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Over the past 15 years, award-winning American-Austrian photographer David Bacher has roamed the streets of Paris and New York City, always on the lookout for unexpected moments that capture the soul of both cities. The book is a kind of treasure hunt, where viewers can discover and interpret Paris and New York in amusing, yet reflective, ways. The images often mirror each other, and just as often, it is not immediately clear in which city a photograph was taken.
Carole Naggar’s introduction describes David Bacher’s approach, rooted in the tradition of many classic street photographers who have worked in Paris and New York City. She compares his work with William Klein, Henri Cartier Bresson, Elliot Erwitt and others.
The photographer on the project : “Paris and New York are like stage sets with actors and actresses on every street corner who don’t have set roles. I somehow find myself trying to organize this chaotic beauty of everyday life into pictures. The challenge is to photograph in a way that documents, deconstructs, and poses questions in a single image. Sometimes elements in an image fit together cohesively, and sometimes they push apart causing tension. At times, it’s difficult to know whether a photo was taken in New York or Paris except for perhaps one discerning detail. Do Parisians wear white socks? Where can one see the Mona Lisa with an airplane flying across her face? In the Louvre or in Flushing, Queens. It is about showing reality, or what the eye sees, but at the same time twisting and playing with that reality. This project, which began without any particular concept, has slowly merged into a colorful duet about two magical cities.”
DAVID BACHER, is an American and Austrian dual citizen who has been living in France for 15 years. He holds a degree in economics and anthropology from the University of Virginia, and a continuing degree in photojournalism from the Danish School of Journalism. David’s work has been published in National Geographic among several other magazines, and his photos have been exhibited in both Europe and the United States. He also collaborates with international organizations like the United Nations. His photography recently received several awards: National Geographic France/Air France Photo Award, International Photography Award, Smithsonian Institution Photo contest, and PX3.
CAROLE NAGGAR was born in Egypt and moved to Paris at a young age. She spent most of her childhood and young adulthood in Paris and later moved to New York City. She now spends her time in both Paris and New York City. Carole is a poet, photography historian, curator, and painter. Her most recent publications are Tereska and Her Photographer (a fiction based on a photograph), Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonné and Saul Leiter: In my Room. She is a regular contributor to Aperture and The New York Review of Books online, and since 2014, she has been Series Editor for the Magnum Photos Legacy Biography series.
PARIS/NYC, David Bacher, Carole Naggar
22.5 x 27.5 cm, 144 pages, 77 photos
German, English, French, hardcover, ISBN 978-3-903101-65-4, EUR 49.90
08.10.2019 // show complete article
The winners of the international photo competition for the best photograph themed upon peace were honored at the Austrian parliament for the seventh time on the evening of September 12, 2019. The award is named after the Austrian Nobel Peace Laureate of 1911, Alfred Hermann Fried. The main award, worth 10 000 euros, for the Peace Image of the Year 2019, went to Berlin-based German photographer Stefan Boness for his reportage on a Fridays-for-Future protests, where children and young people demonstrate against the lack of commitment of international politics with regard to climate change.
12-year-old Dune Laboile from France won the prize for the best Children’s Peace Image of the Year. The prize, worth 1000 Euros, is sponsored by the Vienna Insurance Group and was awarded for a photograph which resembles a dream sequence from a carefree childhood. The prize was presented by Judit Havasi, member of the Managing Board VIG, and by Barbara Grötschnig, VIG Group Sponsoring.
In his welcoming speech, Secretary General of the Austrian Parliament, Harald Dossi, expressed how very pleased he was that the Alfred Fried Photography Award was being presented in the rooms of the Austrian Parliament. This was quite befitting as democratic parliaments also contribute to peace. Dossi promised that the Alfred Fried Photography Award would also be welcome in the traditional premises of the parliament when it returns there in the summer of 2021. The winning picture has a prominent position in front of the plenary chamber.
Lois Lammerhuber, who initiated the Alfred Fried Photography Award jointly with his wife Silvia Lammerhuber, quoted Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser: “When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality.” And a change for the better could also result from the Alfred Fried Photography Award.
In a moving address, Pulitzer Prize winner Matthew Caruana Galizia, former member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), whose journalist mother was murdered in Malta, said that, regardless of all the attacks, it was the duty of journalists to fight for a democratic society, against corruption and against any attempt to suppress the freedom of expression and of people.
Barbara Trionfi, Executive Director, International Press Institute (IPI): “The beauty of the Alfred Fried Award’s photographs stands in stark contrast to the numerous stories of attacks against and murders of photographers and journalists all over the world. The dissemination of information and images remains today a subversive and dangerous activity in many countries. And yet a vital one to bring the world closer together. It deserves our support!”
