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Perpignan worth the trip?

greetings everyone,

to those who have been to visa pour l’image, as advice to an emerging photographer, is it worth the re$ources to make that trip?


by Noelle Theard at 2006-04-25 22:38:02 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Miami , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

yes it s great , if you looking for a agency or meet a lot of photographers and it s a very nice place but ….

by Stephane Lehr | 26 Apr 2006 03:04 | Geneva, Switzerland | | Report spam→
yes, Perpignan is VERY good.

by [former member] | 26 Apr 2006 04:04 | home in Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
But, what?

by candace feit | 26 Apr 2006 04:04 | dakar, Senegal | | Report spam→
but…… to see many friends are good , to meet so many photographers in a same place, when you see someone last time in afghanistan or angola or…… is funny and fun…… but the bizness with agency fell strange, that place, it s look like a supermarket…… anyway

by Stephane Lehr | 26 Apr 2006 04:04 | Geneva, Switzerland | | Report spam→
I’d say if you’re not 100% happy with your portfolio, don’t go. If you have too much black and white, that can be unfortunate. If you don’t have a digital camera, don’t go as no one will offer you assignments. If you live in New York, don’t go as you can meet most editors there in a more relaxed environment. And no one needs another New York photographer. I’ve seen a lot of newbies come away dissapointed. That said, it’s a lot of fun.

by John Perkins | 26 Apr 2006 05:04 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I agree that it great to meet old friends and to make new ones. It has great parties, the beach is awesome and the exhibitions aren’t bad either…
But I think many newbies get the idea they will come from Perpignan with a contract or something, and often get disappointed. My felling is that even the agencies are more in a a “selling” attitude than in a “buying” mode.
In my first year I hadn’t great expectations, so I wasn’t disapointed…

by Alexandre Vaz | 26 Apr 2006 06:04 | Lisbon, Portugal | | Report spam→
it is a supermarket, very comercial, but it does the job!
as said, you meet a lot of old friends, and make new ones.
and John: everything you wrote is simply wrong! there are every kind of agency and reps there, “most” editors do not live in NYC, and you can get good contacts even if you shoot black and white and on film.
and… it’s fun!

by [former member] | 26 Apr 2006 09:04 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Alexandre, I think you are right about that, the agencies are definitely there in a selling mode. They are there to represent and boost their image. But they will look you over too, and that is worthwhile even if it doesnt lead to anything immediately. Rarely does anything lead to something concrete immediately, but you are planting seeds there for future growth.

Guilad I get your point, but I would add one thing. I prefer to deal with the editors in my own way, sending out pitches, calling to follow up. It is working,a nd it is a good pattern to fall into. After all, you need to be doing this kind of thing on a regular basis; Perpignan is a once a year event and there are so many people vying for attention, I always feel I can do better on my own. But that is just my MO and my temperament. Others thrive in the Perpignan atmosphere. Also, I dont think it matters where you are; I contact people from all over and I am living on a small forgotten island. It doesnt seem to matter much. If the editors are interested, they dont careif you are in NY or Timbuctoo, though of course I cannot drop by people’s offices very easily. But many photogs I know schedule regular editorial rounds when they are in town in NYC. I agree with you that Black and white doesnt necessarily keep one from getting work though. But I do always get the “but you shoot digital dont you” question.

by Jon Anderson | 26 Apr 2006 09:04 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
jon, your post is very interesting. i was thinking to visit perpignan this year – in combination with a nice camping holiday. i found this thread from last year where someone wrote that in perpignan editor are surrounded by 20+ photographers trying to show their portofolios. this is definitely not what i like to do. my pictures are one side of me but my personality is another.

that’s why i always imaged to go the way you described: sending out pitches and trying to make myself “visible”, using the possibilities of the web. unfortunately i am not so successful so far. i am still trying to figure out why – maybe sending the wrong stories to the wrong magazines… still i believe that this is the method for me and i am happy to read that it seems to work, at least for you.

