Festival Recap | Visa pour l’Image Perpignan 2015

By Tristan Lund

The following work stood out for me at last week’s Visa Pour l’image, the international festival of photojournalism held annually in Perpignan, southern France.

Star of the show was Daniel Berehulak’s work in West Africa during the Ebola epidemic. New York Times and Getty Images Reportage.

Daniel Berehulak

James Dorbor (8) being taken to the JFK Ebola Centre. His father first took him to a nearby clinic, but staff were afraid to treat him. They then went to the JFK centre where James Lay outside on the dirt road for hours waiting to be admitted. When the gates opened, the people rushed to the clinic, leaving him there, unable to move. His father was too afraid to carry him. James passed away shortly after being admitted. Monrovia, Liberia, September 5, 2014.

Sergey Ponomarev – Assad’s Syria – for The New York Times

Sergey Ponomarev

Opposition fighters accused of making car bombs and explosives being held in prison. Damascus, August 18, 2013

Bülent Kiliç – From Kiev to Kobane

Bülent Kiliç

Musa, a 25 year old Kurdish marksman, looking at what remains of the city of Kobane, in Syria, which had been captured by Kurdish forces four days earlier. January 30, 2015.

Andres Kudacki – Spain: National Housing Crisis, evictions. This story shocked me greatly because it is happening in Spain and I knew nothing about it.

Andres Kudacki

Police removing the door and pushing the refrigerator aside to force their way inside to evict Maria Isabel Rodriguez Romero and her family. They had been living in the public housing apartment for 24 years.

Mohamed Abdiwahab – Somalia – for AFP

Mohamed Abdiwahab

This photojournalist is remarkable. Somalian, living and and working in Mogadishu, an incredibly dangerous place to be, even for a short time, let alone working there full time as a photojournalist.

Facing the firing squad: two Somalis convicted of the murder of a Somali nurse working with a Turkish aid unit. Mogadishu, July 15, 2014.

The festival presents images in a very conventional way and in a uniform format. 16×20” prints, matted, in silver or black frames with a caption below each images as they would be seen in the press. The stand out presentation of work came from a fringe show by the agency MYOP and the group Dysturb, who fly poster billboard size images on buildings around the city.

Guillaume Binet – Aden, Yemen, July 2015

Guillaume Binet

Guillaume Binet