For the past fifteen years, Eurazeo has actively supported photography through the purchase of original works, which are showcased in its annual report and in its Paris and New York offices. In 2010, the investment company decided to further this policy by creating a competition rewarding a professional or student photographer’s work based on an annual theme. The contest, known as “A photographer for Eurazeo,” covers all fields of photography and the full spectrum of photographers: known, unknown, confirmed, emerging, visual artists, reporters, landscape, portrait, etc.
Over each of the past nine years, photographers have been invited to delve into their imagination and present their vision of the competition’s theme In addition to a coherently structured photo series, the ten-member Grand Prix jury comprising professionals from the world of photography and Eurazeo representatives seeks to reward work that reflects a personal and committed vision. Over the years, “A photographer for Eurazeo” has recognized the work of photographers from diverse backgrounds, including Jean-François Rauzier, Alexandre Parrot, Christophe Dugied, Michel Kirch, Hans Silvester, Muriel Bordier, Marc Krüger and Gilles Coulon. This MEP exhibition brings together their works for the first time.
This year, the jury rewarded Guillaume Amat (http://www.guillaumeamat.com/) and his series La Profondeur des Roches. Born in 1980, Guillaume is a graduate of the MJM Art School and has been a professional photographer since 2005. In 2017, he contributed to Open Fields – France(s) Territoire Liquide, a collective work dedicated to the French landscape involving 43 photographers. His projects constantly question the very nature of photographic representation using various types of cameras, formats and sensitive surfaces. Drawing on the properties offered by diverse materials and techniques, his is a constant search for the ideal medium from a photographic perspective. Ultimately, Guillaume’s images challenge the divide between reality and imagination.
Jean-François Camp, President of the jury
Virginie Morgon, CEO of Eurazeo
Philippe Audouin, Directeur Général Finances – CFO and member of the Executive Board
Dimitri Beck, Rédacteur en chef de Polka
Elisabeth Bret-Sayer Photographer
Emmanuelle de l’Ecotais, in charge of photographic collections of the Museum of Modern Art
Gilles Coulon, Winner of the 2017 competition
Jean-Luc Monterosso, Former director of La Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Corinne Thorillon, Deputy Chief of Service photo-culture – Paris Match
Eurazeo employees have one vote