by Oliver Dietze | 26 Apr 2006 12:04 (ed. Apr 26 2006) | saarbruecken, Germany | | Report spam→
Oliver, Jon all – that is a good question. I am doing a similar thing – researching, shooting, pitching and hoping things get picked up and run. Sometimes with success, often without… for people having good success with this – how? Is it persistence? contacts? style? putting everything out there and hoping something sticks?

by candace feit | 26 Apr 2006 12:04 | dakar, Senegal | | Report spam→
On the subject of Perpignan-
I was a little disconcerted by an email I received a couple of days before the deadline to submit photo stories for the
slideshows and exhibitions at Perpignan. In it I was told, that while I had a great proposal for a slideshow, other photographers
covering the same topic had already been promised that their images wouldbe exhibited and shown there. But it was a week before
the deadline!! Do you need to have inside connections to be exhibited? Aren’t the stories decided upon after receiving all the proposals?
I don’t mean to be a nag; I’m just weary of the process and wondering what other people’s takes are on that?
looking forward/k.

by [former member] | 26 Apr 2006 14:04 | montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
Kitra i wish I could answer you, because that is a good question. I suggest you PM Bruno and get his opinion. Your stuff should have been accepted, particularly as it won an award, but I dont know about the criteria they use and I dont participate.

Candace, read the Editorial Protocols Tutorial in the Resources section of LS. Editors chimed in with their advice for Photogs. Take it with a grain of salt of course. I find that email approaches sometimes work, butyou are likely to be buried and deleted. Calling is key, and maybe I didnt stress that enough in the article (I have to revise it still). My feeling is that if you are calling a place after having sent them some kind of solicitation, it is best to call the receptionist or asst editor and ask them straight out when the best time is to call the editor so as not to call at a bad time. Then make that follow up call. One editor on the survey said it was best to go to straight to the top, but I find the Asst editors often are the gatekeepers who winnow some of the wheat from the chaff first, and they are more likely to talk to you and help. I recently had a funny experience where I had sent a few email solicitations in a row,and then when I finally got a chance to call, they said they hadnt seen them. Well I didnt have the editor’s personal address, so I imagine it never got to him, and that is something that at times you can only get if you call. However, the phone call worked its magic, and the moment I explained the story, they were all ears. You never know.

by Jon Anderson | 26 Apr 2006 15:04 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
When do they make the selections then?

by John Perkins | 26 Apr 2006 15:04 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Yes. Go. It’s well worth the trip. Lots happening and lots of people to meet. Most of the major agencies are there and the slide shows are great.

by Kevin Coombs | 26 Apr 2006 15:04 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I would’ve thought that they’d make selections after the 15th- the due date.
But I guess not.

by [former member] | 26 Apr 2006 20:04 (ed. Apr 26 2006) | montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
Kitra: and I am sorry for this, but perpignan is egographers reunion, better invest that (at least for me) shooting deer tails.

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 02:04 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
pitching stories to editors using the net can be ok IF they know you…you have to realize that picture editors in big mags are usually submerged by a very heavy workload, they often get several hundreds e-mails A DAY, they will typically try to find out what photographers they know write to them, but if they receive a dozen or more story proposals each with a dozen pictures in attachment from people they have never heard of, you understand that there is no way they can look at let alone respond to every single of the hopefuls.
In Perpignan you get the opportunity to MEET these picture editors IN PERSON, that means THEY get the opportunity to know YOU. I would suggest that when you show pictures to editors in Perpignan, you try to tell them who you are and show them a few representative pictures rather than trying to SELL your story at all cost. If they want to see more, they will ask you, if they want to publish your story, they will tell you, don’t worry.
From my personal experience, I can only say that I owe my career to the contacts I made in Perpignan: I left a previous career 7 years ago, bought a plane ticket, photographed a story, came back home a week before Perpignan, printed a (much too wide) selection of pictures and just flew there. My story was published, yes…but much more importantly some key people noticed this crazy middle-aged Belgian guy coming out of nowhere with a couple of half-decent photographs buried in the middle of a pile of uninteresting ones…the story I went to shoot after coming home, my second ever, was an exhibition in Perpignan the year after… there is hope!