This year’s head of the 25-strong jury, Norwegian Hilde Sandvik, quoted Canadian author Margaret Atwood, who once wrote: “War is what happens when language fails.” But sometimes, Sandvik added, images, photographs, can make language find its power again and not be crushed by the weight of lies, violence, tyranny. The photographs presented with the Alfred Fried Photography Award may form nothing less than a bastion when language fails.
The verdicts of the jury, made up of members from eight nations, for the six distinctions in total, were presented by long-standing Editor-in-Chief of GEO magazine, Peter-Matthias Gaede, from Hamburg.
Olivia Wells, standing in for 2018 Nobel Peace laureate Nadia Murad, reminded the audience of the fate of the Yazidi minority in Iraq, pursued, enslaved and murdered by IS terrorists. She demanded that anywhere in the world efforts must be made to guarantee new security and justice for minorities, women, and victims of persecution. Only then would our world at last become peaceful.
The Alfred Fried Photography Award 2019 attracted a total of 17,387 pictures, entered by 1,558 photographers from 113 countries, including China, India, Russia, Iran, Brazil and the USA. The jury, headed by Sandvik and made up by founder of the award, Lois Lammerhuber, and his wife, Silvia Lammerhuber, plus photographers, newspaper editors, representatives of photographic associations, of the World Press Photo Awards and of UNESCO, awarded prizes to four more photographers besides the main winners Stefan Boness und Dune Laboile. Alfred Fried Photography Award Medals 2019 also went to:
Dutch photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien for her work on young South Africans, who were born into a new optimism after the end of apartheid.
Indonesian photographer Dilla Djalil Daniel for her empathetic images from a rehabilitation centre, where Orangutan babies, who have lost their mothers, are prepared for life in the wild.
Columbian-native, France-based photographer Camilo Leon-Quijano, who documented the rise and new self-confidence of a rugby team of daughters of migrants in a Paris suburb.
French photographer Alain Laboile, father of the winner in the children/young people category, for his enchanting visual diary of the free, wild, happy life of his six children.
About – Der Alfred Fried Photography Award is presented in partnership between Photographische Gesellschaft (PHG), Edition Lammerhuber, UNESCO, Austrian Parliament, the Austrian Parliamentary Reporting Association, International Press Institute (IPI), German Youth Photography Award and World Press Photo Foundation. www.friedaward.com
About – Alfred Fried (* 11 November 1864, Vienna; † 4 May 1921, Vienna) was an Austrian pacifist and author. Fried received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1911 together with Tobias Asser, organizer of the first International The Hague Peace Conference and instigator of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
23.09.2019 // show complete article
“Never before in the history of photography has there been such a book, an extraordinary document. No other photographer that I know of has reported on so many conflicts in such an incorruptible and incomparable way,” says Cyril Drouhet from Figaro magazine. This book sheds light on the period from the dissolution of the Soviet Union until today. 30 years shaped by war. Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Chechnya, Israel, Rwanda, Congo, Chad, South Africa, Haiti, Liberia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Ukraine, Pakistan, Syria...
In times of war, all restraints collapse, and people are swept up in a wave of hatred, violence and fear. Many fervently invoke a one and only, true, almighty, infallible God. But, where amidst this bloodlust frenzy can he or she or it be found, this one and only God who represents peace? This book delivers an unsparing picture of all the madness that people are capable of who carry their convictions like a banner before them. The photographs by Noël Quidu show us the possible consequences of political, economic and religious decisions. They reflect the arbitrary behavior of those who steer the fate of whole nations.
The International Court of Justice, which large powers have given themselves, is losing membership states and is beginning to resemble a holding company pursuing well understood interests. Horror and destruction drive millions of people to flee to Europe, which appears to them as a paradise, a paradise that in turn looks at this phenomenon with suspicion while becoming a target of Islamist attacks itself – all caught in a vicious cycle.
NOËL QUIDU is a major French photojournalist. He is self-taught and has been a long-standing member of Gamma agency. Noël Quidu has reported from almost every conflict zone in the world: Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, former Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Albania, Israel, Palestine, Rwanda, Congo, Chad, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Haiti, Liberia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Ukraine, or Pakistan. He is a three-time winner of the World Press Photo Award.
CYRIL DROUHET is a historian, passionate journalist and Director of Photography at Le Figaro magazine as well as the curator of the Festival Photo La Gacilly, the largest outdoor photography festival in Europe, which attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. Until 2002, Drouhet was Director of news agency Gamma, where he worked closely with Noël Quidu.
AND GOD CREATED WAR Noël Quidu, Cyril Drouhet, 24 x 33.3 cm, 272 pages, 142 photos
German, English, French, hardcover, ISBN 978-3-903101-67-8, EUR 59.00
21.09.2019 // show complete article