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Visa pour l’Image

27th August - 11th September


VISA pour l’Image

Covid 19 has dominated headlines, and our psyche, for 3 years now, and the sanitary crisis is still not fully over. As such, it will of course continue to play a part in this year’s festival. But, other important news stories also deserve our attention.

Festival director, Jean-François Leroy said last year that “In the current climate, with new forces seeking a return to the dark ages, where indignant outrage is so prevalent, and at a time when we are both victims of and participants in the circulation of misinformation together with the anxiety it produces, these reports are an opportunity for us to stop and think, thereby gaining a better understanding of the world we live in.”

Now, more than ever, we need to better understand, so as to no longer be afraid. It is imperative that the vulnerable are represented, the voiceless given agency and that the powerful are held to account.

Campo Santo Perpignan

Perpignan is once again the proud host of VISA pour l’Image from Saturday 27th August to Sunday 11th September 2022.

Featuring exhibitions by some of the world’s leading documentary photographers, as well as up-and-coming professionals and skilled amateurs (through the “OFF” programme of fringe events in local cafés, shops and other spaces), VISA is a well-established event on the end-of-summer calendar.

© Brocante 66

The modern event is a far cry from the 1989 festival, when exhibitions were without titles, images without legends and viewing was warped by the halos of condensation behind the glass.

But in terms of ethos, VISA stands staunchly firm: (re)discovering and promoting forgotten photographers, honouring those killed, imprisoned or silenced, confirming new talent and providing a public arena for discussion on current, but often difficult, topics.

And in a climate where public trust in the media is declining, more than ever, the festival represents a pillar of democracy, decency and humanity.



– Exhibitions will be open from 10am to 8pm everyday, and entrance is free.

– There will be 6 evening projections of 100 of the best news stories at the Campo Santo.

– The screenings begin with a chronological review of the year’s news stories, followed by reports and features on society, conflicts, and stories, both highly and little publicised. There will also be retrospectives of major events and figures.

 VINCENT MURNIER – Retrospective
Arctic wolf in the fog. Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada.
© Vincent Munier

Documenting History

After nearly 35 years, VISA continues to live up to its reputation as vital in documenting history and giving a voice to those who so often go unheard.

Whittling down the thousands of worthy applications to just 20 finalists is no mean feat and goes to show the calibre of work on display.

From Abir Abdullah’s documentation of Climate Migrants in Bangledesh, to Valérie Baeriswyl’s study of weddings in Haïti, 2021’s competition was fierce.

We’re waiting with baited breath for the 2022 programme to be released (all exhibitions featured in this article were part of the 2021 festival).


ÉRIC BOUVET – 40 Years of Photography (1981-2021)

Dhaira, a village on the border between Lebanon and Israel, May 2000.
© Éric Bouvet


Exhibitions will be presented in the following historical and cultural spots of Perpignan

visa map 2021Find out more about the venues here.

The 2021 programme included:

☛US presidential election and the storming of the Capitol
☛Crisis in Lebanon
☛Conflicts: Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh, Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Nigeria
☛Effects of climate change
☛Destruction of the Amazon Forest
☛Refugees on the Island of Lesbos, Greece
☛Migrants: Latin America, The Mediterranean, Bosnia, France
☛Protests in Poland and Belarus
☛Coup in Myanmar
☛US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan
☛Covid-19 around the world

EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP – Tigray: Ethiopia’s Cascade into Chaos

In the library of a primary school damaged during fighting in the Tigray region. According to locals, Tigrayan troops moved into the school after it had been closed because of the pandemic, and months before the conflict began. Village of Bisober, Ethiopia, December 9, 2020.
© Eduardo Soteras / AFP


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