The 11th Prix Carmignac, which is dedicated to the Democratic Republic of Congo – was awarded to Canadian and British photographer Finbarr O’Reilly. His reporting began in January 2020. Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Finbarr O’Reilly and the Award team reframed the project and transformed it into a collaborative report by eleven Congolese photographers and journalists. The latter have been documenting the human, social and ecological challenges across this vast country over the past months.
« Congo In Conversation » is now available as a bilingual monograph in French and English for “Congo in Conversation” co-edited by Reliefs Editions and Fondation Carmignac and available on Reliefs’ e-shop. The photographs are accompanied by the transcript of a conversation with Mark Sealy, curator and Director of Autograph ABP in London, Finbarr O’Reilly, Laureate of the 11th Award, and Emeric Glayse, Director of Prix Carmignac.
An outdoor exhibition, on the gates of the Saint-Jacques tower, takes place until January 27, 2021.
"Congo in Conversation" contributors
- Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro
- Arlette Bashizi
- Baron Nkoy
- Bernadette Vivuya
- Guerchom Ndebo
- Guylain Balume
- Justin Makangara
- Ley Uwera
- Moses Sawasawa
- Pamela Tulizo
- Raissa Karama Rwizibuka
- Steve Wembi
Finbarr O’Reilly lived for 12 years in West and Central Africa and has spent two decades covering conflicts in Congo, Chad, Sudan, Afghanistan, Libya, and Gaza. He is the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize exhibition photographer and a frequent contributor to The New York Times.
His photography and multimedia work has earned numerous industry honors, including First Place in the Portraits category at the 2019 World Press Photo Awards. He was also winner of the World Press Photo of the Year in 2006.