A close bond with photography, stemming from the legacy of Henri Cartier-Bresson. A shared desire to support artists in their research. To allow them time. United by artistic excellence, where expertise meets creation.
Originally created in 1983, the Henri Cartier-Bresson Prize was re-inaugurated in 2003 for the opening of the eponymous foundation in Paris. It is awarded every two years by an international jury, in recognition of an artist whose work is influenced by the documentary approach. Prize winners are given eighteen months to undertake their projects, which are then exhibited at the HCB Foundation. A book is also published to showcase the project.
Patrick Faigenbaum was the first photographer to be awarded the HCB Prize following the announcement of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as its principal sponsor in 2013. An immersive project, taking the house-workshop and neighbourhood of artist Shreyasi Chatterjee as its starting point. Six visits later, and Kolkata/Calcutta was ready. “An internalised image of the city, a subjective vision through the eyes of different characters.” The project was exhibited at the HCB Foundation in 2013 and then, thanks to the partnership with the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, at the Aperture Gallery in New York in 2015.
Claude Iverné won the HCB Prize in 2015. In 1999, the photographer left to explore the so-called Forty Days Road that once connected Egypt with the sultanate of Darfur. He set off in search of words, and returned with images. Opposing influences. Wanderings. Black and white. Having been selected by the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Claude Iverné chose to resume his adventure. To trace the historical contours of South Sudan. To lose his bearings. To travel the byways. To capture the colours. To recreate the buzz. In 2015, over 100 images were exhibited at the HCB Foundation. In 2017, they were put on public display for audiences in New York. An accompanying book offered a different perspective on the exhibition, published by Éditions Xavier Barral (following in the footsteps of Lars Müller Publishers, who had released a book for the previous edition).
On June 20, 2017 further to the deliberations held at the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, the jury of the HCB 2017 Prize designated the South African photographer Guy Tillim for its project “Museum of the Revolution”.