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Visa pour l’Image
31st August - 15th September
VISA pour l’Image
We are nearly all photographers now, thanks to cheap digital imaging via compact cameras, tablets and smart phones.
Photojournalism, however, is more than just taking a photo – it is about telling a story, recording an event, getting a message across.
Perpignan is once again the proud host of the renowned International Festival of Photojournalism, VISA pour l’Image.
From Saturday 31st August to Sunday 15th September, this 31st edition continues to break new ground and bear witness to some of society’s biggest stories.
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.
Logistically, 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 true to its original ideals: (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.
With a particular nod to Northern Irish journalist, Lyra McKee, President Jean-François Leroy reminds us that the list of persecuted journalists is long; too long.
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.
THE DARK SIDE OF WILDLIFE TOURISM
After 30 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 25 finalists is no mean feat and goes to show the calibre of work on display.
From Cyril Abad’s documentation of the eccentricities of America’s religious communities (In God We Trust) to Valerio Bispuris’ exploration of the world’s prisons (Prisoners), 2019’s competition is set to be fierce.
The gilets jaunes, the Yemen crisis, wildlife tourism, reproductive rights, the pollution of Lake Victoria, US special forces, the fall of the Caliphate : clear your diary and wear comfortable shoes because there is more than enough material for even the most avid photojournalism fan.
Free entry, guided tours, discussions with the photographers themselves; what better excuse do you need to explore our beautiful city?
THE PRICE OF CHOICE
Fabella hospital advises women to stay no more than 24 hours after giving birth and has reduced the number of deliveries, concentrating mostly on complicated cases. But there is still not enough space for everyone, and as many as four women can share one bed. Because of staff shortages, experienced mothers explain to mothers of first babies how to care for their newborn children. Manila, Philippines, April 2017.
Exhibitions are presented in the following historical and cultural spots of Perpignan
1 Couvent des Minimes
2 Eglise des Dominicains
3 Couvent Sainte Claire
4 Le Castillet
5 Palais des Corts
6 Caserne Gallieni
7 Ancienne Université
8 Chapelle du Tiers-Ordre
9 Arsenal des Carmes
10 Palais des Congrès
Find out more about the venues here.
FREE EVENING SCREENINGS WILL RETRACE THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS STORIES AND PERSONALITIES OF THE PAST YEAR.
HEAD TO CAMPO SANTO OR THEATRE DE L’ARCHIPEL (SIMULTANEOUS SCREENING) AT 9.30PM FROM MONDAY 2ND TO SATURDAY 7TH.
They will also take a look further back in history to major turning points that have shaped our current society.
Featuring in the 2019 program (subjects may change)
☛ News stories of the year across the continents: war, crises, politics, unusual and remarkable events, sport, culture, science etc.
☛ Irak, Syria : the Fall of ISIS
☛ Venezuela : political and economic crisis
☛ Brasil : Bolsonaro and the indigenous peoples
☛ Yemen, Algeria, Libya…
☛ La Retirada
☛ Consequences of climate change
☛ Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution
DISTANT EARLY WARNING
Some 400 US paratroopers playing the role of an invading army as part of the exercise code-named Arctic Anvil, training for cold weather warfare. Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely, the US Army launch site for ballistic missiles, just below the Arctic Circle.