Treviso (Italy), June 21st, 2010. 287 entries coming from photographers of 43 different countries were submitted to the Jury of F award, a contest promoted by Fabrica, Research Centre on Communication, Treviso, and Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia, Milan. 19 entries were submitted to the F25 award.
Chaired by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator of the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art of New York, the Jury has met on June 18th, 2010 at Fabrica, in Treviso (Italy), to select the winners and was including the following members:
Monica Allende, Director of Photography, The Sunday Times Magazine
Enrico Bossan, Director of Photography, Fabrica
Melissa Harris, Editor-in-chief, Aperture magazine
Roberto Koch, President, Forma
Paolo Pellegrin, Photographer Magnum Photos
Urs Stahel, Director of the Museum of Winterthur (Zurich)
The recipients of the awards are:
Jérôme Sessini, France
Essay: So far from God, too close to America
“The Jury agreed unanimously that Jérôme Sessini's ongoing exploration of drug-related violence in Mexico at the U.S. border is remarkable for its sustained engagement with an increasingly alarming and dangerous reality, for its attention to concrete particulars, and for its ambition to convey the scope and complexity of the conflict".
Matt Eich, USA
Essay: Carry Me Ohio
“In an effort to give a voice to increasingly marginalized communities destroyed by nearly 150 years of unmitigated mining, Matt Eich documents the daily lives of the people in Southeastern Ohio. Once rich in coal, salt, clay and timber, this region has been stripped bare of all natural resources—its people left to fend for themselves with minimal opportunities, horrific housing conditions, and sub-standard schools. As occurs in so many impoverished areas, the fabric holding together these communities is slowly disintegrating, as the people become more and more demoralized, often turning to drugs. Matt’s ongoing exploration conveys their struggles—further exacerbated and contextualized by the current economic situation—while simultaneously pays homage to their strength and resilience in the face of such adversity”.
The F award is a creation of Fabrica, the Benetton Group’s Research Centre on Communication, based in Treviso, and Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia, Milan, a joint initiative of Fondazione Corriere della Sera and Contrasto.
The winning F project will receive a contribution of euro 20.000, the possibility of publishing a book and of having an exhibition of the selected work. The F25 winner (for photographers under 25), will be awarded a one year scholarship in Fabrica’s Photography Department.
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