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 02:04 | home in Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
the selection process in Perpignan can be a bit hectic, it is a 2-tier thing, Jean-Francois Leroy, the director must like your stuff..if he does, it is sent to a couple of picture editors who have been in charge of the actual programming of the evenings for many, many years. THEY put the programs together…depending on the subject, they will choose to show the work of ONE photographer to illustrate a story or make a ‘combo’ from various sources, especially if it is a big story.
I wouldn’t worry too much about the dates, they are just an indication.
For 3 years I had nothing showed in Visa; then last year, Jean-Francois saw my Sahara convoy story in March and decided it would make a nice screening; in May they decided they wanted to make a big evening screening on Africa; one of the picture editors selected my Darfur story to be part of that, so to my complete surprise I was told I had a second screening; then in July, upon my return from Uganda, I told Jean-Francois he should maybe take a look at what I had done…true to his caracter (haha!), he went balistic and told me I had 2 screenings already and should leave him alone, etc…the very next day he called me up and told me he had looked at the pictures and had been so moved by my night commuters’ story that he had decided to add a special screening to close the festival with it…
You have to understand that Visa is a wonderful thing, but it has its particularities: it is a festival made by a few madly passionate people for a lot of passionate people; as such the process is often very subjective and unfathomable, but the result is worth it…not perfect maybe, but always fascinating! Just go!

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 02:04 | home in Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
It is just happened that Bruno is great photographer ( I never meet him personally, but I know about his stories, Palestine, shooting with a film camera and blowing the wires agencies asses, and of course the pakistan work -why that feature don’t have a WPP?). But, I think Bruno is just an exception, like a few others. It is just my opinion,. sorry folks.
And after all, you can find hope everywhere !!!!

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 02:04 (ed. Apr 27 2006) | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
Thanks Hugo…I agree that Perpignan can be an ego circus sometimes, but you get to meet so many great people, and to see so much great work both on show and in the participants portfolio that it is worth the trip…I remember, the very first year I went, I met this very young (19) and incredibly nice guy at the terrace of the Cafe de la Poste, then I asked him if he was a photographer … he showed me about 20 very small color images…I was completely blown away, this guy was an absolute genius, a master, I couldn’t believe it! Seven years later, I remember every single of the 20 images he showed me that evening over a couple of (of course) pastis glasses, when we became instant friends…today, he is a fellow lightstalker, one of the finest photographers to emerge in the last decade and, oh yes, he is now with Magnum…his name is Jonas Bendiksen.

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 03:04 (ed. Apr 27 2006) | home in Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
Here, in my litle and courney country, i remember guys like him. Now they are editors. They shoot two stories and that’ s all. You can always can find genious, but how many can survive? My wife always is aeking me: when we are going to perpignan? I don’t how she know about perpignan. But I always say: when I have something to show… and after shooting deer tails in Patagonia ( I don’t know the translation of huemul, but I call them deer).

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 03:04 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
Here, in my litle and courney country, i remember guys like him. Now they are editors. They shoot two stories and that’ s all. You can always can find genious, but how many can survive? My wife always is aeking me: when we are going to perpignan? I don’t how she know about perpignan. But I always say: when I have something to show… and after shooting deer tails in Patagonia ( I don’t know the translation of huemul, but I call them deer).

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 03:04 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
your story from Uganda was brilliant. and thank you for replying to my concern, I just wanted to understand the way they process work. The scenario has now
been fully reframed in my mind. I think being spontaneous like that can be a very refreshing quality.
Thank you,

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 03:04 | montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
believe me, Jonas is doing much better than just surviving…on a more personal note, I have always wanted to visit Chile…shooting huemuls sounds fun… :-)

