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.
“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.”
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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.
Discover the nomiees' projects on www.prixelysee.ch
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.
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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.