Created in 2008, the Prix Levallois is a springboard for young international photographic creation. For ten years, it has been rewarding photographers under 35. A freedom of tone and expression that seduces young photographers whose approaches are free from any artistic division. The Prize doesn’t require a theme nor a format, only the quality of the work counts in the process of selecting artists.
Each year there are fifteen nominees. Their projects are presented with impartiality and good will in front of a jury in order to reward a Laureate and a Special Mention. The jury is composed of five members : four people from the world of photography and a member of the City of Levallois' town hall. The Audience award is attributed after an online vote that gives voice to all photography lovers.
Award-winning photographers will be guided by the curators who will help them finalise their project. The challenge is to reveal the quality of their proposition, by highlighting its intelligence and sensitivity.
Photographs of the three winners will be shown at the Galerie L’Escale in Levallois, in October-November.
The Laureate (winner of the first prize) receives a 10 000 € grant, the Special Mention receives a DSLR camera.
IIII The 2019 sponsor : Rip Hopkins
Rip Hopkins, an English photographer born in 1972, is the sponsor of the 2019 edition and will be a member of the jury. He will host the prize award ceremony during Les Rencontres d’Arles in July 2019 and the opening of the exhibition at the Galerie l’Escale of Levallois in October 2019.
« Rip Hopkins seems at first “unclassifiable”, he escapes the usual artistic categories, and surprises with the heterogeneity of his course and his images. [...] At the border of documentary and fiction, realism and a subjective point of view, Rip Hopkins subtly intermixes testimony with plastic preoccupations (lights, colours, lines, motifs set in resonance), without denying himself a few detours through humour or the incongruous. [...]Photography is here, in the artistic and human sense, a meeting. » Jean-Emmanuel Denave, Identité(s) 08, Lyon Septembre de la photographie, Milan, Silvana Editoriale, 2008
IIII Exhibition The 2019 laureates
The show presented at the Galerie l’Escale of Levallois from October 4 to November 23, 2019, will present the works of the three awarded photographers.
The opening and the award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 3, from 7:00 PM, in attendance of the sponsor, Rip Hopkins, the laureates and the members of the jury.
The Prix Levallois will receive a €10 000 grant and the Special Mention, an Olympus Pen-F DSLR camera.
IIII A few words from the artistic directors about the 2019 edition
"The 2019 Prix Levallois confirms its international status : 670 candidates from 77 nationalities (France, 278; Russia, 68; Iran, 50; Italy, 21...) with near-perfect parity! After looking at more than 10,000 photographs, we have chosen 15 photographers (8 women, 7 men). They are from a number of different countries: France (3), Russia (3), Italy (2), Iran (2), India (1), Mexico (1), Costa Rica (1), Belgium (1) and the UK (1).
As we did during the selection process in 2018, we have paid close attention to the general trends present in the portfolios we received. This year’s offering confirmed the dominance of documentary photography, often giving the sense that it is only the subject which counts - as if this on its own were enough!
However, we did also receive many portraits and self-portraits, still lifes, landscapes, bodies in nature, environmental subjects, and yet again a large number of works in black and white.
In our view, photography is a way of writing about the world, not a banal method for recording it. While making our selection, we prioritised those candidates who did not give in to the temptations of imagery, and who rather presented true photographic challenges, both in their engagement with, and reflection on, their subjects, and in the quality of their conceptual and plastic ways of writing.
Now it’s your turn to explore our selection, which we hope is qualitative and invigorating."
Catherine Dérioz et Jacques Damez - Galerie Le Réverbère