Arles 2015 : The Discovery Award

The annual Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival is under way in the southern city of France. Since the festival’s opening on 6th July, a diversity of programmed happenings such as exhibitions, symposiums, round tables, screenings and book-signing have been taking place. Among them, it is without doubt that the Discovery Award becomes one of the highlights, as it has been a means of recognising new talents in the field of photography since 2002. Each year the award tasks 5 photography experts to nominate photographers whose works present outstanding qualities to be « discovered ».  

Foodshark, 2012 © Delphine Chanet (presented by Claire Jacquet)

Foodshark, 2012 © Delphine Chanet (presented by Claire Jacquet)

During the opening week (6 July to 12 July), the winner will be chosen by the professionals. (For some works by the winner of the Discovery Award in 2014, Zhang Kechun, see here.) But before the release of the result, let's have a glimpse of the artists being nominated this year:

• Artists presented by Krzysztof Candrowicz (director of the Fotofestiwal in Lodz, Poland and artistic director of the Triennial of Photography, Hamburg):

Anna Orlowska 
Shilo Group

• Artists presented by Louise Clements (co-founder of the FORMAT International Photography Festival in Derby, United Kingdom) :

Lisa Barnard 
Robert Zhao Renhui

• Artists presented by Fannie Escoulen (independent exhibition curator) :

Pauline Fargue 
Julian Baron

• Artists presented by Claire Jacquet (director of the FRAC Aquitaine) :

Delphine Chanet 
Omar Victor Diop

• Artists presented by Francesco Zanot (curator of Camera, Turin):

Paola Pasquaretta 
The Cool Couple


Source:L'Oeil de la Photographie
LES RENCONTRES D'ARLES. 6 July to 29 September 2015,