Next month brings us the photography festival for photojournalists: Visa Pour L’Image. Perpignan is the place where professionals can discuss their problems and debate issues around producing and using pictures and the future of the profession. We spoke to the Director of the festival, Jean-François Leroy, to get the latest on what is happening in documentary photography.
Blurb: What are the highlights of this year’s festival?
Leroy: We have so many highlights… Quite impossible to make a choice! If I had to choose – Bénédicte Kurzen and her project Nigeria, Robin Hammond with Condemned, Krisanne Johnson on Swaziland, and, for sure, Stephanie Sinclair and her work on child brides… Overwhelming!
Blurb: The festival is known for its debates and discussions, what do you think will be the topics of discussion this year?
Leroy: There will be an interesting debate about all the photographers who emerged during the events in former Yougoslavia – in 1982, a new generation came out from Lebanon, 1992 from Sarajevo and 2012 from the Arab Springs.
Blurb: We’ve seen dramatic changes for photographers working in the field of documentary over the years, how do you see things developing?
Leroy: You can always discover some new and emerging photographers. This is why we are still optimistic! Perpignan is a good place to see all of them.
Blurb: Are there any new young documentary photographers we should be watching?
Leroy: Many of them! Stephen Dock, Giulio Piscitelli, Alessio Romenzi, who all work on Syria. Paolo Marchetti and his unbelievable work on the Italian fascists. We have many many young documentary photographers to follow. Great talents!
Visit the International Festival of photojournalism in Perpignan France, from 1 to 16 September or visit the festival website to get the latest news and happenings.