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 04:04 | home in Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
really when i see the kitra work about the settlers, pfffffffffff I am touched profoundation the kid who cries disturbs me ….
beautifs story
respect Kitra
take care

by Stephane Lehr | 27 Apr 2006 04:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Kitra, just like in the “edut mekomit” (remember that?) it’s all about who you know. don’t let anyone tell you different. Leroy is a known neputist, there are photographer who will always have a slot in Perpignan, more than that, he invites his friends to have exhibits in perpignan, while there is a very small slot for unkown photographers, and even they usually have to have some kind of affiliation to a rep he personally likes. some of the best exhibits you’ll see there weren’t submitted, but invited by Leroy.
your photos won the PPOYi, an american award, automatically dismissed by people like Leroy. and as beautiful as they are, you didn’t kiss anybody’s ass, so you can forget about seeing them hanging in Perpignan. my advice to you, there are many other awards and exhibits in the world that aren’t someone’s little kingdom, where you photos will be judged upon their quality and not the according to “who’s your daddy”…
as you know, i’m very bad at kissing asses (Nati Shohat…) but it never stopped me. i only got what my photos deserve, and it’s been a pretty good run so far…
if you go to Perpigan this year, you’ll see what i’m talking about, next to some amazing photos you’ll see stuff that… well, just stuff.
Perpignan is great because of the atmosphere, the networking, and some great exhibits. you should definetely go.

Candace: it’s a little of everything you said, while a good rep helps getting you good assignments, and sometimes stock sales. you need to do a lot of leg-work yourself. persistance is one thing, but consistence is just as important, you have to edit yourself very tightly, send only the best of your best, so that the client knows he’s getting only good stuff from you. it’s sometimes good to keep projects in your HD if you’re not completely happy with it. i’m very much against “putting everything out there and hoping something sticks”, Caviar shops don’t sell burgers. and if they did, you wouldn’t buy either the Caviar or the burger in that place…
p.s- your site looks good, but the loading is much too slow.


by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 07:04 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Guilad… you found a friend… me…..

by Stephane Lehr | 27 Apr 2006 07:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
oh putain, ca c’est un site photo! chapeau Stephane!

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 07:04 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
merci merci merci
le webmaster est en train de faire le meme via des images que j’ ai fait sur l’ afghanistan, sur des refugies dans le camp de Maslakh prés de la frontiere avec l’ Iran
que fais tu ? en ce moment ??

by Stephane Lehr | 27 Apr 2006 07:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
je gagne plein d’argent pour rien foutre.. ne demande pas pourquoi, je comprend pas non plus! mais si l’agence a envie de me payer des paquets de sous pour que je passe mon temp dans des cafe a Istanbul a emmerder le mode sur Lightstalkers, c’est leur probleme…
bref, je m’emmerde. mais je part pour l’Afghanistan dans quelque jours pour 3 semaines.

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 08:04 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
je reve d’ aller vivre au Liban, ton agence ne cherche pas un photographe qui veut gagner pleins d’ argents, manger, boire et voir les belles libanaises ????
éspérance éspérance……….

by Stephane Lehr | 27 Apr 2006 08:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
I think you are unfair to Jean Francois, may I remind you (to take a personal exemple but there are many many like this one) that when he decided to exhibit my Haiti story in Perpignan in 1999, I had been a photographer for less than a year, I was a total nobody (still am you might say), nobody had ever heard of me, I had no rep, it was a story out of the main stream, so if you knew me a little you would know that I choose very carefully whose ass to kiss…and these asses are usually chosen for their high aesthetic values, not for career moves…

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 08:04 | home in Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
…“if you knew me a little you would know”…? i didn’t criticize anything aqbout you, and i didn’t say anything about your ass kissing!?
i did however say there is only a small (tiny) slot for unknown photographers. congratulations on making that slot.
what i said about Leroy is not from my personal experience, it’s from the experience of many of my friends and colleagues. and i stick to it. (just ask Jim Nachtwey what happens when you piss off Leroy)

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 08:04 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Mal bare pour le Liban, y’a beaucoup trop de photographes au Liban qui au rien a foutre depuis la fin de la guerre… mais tu peux toujours allez faire une histoire differente et vendre ca au mags. si c’est pour aller voire les libanaises, je viens!

