Heloïse Conesa, Didier de Faÿs.
Since 1998, the juries de la Bourse du Talent (Emerging Talent Award) have revealed several generations of photographers, whose broad plurality of approaches invites us to see contemporary society from a different point of view.
From year to year, new visual paths that question the evolution and perception of the photographic medium, in both technical and artistic terms, continue to crop up.
Fragilities is the theme of the 2017 edition: children placed in a home in the middle of the mountains, women in the troubling world of the Yakuza, refugees in the 'Jungle' of Calais, candid teens, perniciously seductive post-Fukushima catastrophe landscapes … photographic styles come together here to expose the uncertainty of our world and of human beings’ vulnerability.
The purpose of the Bourse du Talent is to assist and promote emerging photographers. Since 2008, the prize-winning photographs have entered the National Library of France (BnF)’s photography collection, which devotes an exhibit to them every year.
Didier de Faÿs, one of the founders of the Bourse du Talent, and by Héloïse Conésa, cultural-heritage curator in charge of contemporary photograph within the Engraving and Photography department of the BnF, selected the photographs and wrote the accompanying texts.