Gilles Coulon wins the 8th edition of the Grand Prix “A Photographer for Eurazeo”
The Grand Prix jury has awarded the 8th “A Photographer for Eurazeo” prize to Gilles Coulon, from among submissions received on the theme “Re-enchanting the Corporate World. He will receive a €10,000 endowment and his work will be showcased at the exhibition, “A Photographer for Eurazeo”, to be held at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, in Paris, from January 17 to February 25, 2018. Mr. Coulon’s photographic series will also appear in the Eurazeo annual report and will be exhibited at the company’s Paris office.
Born in 1966, Gilles Coulon has been a member of the Tendance Floue collective since 1996. In 1997, he was awarded the World Press Photo First Prize in the “Daily Life” category for his work on the nomadic tribes of Mali and Mauritania. http://tendancefloue.net/gillescoulon/bio/
On the “Re-enchanting the Corporate World” theme, Gilles Coulon explains: “To capture this idea, I looked at the corporation as a place, an entity, as both a theatre and an actor in this process. Like a silent character, biding his time before resuming his role to say what has been forgotten. What if the corporate world’s re-enchantment was simply restoring its meaning, its humanity? Rousing sleeping giants, breathing life into bygone castles. Shining a light and seeing the resurrection of these buildings, their transformation into living workspaces.”
Jean-François Camp, Chairman of the jury, added: “I was immediately touched by Gilles Coulon’s photography (…) In the Grand Prix, “A Photographer for Eurazeo”, he raises our awareness in the face of a deindustrialized world (…) It’s a tremendous challenge to reveal what’s saddening in order to trigger the desire to act. Ultimately, it’s art whose aesthetic and humanistic voice calls on us to undertake and develop new economic creations.”
“Re-enchanting the Corporate World” is a theme that can be interpreted in a 1,001 different ways … Is it not inventing new means of working, new forms of cooperation, new practices, innovating, undertaking, changing surroundings, re-enchanting industrial sites … ? We were delighted with the work of Gilles Coulon, our 2017 winner, as in a time of digital disruption, he offers an original, intriguing, and enigmatic vision of this theme. Eurazeo has been promoting photography for over 15 years and is both pleased to reward this work and proud that part of its collection will be exhibited at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in early 2018,” stated Patrick Sayer, CEO of Eurazeo.
Jean-François Camp, President of the jury, Chairman of the photo laboratory, Central DUPON Images
Philippe Audouin, CFO and member of the Eurazeo 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
Marc Krüger, Winner of the 2016 competition
Jean-Luc Monterosso, Director of La Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Patrick Sayer, Chairman of the Eurazeo Executive Board
Corinne Thorillon, Deputy Chief of Service photo-culture – Paris Match
Eurazeo employees have one vote