Supporting the HCB Award

2013
2019
Mathieu Pernot
"Mantes-la-Jolie, July 1, 2001" © Mathieu Pernot (HCB Award winner 2019), Courtesy Galery Éric Dupont
Guy Tillim winner of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award
Guy Tillim (HCB Award winner 2017) © Guy Tillim
Guy Tillim
Guy Tillim (HCB Award winner 2017) © Guy Tillim
Guy Tillim, winner of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Prize
Guy Tillim (HCB Award winner 2017) © Guy Tillim
Claude Iverné, winner of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award
Claude Iverné (HCB Award winner 2015), Folkloric Group, apprenticeship graduation ceremony, training center of Saint Vincent, Juba, 2015 © Claude Iverné
Claude Iverné winner of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award
Claude Iverné (HCB Award winner 2015), construction site, Hai Jalaba neighborhood, Juba, 2015 © Claude Iverné
Patrick Faigenbaum winner of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Prize
Patrick Faigenbaum (HCB Award winner 2013), The New Market seen from a room on the 2nd floor of the Oberoi Grand Hotel, during the monsoon, North Kolkata, July 2014 © Patrick Faigenbaum
Patrick Faigenbaum winner of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Prize
Patrick Faigenbaum (HCB Award winner 2013), Watermelons, in the Rajabazar neighborhood, North Kolkata, July 2014 © Patrick Faigenbaum
Since 2013, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has been the exclusive patron of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award. Every two years, the HCB Award is awarded by an international jury to a seasoned photographer whose work shows a documentary approach. It enables the selected photographer to carry out a project that could not be undertaken without the support of the prize. Each laureate has eighteen months to bring their project to fruition ahead of a solo exhibition and a dedicated publication.

From its very beginnings, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has made photography a priority amongst the various artistic fields that it supports; the partnership begun in 2013 with the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award is a keystone of this commitment. The biennial HCB Award is awarded by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, an institution created by the famous photographer and his wife, Martine Franck, who was herself a photographer. The grant that accompanies the prize allows its laureates to undertake ambitious projects that are subsequently showcased in solo exhibitions at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris and in dedicated publications. As part of the partnership between the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and the Aperture Foundation, the 2013 and 2015 HCB Award laureates, Patrick Faigenbaum and Claude Iverné, also exhibited their work at the Aperture Gallery in New York.

Thanks to the HCB Award, which he was awarded in 2013, Patrick Faigenbaum (b. 1954, France) developed a project dedicated to an Indian artist, Shreyasi Chatterjee, photographing her in her family and professional environments. Over the course of six trips to India and a number of key encounters, the photographer progressively enlarged his project to encompass the wider community. His work offers a voyage through the metropolis of Kolkata that includes public figures alongside intimate rites and private scenes. In 2015, his solo exhibition “Kolkata/Calcutta” at the Fondation HCB featured thirty large-format works. It was accompanied by a book and later exhibited in a new format at the Aperture Gallery.

In 2015, photographer Claude Iverné (b. 1963, France) was awarded the Prix HCB for his project Sudanese Photographs, Gazelle River”. Thanks to the Prize, he was able to carry out a major work around the birth of the Earth’s 193rd nation, South Sudan. Having previously depicted the north of Sudan in black and white, Iverné opted for colour to magnify the portraits, school uniforms, walls and everyday objects of the new country to the south. In 2017, this work was featured in the exhibition “Bilad es Sudan” at the Fondation HCB in Paris and at the Aperture Gallery in New York. In France and the United States, the photographer narrated his relationship with this complex region through over a hundred prints, documents and objects, from early images of the desert to more recent portraits of exiled Sudanese citizens in France.

In 2017, the HCB Award was awarded to Guy Tillim (b. 1962, South Africa) for his project “Museum of the Revolution”. For several years, Tillim has photographed the streets and the avenues of African cities, including Johannesburg, Maputo, Luanda, Harare, Libreville, Addis Ababa and Nairobi. Thanks to the prize, he was able to continue his travels in the streets of Dakar, Accra, Kampala and Lagos, documenting urban landscapes that were often laid out in grand style by the colonial power before being renamed and transformed after independence. In 2019, his works feature in a solo exhibition in the new Paris exhibition space of the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.

In 2019, the HCB Award is awarded to Mathieu Pernot.

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Photography
Visual arts
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Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
France
Since 2013, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has been the exclusive patron of the Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson.
The biennial HCB Award is awarded to a seasoned photographer whose work shows a documentary approach.
The projects of selected laureates feature in solo exhibitions and dedicated publications.

Informations

HCB Award winners
  • Mathieu Pernot, winner 2019
  • Guy Tillim, prize winner 2017, "Museum of the Revolution"
  • Claude Iverné, prize winner 2015, "Bilad Es Sudan"
  • Patrick Faigenbaum, prize winner 2013, "Kalkota/Calcutta"
HCB Award Exhibitions at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris
  • Patrick Faigenbaum “Kolkata/Calcutta”, du 13/05/2015 au 26/07/2015
  • Claude Iverné, “Bilad es Sudan”, du 11/05/2017 au 30/07/2017
  • Guy Tillim, “Museum of the Revolution”, du 26/02/2019 au 02/06/2019
HCB Award Exhibitions at the Aperture Gallery, New York
  • Patrick Faigenbaum “Kolkata/Calcutta”, du 16/09/2015 au 07/11/2015
  • Claude Iverné, “Bilad es Sudan”, du 15/09/2017 au 09/11/2017

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