Prix Elysée - Edition 2016-2018

Matthias Bruggmann, _Z6A4432, Irak, frome the series A haunted world where it never shows, 2016 © Matthias Bruggmann / Agence Contact Press Images / Prix Elysée

Matthias Bruggmann, winner of the second edition of the Prix Elysée

The Musée de l’Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier would like to congratulate the Swiss photographer born in Aix-en-Provence (France) in 1978, winner of the second edition of the Prix Elysée, for his project entitled A haunted world where it never shows. Building on the framework of his prior work on contemporary conflicts, Matthias Bruggmann proposed, for the Prix Elysée, to continue a long-term photographic project launched in 2012 documenting the conflict in Syria. He receives the sum of CHF 80,000, to be divided between the completion of the proposed project and the publication of the accompanying book in 2018.

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A haunted world where it never shows.

“Formally, my previous work put viewers in a position where they were asked to decide the nature of the work itself. A scientifically questionable analogy of this mechanism would be the observer effect in quantum physics, where the act of observing changes the nature of what is being observed. My Syrian work builds on this framework.

From a documentation perspective, it is, thus far and to the best of my knowledge, unique as the work, inside Syria, of a single Western photographer, in large part thanks to the assistance and hard work of some of the best independent experts on the conflict. Because of the nature of this conflict, I believe it is necessary to expand the geographical scope of the work.”


The nominees of the second edition of the Prix Elysée

The Musée de l'Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier are pleased to announce the eight nominees of the Prix Elysée:

Isabelle Blanc (1971) & Olivier Hilaire (1979)
French and Swiss, born in Paris, France
French, born in Nîmes, France

Elina Brotherus 1972
Finn, born in Helsinki, Finland

Matthias Bruggmann (1978)
Swiss, born in Aix-en-Provence, France

David Jiménez (1970)
Sapnish, born in Seville, Sapin

Sofie Knijff (1972)
Dutch and Belgian, born in Vilvorde, Belgium

Jim Naughten (1969)
British, born in Horsham, United Kingdom

Emeka Okereke (1980)
Nigerian, born in Nigéria

Zhao Renhui (1983)
Singapourian, born in Singapour

No less than 440 photographers from all over the world (69 nationalities represented) took part in the 2nd edition of the Prix Elysée. We wish to thank all the photographers for their efforts in completing the application, and the professionals who took time to support them with a thoughtful recommendation.

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Jury members of the second Prix Elysée

The jury of the Prix Elysée is composed of 7 members: four international experts from the fields of photography and publishing and 3 representatives of the Prix Elysée founding partners.


  • Mimi Chun, Founder and Director, Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
  • Salvador Nadales, Curator of Collections Department and Head of Institutional Relations, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
  • Andrew Sanigar, Commissioning Editor, Thames & Hudson, London
  • Astrid Ullens de Schooten, Founder and President, Fondation A. Stichting, Bruxelles

Founding partners

  • Tatyana Franck, Director, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne
  • Michel Parmigiani, Founder, Parmigiani Fleurier, Fleurier
  • Marina Vatchnadze, Sandoz Family Foundation, Manager of the cultural patronage

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The Nominees’ Book 2016-2018

The Musée de l’Elysée and Editions Photosynthèses, Arles are thrilled to present the Prix Elysée nominees’ projects in a box-set of eight artist books.

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