SHORTLISTED PHOTOGRAPHERS

Audrey Corregan, France / Netherlands
Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk, Netherlands
Amira Fritz, Germany
Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Netherlands
Philippe Jarrigeon, France
Kayo Ume, Japan
Adi Lavy, Israël / USA
Spencer Murphy, Great-Britain
Diana Scherer, Netherlands
Patrick Tsai & Madi Ju, My Little Dead Dick, China

 
PHOTOGRAPHY JURY

Marta Gili, director, Jeu de Paume, Paris
Elaine Constantine, photographer, London
Rémi Babinet, worldwide creative director, BETC, Paris
Daren Ellis, creative director, See Studio, Ten magazine, Big, London
Fumiya Sawa, curator, Tokyo
Sophie-Anne Delhomme, art director, Courrier International, Paris
David Sebbah, senior art director, T, New York Times style magazine, New York
Urs Stahel, director, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zürich
Melvin Sokolsky, photographer, Los Angeles
Jörg Colberg, founder and editor of Conscientious, Northampton (US)
Gijs Stork, publisher, Veenman Publishers, Rotterdam

 
Audrey Corregan
France / Netherlands

Audrey Corregan (1982) is French and is based in Amsterdam. She began her studies in photography at the Vevey School before finishing at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. For this year’s Hyères Festival, Audrey Corregan presents a series of portraits entitled “Obviously”. Imposing creatures seen from the back expose their shuddering feathers with the utmost indifference to the presence of the spectator. They seem to breathe softly, captivated by something that we cannot perceive.
www.audreycorregan.com


Audrey Corregan, from the series Obviously, 2007
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Audrey Corregan, from the series Obviously, 2007
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Audrey Corregan, from the series Obviously, 2007
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Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Netherlands

Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk (1974) learned painting at the Groningen Academy before continuing his artistic education in Nice. During the past three years (2004-2007) he has studied photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Here, Cassander presents  a series of landscapes, lunar canyons of red earth, trenches testifying to torrential rains, incandescent forests of starved tree trunks burned down to the last leaf, albino mangroves plunged in ice blue waters. The photographer carefully explores these new continents, all of which are pure products of his imagination. On his table top he assembles string, foam and strands of spaghetti. He plays with scales, combines macro photographs disguised as scientific imagery with an apparently vast landscape. Contradictory notions of far and near, real and contrived jostle in vain to recover a sense of disappearing reality.
www.schattenkerk.nl


Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk, Untitled, 2007
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Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk, Untitled, 2007
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Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk, Untitled, 2007
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Amira Fritz
Germany

Amira Fritz (1979) is German and currently lives in Paris and Berlin. She holds a degree in photography from the HGBLVA of Vienna.
Colorful flower arrangements, almost too perfect to be true, bloom in the middle of a clearing or behind a bunch of briars. At the edge of the forest they seem to multiply, as if their geometric shapes were drawn in by the vertical trunks of the woods.
Amira grew up in the countryside, among the flowers. In fact, both her mother and her uncle are florists. During her recent trips back home, Amira asks her mother to compose a bouquet for her. The photographer then goes into the woods where she places the bouquet, sometimes as ostentatiously as possible, hoping to surprise a wanderer, sometimes hiding it behind a bush. After working its magic and surprising those who discover it, the bouquet is covered over with weeds and loses its natural beauty. These floral compositions, carefully confectioned and then let loose in the wild, cloud the natural landscape with a veil of mystery, an enigmatic quality that stems from the symbolic power of their colors as well as the events and emotions they conjure.
www.amirafritz.de


Amira Fritz, Untitled, 2007
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Amira Fritz, Untitled, 2007
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Amira Fritz, Untitled, 2007
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Scarlett Hooft Graafland
Netherlands

Scarlett Hooft Graafland (1973) lives in Amsterdam and works just about everywhere in the world. Between 2005 and 2008 she traveled to Iceland, China, Bolivia and the Arctic Circle, more precisely to Igloolik. These journeys all required careful preparation and were spent in close company of the local population, often over a period of several months. Each project attests to Scarlett Hooft Graafland’s particularly strong commitment to her artistic endeavor.
Scarlett was initially educated as a sculptor, and her photographic work has the attributes of an installation as well as a performance. In the lava fields of Iceland, the mountains of China or the deserts of Bolivia, she is the choreographer of extraordinary ballets: nude figures on a colorful rooftop, women sitting on a mound of salt, or young girls astride a pagoda. Elsewhere, in the majesty of a foggy landscape, she lays out the perfect circle of a pizza pie on top of a lotus: a most contemporary offering to the eternal mountains of Yangzhou. Scarlett’s images, poetic and surrealist, playfully displace ordinary objects in strange lands.
Scarlett Hooft Graafland studied art at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague, at the Bazalel Academy in Jerusalem and at the Parsons School of Design in New York.
www.scarletthooft.com


Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Vanishing Traces, from the series Soft Horizons, Bolivia, 2006-2007
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Scarlett Hooft Graafland, The Day after Valentine, China, 2006
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Scarlett Hooft Graafland, The Day after Valentine, China, 2006
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Philippe Jarrigeon
France

Philippe Jarrigeon (1982) holds a degree from the École Cantonale de Lausanne. He currently lives and works in Paris. At this year’s Hyères Festival, he exhibits a series of monumental still life images. A bunny sports a pair of sunglasses and a carefully-shaped hairdo made of plastic bananas: accessories that are elegantly coordinated with its red fur. Two pouting pigs have nothing left but their heads, both decorated with starry make-up. A shoe is decorated with an extravagant feather, its heel sticking out of its box. Gratuitous fantasies, these pieces look back at us with perfect composure, nonchalantly bearing their outrageous accessorization.
www.mikroshow.com


