Hungarian Photographer Wins Jury’s Prize at Arles Photo Festival
07 • 07 • 19Edit Barta
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, the international photography festival of Arles concluded its opening week last night. The line-up included several Hungarian names, among them Máté Bartha, represented by Tobe Gallery, who had been shortlisted for the Prix Découverte Louis Roederer 2019 with his series Kontakt. Open to galleries, the call for applications had yielded more than 200 submissions, out of which the jury selected ten shortlisted projects to compete at the festival. Headed by Agnes B., the jury split the prize of 15 thousand euros between two winners: Máté Bartha and the French Laure Tiberghien. The prize had been established three years ago by Fondation Louis Roederer to support emerging talents. The audience award was handed out to the British Alys Tomlinson for her series The Faithful.
Documenting intimate scenes of discipline, challenge, violence, weakness, pain, love and friendship, Máté Bartha’s series allows insight into the daily life of the community of “Honvédsuli” (National Defense School), an NGO organising military-themed summer camps for kids. The series won the Capa Grand Prize in 2018.
(Translation: Dániel Sipos)