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 08:04 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
non mais c’ est le reve…. j’ aimerai vivre au Liban et etre specialiste du moyen orient et asie central pour l’ agence avec laquel je bosse…
il faut que je fasse le grand saut…. j’ ai besoin d’ avoir une gagnotte pour partir…..

by Stephane Lehr | 27 Apr 2006 08:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
etre specialiste du moyenne orient et asie central pour une agence? tu connais UN photographe ou cameraman qui veux pas ca? j’en ai 50 qui me demande que ca… je veux pas etre mechant, mais mieux vaux jouer a loto…
essaie plutot la chine, c’est la nouvelle vague.

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 08:04 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
au faite, le liban c’est pas vraiment la bonne base pour couvrire la region. tu serais mieux a Jerusalem ou Istanbul.

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 08:04 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
De long et pénibles efforts seront nécessaires avant que ce soit possible mais…. je persiste ….

by Stephane Lehr | 27 Apr 2006 08:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
je te croise les doigts frere.

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 08:04 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Je vais recommencer le discussion en anglais..encore je pose deux questions:

1. Coming from North America to Perpignan, is it better to come in to Paris or Barcelona?

2. What 3-4 (4-5?) days exactly should a first-timer come for (assuming one does not have two weeks to spend there?)

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 11:04 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
barcelone think better… from paris you must take the train all night
4 days is good but you can visit also around the place
what do you lookin for , find a agency or just visit and watch photos exposition

by Stephane Lehr | 27 Apr 2006 11:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
I’d like to make some agency contacts, but not for assignments. I’d like to feel out the industry a bit, see some excellent pj work and GO TO THE LIGHTSTALKER PARTY (it will no doubt be THE hot ticket of the whole event!).

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 11:04 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
interesting discussion ;)))….bob

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 12:04 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
The lower your expectations, the better. Relax, have fun, see some great work and after a few years visiting Visa, things start to make sense. If you learn anything it’ll be how to crash parties at Les Trois Seours for free wine and snacks. Perpignan is a great place to meet editors, socialize and with some luck, make an ass out of yourself by getting too drunk and doing a tango the last night at the convent with an editor from the Newsweek (no names mentioned of course).

“Do you need to have inside connections to be exhibited? "

Well, it is in France, so connections certainly help but are not everything.

Re: Portfolios. Better to show one good story than a portfolio of images. Editors see those all year in their offices.

Don’t forget your tattered Domke hip bag, and Leica.

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 12:04 (ed. Apr 27 2006) | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Points in your favour if you want to be selected for the Perpignan festival:

- You are French (or from a French speaking country)
- You are an FOJ-F (Friend of Jean-François)
- You have an agency in Paris (like Agence VU)
- You are pro-Palestinian
- You hate George Bush
- You are a chain smoker

Points not in your favour if you want to be selected for the Perpignan festival:

- You are American (or otherwise from a country that’s involved in the Iraq war on the American (ehhh “Coalition of the Willing”) side.
- You are in any way related to the Israeli people (I.E. a Jewish or Hebrew name doesn’t help)
- You submit a story from the Middle East conflict that shows anything but the Palestinians suffering from Israeli aggression (for example Israelis suffering from Palestinian terrorism)
- You are frequently published in or affiliated with a well established American magazine (like TIME or Newsweek) that Jean-François considers to be right wing.

The exhibitions and evening views of the VISA-festival in Perpignan are all about politics. If you go, prepare for tiresome (Anti-American) political lectures from Jean-François Leroy every evening.

