The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is dedicated to the skills of creation. Photography features high on its list of priorities, with a focus on providing direct support to creators. A desire to be present at the birth of the creative gesture. To create possibility.
Created in 1952, the Aperture Foundation is a point of reference for American photography. United in their values, this is an entirely natural partnership between two likeminded foundations. A commitment to art since 2014.
From 2014 to 2018, the Aperture Foundation teamed up with the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès to present Immersion, A French American Photography Commission. The programme is aimed at photographers from France and the USA, and comprises an exchange of artists’ residencies between the two countries, each one under the guidance of a mentor. The work created by the winner is exhibited each year at the Aperture Gallery in New York, while a book is also published for the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. French photographer Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques was the first prize winner, mentored by Agnès Sire. American Alessandra Sanguinetti, mentored by Susan Bright, was the second artist to benefit from the programme. The winner of the third edition, Taysir Batniji, has been invited to embark on a unique project in the USA under the guidance of Sam Stourdzé, the director of Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles.
The alliance between the two foundations extends to two additional exhibitions, held every year at the Aperture Gallery in New York. The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès alternately presents an exhibition by the winner of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Prize and an exhibition curated by Cory Jacobs, a long-time partner of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès. This series of exhibitions has already showcased the work of Patrick Faigenbaum and Claude Iverné, both winners of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Prize, and of Doug Dubois, as chosen by Cory Jacobs.