200 photographers concerned by the public order of the State

The large public order promised to help photographers is taking shape. The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, had announced it on May 5, during the Estates General of Photography, and unveiled a substantial amount of 5.5 million euros over two years. She clarified the outlines, Monday, August 30, when the Visa for Image photojournalism festival is launched in Perpignan.

This project, led by Marion Hislen, former delegate for photography within the general direction of artistic creation of the ministry, aims to help photojournalists and documentary photographers affected for several years by the difficulties of the press and hit hard. by the health crisis.

This order, on the theme “Radioscopy of France at the dawn of the 2020s, during and after the health crisis”, will extend over two years, at the rate of one order per year for 100 photographers, graduates since 2018 or can justify collaboration with a press publication in the last four years. A first call for applications will be launched in autumn 2021 and a second in the first quarter of 2022.

An envelope of 22,000 euros for each photographer

The National Library of France (BNF) will lead the project. Each selected photographer will benefit from a global envelope of 22,000 euros, which will allow 200 photographers to participate over two years. Following this order, the BNF, which will integrate the works into its collections, will organize a retrospective exhibition in its premises, publish a book and set up promotion operations throughout the territory.

This system is part of the “press” sector plan desired by the President of the Republic. “We will be alongside sectors that are in difficulty, but things are very different depending on the sector, so we will be tailor-made”, said the minister on Monday on France Info.

With this largely endowed project, the Ministry of Culture evokes in filigree the great public commissions of the past, starting with the Heliographic Mission which, in 1851, charged five photographers to immortalize the national heritage, and the Mission of the interministerial delegation to land use planning and regional attractiveness in 1984, which involved 28 photographers focused on changes in the French landscape. It is not yet clear how the applications will be selected.

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This order is in addition to the grants awarded by the National Center for Plastic Arts to documentary photographers, which awarded 53 laureates in 2021, for amounts ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 euros.