Philippe Jarrigeon, from the series Pieds de Poule, 2007
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Philippe Jarrigeon, from the series Pieds de Poule, 2007
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Philippe Jarrigeon, from the series Pieds de Poule, 2007
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Kayo Ume
Japan

Kayo Ume (1981) lives and works in Tokyo. She has published Danshi and Ume-me (The Eyes of Ume), respectively in 2006 and 2007.
Ume recalls the day that she first became interested in photography. It was one morning in her village, when she saw the prettiest girl in the neighborhood walking around with a camera hanging from her neck. Ume proceeded to buy her own camera in the hope of becoming more like that girl. Soon she discovered the pleasure of creating images, and her practice impelled her to take on the big city equipped with her camera.
In Osaka, Ume studied at the Japanese Institute of Photography and Film. Now wherever she goes, she always carries her Eos5. However, she is not overly obsessed with technique and readliy admits taking pictures using the P (for Program) setting, which she cleverly interprets as P for Professional.
Ume simply portrays the beauty of unusual moments, often choosing to photograph the minor accidents that occur during an ordinary day. Here she exhibits her pictures of “Danshi”, a group of pre-teen boys, all friends, playing after school or during vacation in the streets of Osaka. The boys go all out to make faces at the camera and at Ume, who is, after all, just another playmate.


Ume Kayo, from the series Danshi
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Ume Kayo, from the series Danshi
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Ume Kayo, from the series Danshi
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Adi Lavy
Israel / USA

Adi Lavy (1978) holds a degree from the School of Visual Arts. She lives and works in New York and Israel.
The serie shown here was shot at Camp Sundown, a very special kind of summer camp that hosts children and adolescents afflicted with a rare genetic disorder called XP (Xeroderma Pigmentosum). XP causes extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet rays, and the slightest exposure to sunlight can be fatal.
Working as a volunteer for the past two years, Adi Lavy has experienced first-hand the camp’s unusual schedule. At Camp Sundown, their day is our night. The photographer cannot work in daylight, nor can she use a flash, which forces her to take pictures with long exposures thereby slowing down her creative process. Night after night at Camp Sundown, Adi’s eyes gradually accomodate to the obscurity and begin to perceive that which had hitherto remained hidden by the light of day. Her landscapes at dawn or her arresting portraits of campers immersed in the half-light radiate an envelopping softness. These pictures testify to the photographer’s sensitivity in approaching her subjects. Their artistic strength is magnetic.
www.adilavy.com


Adi Lavy, from the series Camp Sundown, 2006
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Adi Lavy, from the series Camp Sundown, 2006
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Adi Lavy, from the series Camp Sundown, 2006
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Spencer Murphy
Great Britain

Spencer Murphy (1978) is based in London. He currently teaches at The Falmouth University College. Last year, the photographer traveled to Abu Dhabi to attend the “Defence Exhibition”, an international arms show. Just like in any other convention, red carpets and green plants are all that is available to liven up an otherwise hopelessly depressing atmosphere. Salesmen wait on potential customers; in this strictly organized environment, boredom is everywhere. Spencer Murphy photographs the empty trade show, emphasizing its graphic elements in order to close in on the venue’s asepsis and the “products” on display. Occasionally, he attempts a face-to-face encounter with a sales representative, caught in the midst of a demonstration or just sitting, indifferent, next to his arsenal.
www.spencermurphy.co.uk


Spencer Murphy,Untitled, 2007
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Spencer Murphy, Untitled, 2007
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Spencer Murphy, Untitled, 2007
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Diana Scherer
Netherlands

Diana Scherer (1971) lives and works in Amsterdam. She holds a diploma from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Her photographic work is a way of playing between her dual desire for both space and illusion, an image-within-an-image. In the series “Fragments” a woman holds to her breast a paper doll, an image cut out and incorporated into the three-dimensional space of the photograph. In “Still-Life”, the series shown at the Hyères Festival, three-dimensional space lies dying on the printed surface. The image, in an unstable balance, associates the raw violence of reality—since these animals are not feigning death—with the softness of the printed page: forever the bucolic and peaceful landscape.
www.dianascherer.nl


Diana Scherer, The Fox, from the series Still-Life, 2007
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Diana Scherer, The Canary, from the series Still-Life, 2007
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Diana Scherer, The Swan, de la série Still-Life, 2007
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Patrick Tsai & Madi Ju, My Little Dead Dick

Patrick Tsai (1981) and Madi Ju (1983) live in Pekin. Patrick studied film and video at CalArts, Los Angeles while Madi studied French at the University of Guang Dong. After finishing his studies, Patrick moved to Taipei to continue a practice in photograpy. As for Madi, she launched the online magazine “After17”. One day in the summer of 2006, Patrick and Madi simultaneously discovered each other’s work on the web. Intrigued by this happy coincidence, they got in touch and corresponded over several months before they decided to actually meet. When they did, they proceeded to fall in love, quit their respective jobs, move in together and travel. Their life as a couple marks the beginning of a photographic collaboration that takes the form of a diary. The entries are regularly posted via their blog mylittledeaddick.com: blissful and playfully indecent.
www.mylittledeaddick.com


Patrick Tsai & Madi Ju, Untitled, My Little Dead Dick Diary, 2006
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Patrick Tsai & Madi Ju, from the series PatPat vs Madi, by PatPat, 2006
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Patrick Tsai & Madi Ju, from the series PatPat vs Madi, by Madi, 2006
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Audrey Corregan

Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

Amira Fritz

Scarlett Hooft Graafland

Philippe Jarrigeon

Kayo Ume

Adi Lavy

Spencer Murphy

Diana Scherer

Patrick Tsai & Madi Ju