Monthly Archive for January, 2018

Manon Lanjouère – Bleu Glacé

Manon Lanjouère

Bleu Glacé

[ EPF 2017 – YOUNG TALENT AWARD / FUJIFILM FINALIST ]

 

Bleu Glacé is a cabinet of curiosity, a “scientist” study synthetically rebuilding the Icelandic landscape. The use of synthetic material is to question our daily use of plastics, resins and polymers in an exponential way, and how it can change the geological landscape of the surrounding world in a long term. If Iceland magnetizes our attention, it is essentially because of its geology.

“Those landscapes are a wonderful geological lesson, the La Redoute catalog of the volcanic and ice form,” wrote Michel Tournier in his novel, Les Météores.

 

 

Bleu Glacé is this catalog of landscapes that everybody imagines to meet in Iceland, a catalog for an immobile traveller, a lounge traveller.

 

 

The imagination makes the object we’re thinking about and desiring appears before our very eyes in order to take possession of it.

The resulting image is an interiority synthesis, rebuild in studio. The object is absent but all of its qualities are in front of us, the impression is here, as well as the characters certainly looking like human beings but who definitively are characters without any intentionality.

In those objects that I produce, everybody is free to see a waterfall, an iceberg, a plastic bag or polystyrene. The imitation is only partial, as only few components are replicated. However those components are sufficient to give the form a representative value. The concept is then appearing.

 

 

The images created this way summon and question the “primary ardour of water, wind, clouds, and sheer colours projected on the sky and the horizons” that Samivel describes in his book L’Or de l’Islande.

Bleu Glacé has for ambition to represent this mystical elsewhere, land still unknown.

 

Short Bio

Manon was born in 1993. She lives and works in Paris. After receiving an undergraduate in Art History at the Sorbonne University in Paris, she decided to dedicate herself fully into photography and joined Gobelins School of Image in 2014 from which she graduated top of her class in 2017. Through a parallele evolution among a theater in Paris, her practice of photography is characterised by directing and settings. Her work influenced by litterature is focusing to depict fictional worlds. Worlds in which she tries to understand the interraction between the landscape ant the human.

Her work bleu Glacé has been exhibited in 2017 in several festivals in France (Itinéraire des photographes voyageurs in Bordeaux, Festival la Gacilly in la Gacilly, les Rencontres d’Arles in Arles, Nuits photographiques de Pierrevert in Pierrevert, les Rencontres photographiques du 10eme in Paris) and was a finalist of the Price QPN (Nantes, France) and a finalist of the Bourse du Talent Studio.

 

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manonlanjouere.com

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The Emerging Photographer Fund is supported by generous donors to the Magnum Foundation

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Ian Hananto – Futile

Ian Hananto

Futile

[ EPF 2017 – YOUNG TALENT / FUJIFILM RUNNER UP ]

The project is a reflection on my question about happiness. People said that everybody needs a dream, so they could see something to pursue in life, and a dream was one of the sources of happiness. On the way pursuing their dream, some could get what they want and some could not. I did enjoy the process, but I never felt close to my dream, it always went further. It was a long run, and we needed to take a rest sometime. While we rested, we could see our friends still ran strong and passed us. We could also see that we left a lot of things behind, home and family. I started thinking, “Is it the cost for my dream?” I lost friends, not because I was bad, but they also had something to catch, and I lost my family, I left them behind for something to which I could not even get closer. Whose dream is it? Who tells me to have a dream? Why do I listen to them so much? Is it the dream I am? If only I could choose my own dream, my own happiness, would my life be better?

 

 

Short Bio

Ian Hananto (b.1992) is a photography enthusiast born and living in Solo, Indonesia. Since 2013, he has pursued photography as self-healing for his bad experiences with his past. Exploring the darkness of his life affected by his fear and failure on his own dreams in order to accept it. In 2016 he received the chance to attend Angkor Photo Workshop in Cambodia mentored by Newsha Tavakolian and Sim Chi Yin.

 

Related Links

 

ianhananto.wordpress.com

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The Emerging Photographer Fund is supported by generous donors to the Magnum Foundation

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Joel Karppanen – Finnish Pastoral

Joel Karppanen

Finnish Pastoral

[ EPF 2017 – YOUNG TALENT AWARD / FUJIFILM FINALIST ]

 

Georg Simmel wrote about the relieving power of the ruins. According to him the ruins help us to appreciate everything “incomplete, shapeless and what shatter the frames”.

Finnish Pastoral is a photo series that offers its viewers new means to indeed shatter the set up models we have for perceiving our surroundings. It is a story of the village of Karinkanta, in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, with a population of just under 200 people: a ruin yet to come. It gives an honest look beyond romantic nationalism, into Finnish countryside and the changes it is facing in the 2010’s postindustrial era when not only the reformation of livelihood, urban-rural fusion and migration, but also disparity, externality and echo chambers keep the countryside in a constant tension.