If this doesn’t scare you off, go there from Wednesday to Saturday in the first (aptly named “Professional’s”) week. Before and after those four days there’s nothing going on. (The agencies don’t even build up their stands in the Congress Hall until Wednesday.)

by Jan-Edward Dijkhuizen | 27 Apr 2006 13:04 (ed. Apr 27 2006) | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
I am sorry but the above post is completely unfair and even insulting…that Jean Francois Leroy has strong opinions, yes! …I don’t want to become Visa’s defence attorney, but to accuse J-F of being antisemitic (quote:“- You are in any way related to the Israeli people (I.E. a Jewish name doesn’t help)” unquote) is stepping WAY beyond the line of acceptable comments as well as being utterly ridiculous, a significant number of his close collaborators bear ‘Jewish names’! Just look at he list of past exhibitions and you will see that your other comments are just plainly false… I could go on like that and destroy word by word most of your argument…I will say only two things: first, if you don’t like it, don’t go; second, if it was soooo bad, how are you going to explain that Visa has seen a constantly rising attendance for the last 17 years to become arguably the most respected Photojournalism festival in the world? and yet, you have ONE valid point: J-F doesn’t like George Bush very much…then again he is not the only one on this planet…

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 14:04 | home in Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
your opinion is too hard and unfounded
to easy and racist … look at you before….. i m not defend jf Leroy but i defend his work he is what is he and you and i don ’t know….

by Stephane Lehr | 27 Apr 2006 14:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
There’s lots of examples. But let me just quote one, from Photo District Newswire (concerning the 2003 festival):

For the grand finale of the presentation, Leroy asked two photographers, one Israeli and one Palestinian, to submit the best of their work from the past year. First up was Reuters photographer Ahmed Jadallah, a Palestinian who was recently shot and severely injured by Israeli soldiers. Leroy said Jadallah and Reuters only sent in one type of picture, that of Palestinians as innocent victims, and the presentation showed that and only that.

On the other hand, Ziv Koren, an Israeli photographer working for Polaris, sent in a more varied view of the conflict. Koren submitted around 180 pictures, about 60 of which were used, showing both Israelis and Palestinians as innocent victims, but also pictures of daily life and portraits of political leaders. After seeing the projection, which Koren did not get to preview, the photographer was disappointed that none of his pictures showing Israelis blown up by Palestinian suicide bombers made the slideshow.

“I was surprised to see that the slideshow was not balanced,” he said, trying his best to sound diplomatic. “Over the last year, I’ve shot six or seven major bombings in Israel. I have extremely strong pictures of Israelis being victims, and the projection just did not show that. Not even a single image.”

@Bruno: How do you explain that the last few years an increasing number of well respected American photojournalists have stopped attending the Visa festival because (in their own words) ‘they didn’t want to be verbally harrassed’? Is the only answer to that “If you don’t like, just don’t go”? Is the VISA festival meant to be a manifestation of a certain political point of view, or of excellent photojournalism?

by Jan-Edward Dijkhuizen | 27 Apr 2006 15:04 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Interesting take on Leroy can be found here. I think it’s honest and balanced. Might be of interest to all concerned. Hope it helps! :))-cheers, bob


I think its an honest and ultimately celebratory essay about Visa and all its beauty and f*cked up madness: to me, in a world: the vital, necessary, sometime vitriolic, nature which is our commond brotherhood/sisterhood….

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 15:04 (ed. Apr 27 2006) | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
Neal, Of course Barcelona is very close, but you can take a TGV from Paris and get down to Perpignan in 4-5 hours. I went for the first time last year after hearing about it for years and found it to be only ok. It gets built up in your mind. . . the nightly screenings were mediocre in my opinion. I liked Arles much more for its content, but of course it depends on if you are a hardcore photojournalist or not. . . Davin.

by Davin Ellicson | 27 Apr 2006 15:04 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Jan,I don’t want to start an online political argument especially one involving the Middle East…Ahmed could only show ONE type of pictures because he lives in Gaza and was not allowed to leave the Gaza Strip…let me just say that Ziv is a good friend… no photographer gets a preview from his/her show (it can happen, but it is extremely rare and usually for some technical reason)…Visa is what it is and Visa is what J-F and his team decide. Photojournalism IS political.

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 16:04 | home in Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
Sounds more and more like I gotta go! And as a lagniap I apparently can also witness fistfights involving Leroy! Colorful……….

