Wapusk - Ours polaires - Polar bear
This book is a collection of photographs and the story of a journey in extreme conditions (-57°), a tribute to one of the most iconic animal species on Earth, the Polar Bear. It was to Northern Manitoba, Canada that Bruno & Dorota Sénéchal went in winter for a unique, rare and intimate experience with these great predators. The authors, wildlife photographers and great travelers, specialists of the Canadian Far North and the cold, share with us here secrets of a magnificent adventure of animal life, and also valuable field advice about photography in extreme cold weather conditions.