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
© Rip Hopkins par Rip hopkins (de la série Canada Canada, 2017) © Agence VU' / Galerie Le Réverbère