The jury gathered via video-conference on the 8th of June would like to thank the 15 finalists for the quality of their applications. The sponsor 2020 Jane Evelyn Atwood, surrounded by Philippe Ariagno, Frédérique Chapuis, Aurélia Marcadier and Stéphane Decreps have selected the 2 laureates with graceful unanimity thanks to their fruitful, passionate and invested discussions about the series of each photographer.
In a few words, the 3 Laureates you will discover at the Galerie de L'Escale from October 1st, 2020 then at La Passerelle - scène nationale à Gap, January 15 to April 3, 2021 :
Prix Levallois 2020
Lionel Jusseret subtly opens up worlds that are inaccessible to us: the ones of Autism and of childhood.The visions, the attitudes, the twisting of the bodies are making us alert, here we discover and can trace the the fading ripple effect that keeps us apart from those kids and their imagination.
Lionel Jusseret in his lengthy and dedicated research confirms that being a photographer is about taking ownership of the world rather than simply transcribing it.
Special Mention 2020
Stanislava Novgorodtseva goes through what developed her perceptions: Crimea and its complex history become the foundation of an intimate fiction. She divides and collects moments of life where loneliness and melancholic obsolescence meet.
Işik Kaya uses photography to gather and create a typology of cell towers that were disguised as tree artefacts. Here the testimony and condemnation coexist in a statement where the photographs serve a sociological purpose.
Catherine Dérioz et Jacques Damez
Prix Levallois Art direction