 

 

Almost every Finn, including me, has their roots on the countryside so we tend to have a pretty black and white mental image on reality. I have followed the daily life in the village for over two years in order to redefine my relationship with countryside. Therefore the series is also a study about the modern humans yearn for the rural life.

 

 

In Karinkanta nothing but everything happens and my democratic camera captures that all timeless stagnation. The in-depth personal series consist of understated portraits, landscapes, frozen moments and details made on medium format camera.

Without any nostalgia Finnish Pastoral paints a portrait of the bygone Finnish Dream.

 

Short Bio

Joel Karppanen (b. 1993) is a self-taught Finnish artist whose photographs and videos, conversing on topics around human environment, common people and the urban-rural dichotomy, stem from the tradition of social realism. He is strongly influenced by literature and cinema. When working, he strives to find magic in moments most would describe as ordinary. In 2017 Karppanen received Young Hero / Jouko Lehtola Foundation Award for a Young Documentary Photographer. His works can be found in various public and private collections. Karppanen lives and works in Northern Finland.

 

Related Links

 

joelkarupanen.com

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The Emerging Photographer Fund is supported by generous donors to the Magnum Foundation

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Mario Wezel – Do You Sometimes Dream of America?

Mario Wezel

Do You Sometimes Dream of America?

[ EPF 2017 – FINALIST ]

 

“The cinema and TV are America’s reality.” – Jean Baudrillard

Growing up as a european in the 90’s, America was like a big brother that had already moved out of the house. His heroic stories had surpassed his absence, his emotional presence was still physically sensible. Big brother America. No matter if it was my first NBA Jersey or the McDonalds burger, that I would only be allowed to have once a year returning from a family vacation, America was always there. My view on this country has been shaped and influenced by the pop cultural exports. Movies were just as defining as books or music. The net of media imperialism has been spun for decades and is by today finely woven and impenetrable.

 

 

For this project I have travelled 20.000 miles by plane, train, car and bus within the the last two years and have visited 25 States. I had set out to portray a country who’s fiction has long exceeded its reality. I was looking for the shiny facade but couldn’t stop noticing the cracks in it.

 

 

Long before a potential candidacy of now President Trump I walked the streets that once promised great opportunities and equality but encountered nothing but an indescribable vastness, an ubiquitous amount of capitalism and a deep feeling of loneliness. Still I kept going only to realize that those cracks had even become deep ditches and that they would change the American myth forever.

 

 

Short Bio

Mario Wezel (b.1988) is a documentary photographer based in Hannover, Germany. He studied photojournalism in Germany and Denmark and has since published and exhibited several personal projects worldwide. His work has been recognized by the Ian Parry Scholarship, Sony WPA and he was named the 2014 College Photographer of the Year and one of Magnum 30 under 30. He is a co-founder of MINT Collective.

His projects are tightly connected to questions arousing from his everyday life as an average European male. He examined the idea of home and family between 2012 and 2015, in his project “1in800.” During a three month internship at National Geographic Magazine in 2015 Wezel’s love-hate to the United States resurfaced. “Do you Sometimes Dream of America?” has been on show at the GAF as well as the GoetheExil, Hannover, as a single show at the Copenhagen Photo festival and in his hometown Nürtingen as well as in a joint exhibition at Museum Hilversum, the Netherlands.

 

Related Links

 

mariowezel.com

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The Emerging Photographer Fund is supported by generous donors to the Magnum Foundation

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Neha Hirve – Full Shade / Half Sun

Neha Hirve

Full Shade / Half Sun

[ EPF 2017 – FUJIFILM / YOUNG TALENT AWARD RUNNER UP ]

 

Tamil Nadu, India. This land was a desert, once upon a time. The soil dried up and the water ran off until nothing would grow because the people had cut the trees to build their cities. Men and women journeyed here from the ends of the earth, people for whom ordinary life wasn’t enough anymore, and they planted acacia trees to shelter them from the burning sun, and built their lives together and found meaning in the world once again. The acacia covered half the soil from the sun and the thorniest plants began to grow in their shade.

 

 

Now, the jungle is a womb. The air in the tropics is like warm honey, viscous, sticky, filling the ears until the sounds of the outside world are far away. In the still light of the afternoons, hours pass like days and the trees stand sentinel.
Because every year, the summer comes, and with it, the distant memory of when there was nothing.

 

 

Blending the genres of documentary, the archive, and fine art, Full Shade / Half Sun is not so interested in journalistic fact, but attempts to bring up philosophical and existential questions of the ways in which we find meaning in the land we live on.

 

 

Short Bio

I am a long-term project photographer based in Stockholm, and interested in man’s relation to the natural environment, and the photographic archive. With a degree in filmmaking, the cinematic and the performative influence my photographic work. Recently I was the recipient of the Women Photograph Grant, have work in publications such as Tidningen ETC and National Geographic, and have participated in exhibitions in Sweden and New York.

 

Related Links

 

nehahirve.com

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The Emerging Photographer Fund is supported by generous donors to the Magnum Foundation

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