To celebrate the relationship between France and the United States on Bastille Day, we've compiled a small list of visual storytellers that have either French or U.S. origin. 

 

Laurence Geai  

FRANCE. Laurence is a self-taught photojournalist since 2014. She is distributed by Sipa Agency and covers conflicts and the human cost of their consequences. Her work has been published in Le Monde, Le JDD, Le Nouvel Obs, Le Figaro, Paris Match, le Pelerin and The Washington Post.

Calais, France

Two young refugees try to capture telephone network on a hill in the refugee camp known as the “Jungle of Calais”. According to some associations, there are more than 400 unaccompanied minors living in the makeshift camp in the north of France.

Laurence's photograph was installed in Sarajevo.

 

Nina Berman

USA. Nina, a member of NOOR, is a documentary photographer, author, and educator, whose photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 international venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Portland Art Museum, and Dublin Contemporary. She is the author of two monographs Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, portraits, and interviews with wounded American veterans, and Homeland, which explores the militarization of American life post September 11. She’s received awards from the World Press Photo Foundation, Pictures of the Year International,  the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Open Society Foundation.

USA, Ohio, Cleveland

July 20, 2016

Republican supporters gather in the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena, to nominate Donald Trump as the Republican Party nominee for President of the USA.

As part of the Rise of Populism exhibition held at FOAM Museum, we installed the above image in Amsterdam.

 

Hugo Aymar

FRANCE. Hugo is an independent photographer distributed by the French agency Haytham Pictures.

Esztergom, Hungary

February 14, 2014

During a Jobbik conference, a protester wears a yellow star in protest. Antifascist organizations and members of the Jewish community protest during the conference of Gabor Vona in a former local synagogue of Esztergom. More than 500 Jews were deported from Esztergom during the Second World War. Protesters denounce a provocation of Jobbik.

As part of the Rise of Populism exhibition held at FOAM Museum, we installed the above image in Amsterdam.

 


Yann Castanier

FRANCE. Yann was born in Sète in 1986, and now lives in Paris. He is both a photographer and editor, and is a member of the Hans Lucas studio. He pursues two ideologies through his work as a photojournalist: the far right movements (French Action, Saint Pius X Fraternity, Identity Generation, etc.) and alternative habitats (homeless, squats, lorries, ...). He has also produced a short multimedia piece on the last two years of his grandfather's life with Alzheimer's disease, as well as a report in Rwanda on orphans surviving the genocide.

Paris, France

January 14, 2017

John, holding a torch, is an activist from Generation Identitaire, a French youth nationalist organization. Under a bridge, their leader calls out to them. They start singing: "Daesh! Daesh! We fuck you!" and "We are Paris!". The members of Generation Identitaire, mostly 18 to 25 years old, supposedly defend the European civilization from "immigration and islamization". They are for "remigration". Its influence inside the French party "Front National" has been on the rise.

As part of the Rise of Populism exhibition held at FOAM Museum, we installed the above image in Amsterdam.

 

Adriane Ohanesian

USA. In 2012, Adriane began covering the news in South Sudan for Reuters. She has continued to document the civil war in South Sudan, fighting in Somalia, clashes in Burundi, and most recently the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. She has documented the Sudanese refugees living in South Sudan, the fighting in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, and the border demarcation and fight over oil between Sudan and South Sudan. Adriane’s ongoing focus has been on the impact that conflict has on isolated civilian populations.

Central Darfur, Sudan

March 4, 2015

Members of the rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Army, led by Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW), defend a mountain from the Sudanese government forces.

The above image was installed in Copenhagen & Newcastle in 2016.



Natalie Keyssar

USA. Natalie is a freelance photojournalist and a founding member of Black Box creative cooperative. She was raised in North Carolina but calls New York home. She studied painting in college before pursuing photography, which allows her to combine her love of fine art with her fascination with history in the making. Her work primarily focuses on youth culture, activism, class and the effects of political tension on society. 

Goma, Democratic Republic Congo

June 17, 2015

A dance crew which rehearses often at Yolé Africa, a cultural and arts space for youth, runs through their routines in Yolé's outdoor rehearsal space. Amid a history of conflict and colonialism, the youth of Eastern DR Congo are using music, dance and traditional activism and education to try to build a better future for themselves. With President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to publicly rule out running for a third term, even though it is constitutionally forbidden, the government has taken to silencing dissent through threats, violence and arbitrary arrests in the lead up to the planned 2016 election. Musicians and activists are among those that have been caught in the crossfire of the crackdown.

Natalie's image (pictured) was installed in Copenhagen.

 

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