A ‘legal’ Guianese canoe, jump crossing. Oyapock River,
April 2015 © Christophe Gin for the Fondation Carmignac
Trois-Sauts, January 2015
© Christophe Gin for the Fondation Carmignac
Illegal service station on the Surinamese bank of the Maroni,
June 2015 © Christophe Gin for the Fondation Carmignac
An exhibition dedicated to Christophe Gin, 6th Laureate of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award, on view from 6 July to 6 November at the Hôtel de Montfaucon in Avignon, is the fruit of a unique partnership with the Lambert Collection and the Fondation Carmignac.
The Fondation Carmignac aims to support and promote works of investigative photojournalism documenting areas often under represented in mainstream news coverage.
The jury for the 6th edition, chaired by Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders, chose Christophe Gin as the 2014 laureate of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award.
Gin spent five months exploring the landscapes of Guiana, from border regions to the most remote Amerindian villages, where soldiers mingle with gold prospectors and exploited immigrant workers, and where local population is forced to integrate republican concepts. His photography bears witness to the reality of life in a land full of contrasts, far from the caricatures often presented through the mainstream press.
The Collection Lambert en Avignon
5 rue Violette - 84 000 Avignon
3 July - 6 November 2016.
Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 6pm
Every day in July and August 11am to 7pm
Christophe Gin was born in 1965 in Nevers. A self-taught photographer, he started his career in the early 1990s, with the photo report Nathalie conduite de pauvreté (Nathalie: Conduct of Poverty, 1994-2001), which was shot behind closed doors and explored the inner workings of misery by focusing on Nathalie, who agreed to have her daily life photographed for seven years. The method is minimalist, getting as close to the protagonist as possible, with the photographer disappearing to give the audience a better view of the subject.
Following this work, Christophe Gin wanted to avoid being trapped in a specific genre, and felt the need to discover new horizons, which led him to explore French Guiana for the first time in 2001. Encountering and understanding this society would be a long and arduous process, taking the photographer to Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia and Suriname. A second series came out of it: Le Pont des Illusions (The Bridge of Illusions, 2002-2014).
His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, inlcuding Rencontres Photographiques de Guyane in the capital Cayenne, the Galerie Fait et Cause in Paris, at Shenyang (China), the China International Photo Festival in Lianzhou, the Visa pour l’Image event in Perpignan and PhotoEspaña.