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 16:04 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Ziv is a friend, he work in my agency and i know Ahmed to
the problem is the french newspapers and the french mentality , not for all of course but never and never you can sell a story about the sadness to israely people. it s not Leroy problem, is it the mentality french and i m sad because i am french anyway……….

by Stephane Lehr | 27 Apr 2006 16:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Neal, nice vocab—lagniap. A pleasant, unexpected surprise, right?! Davin

by Davin Ellicson | 27 Apr 2006 16:04 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
This has become a very interesting post ( perhaps a new one regarding “french media”). In any case I want to go to the festival, It is a festival after all. I am going to have fun a meet some of you.

by Alex Reshuan | 27 Apr 2006 16:04 (ed. Apr 27 2006) | | Report spam→
Arles all the way! http://www.rencontres-arles.com/

by Davin Ellicson | 27 Apr 2006 16:04 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Hi Alex, really like your attitude.
Same here, going anyway, will enjoy and have fun, and looking foward to meeting fellow LS in person.

by Wendy Marijnissen | 27 Apr 2006 17:04 | Antwerp, Belgium | | Report spam→
Bruno: you are welcome to visit Chile. You have my place and a lots of contact to shoot in the country. Cheers,

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 17:04 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
muchas gracias amigo…I might well take that offer seriously one of these days…I hope you like Belgian chocolate…

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 18:04 | home in Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
Yep, lagniap is a word which I believe came from the Cajun french and means “a little something extra.”

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 18:04 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Take the offer seriously. I like belgium chocolate!!!

by [former member] | 27 Apr 2006 22:04 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→

make sure that you do go to Perpignan. any photographer serious about his work and about seeing some seriously good photojournalism from around the world should be there. visa pour l’image does not promise that it will meet the needs of young or even experienced photographers. what it does is bring some of the best photojournalists, writers, editors, and agencies all together in one small city where they can find ways of meeting each other. and i will add that bruno’s experience is not that unusual. yes, he is a talented photographer, but he is also a dogged and determined photographer not afraid of showing people his work and talking about it. and that is something young photographers have to learn to do. for a young photographer, it is perhaps one of the best learning and inspiring experiences around. what matters at this stage for a young photographer is to be inspired, and challenged by the work of some (if not all) the best that are out there. and we have to be confronted with the challenge of walking up to major editors and asking them to see the work, without fear of rejection or else. this is an essential part of the process of learning to be a professional, and an important aspect of being confident in yourself as well. so go. its fun, its scary, but its one the most exciting events of the year and the only one that i think can really make a difference in your work and career.

by [former member] | 28 Apr 2006 01:04 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Asim, that may very well be the best post on here. Solid advice.

by Jon Anderson | 28 Apr 2006 07:04 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
i can’t phrase it better than Howe, so here goes:
“One final word on Jean François Leroy. For all of his intolerance of criticism and his often explosive nature, without him there would never have been Visa Pour L’Image, and as importantly there would be no Visas in the future. This festival, which is one of the very few remaining celebrations of photojournalism, is his child, and he’s a very strict father. The drive that everyone sees during the event, and which often contributes to his outbursts, is at least equaled by the intensity of the efforts that precede the opening. Not only is Visa a wonderful place to bathe yourself in good photography, it’s also a great place to do business. I was there this year with one of my consultancy clients, and he managed to completely reorganize his European sub-agent network in two days, much to his surprise, but not mine. So, Jean François, above it all I salute your vision and hard work, and assure you that I will return for as long as you’re continuing to produce that upon which we have come to rely. Unless of course you ban me for writing this column!

© 2002 Peter Howe"

p.s- is my name Jewish / Israeli enough? i got work out of Perpigan the first year i went there.

by [former member] | 28 Apr 2006 07:04 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
btw, what’s this Arles thingy? i looked at the site, but i couldn’t quite figure it out.. is it just a bunch of exhibit and workshops? who is it aimed at? is it photojournalism? wut?

by [former member] | 28 Apr 2006 07:04 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
lok at that

by Stephane Lehr | 28 Apr 2006 07:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Guilad regarde c est le site officiel

by Stephane Lehr | 28 Apr 2006 07:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→

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