Posted by: bpcweb | June 29, 2009

Faked Story Wins Photojournalism Award

A photo essay by two French art students won the 2009 Paris Match Grand Prix du Photoreportage Etudiant, a competition which asked photographers to document the “precarious lives of students today and the things they must do in order to survive and succeed.”

At the awards ceremony, the two students, Guillaume Chauvin and Remi Huberr, announced that all the images they’d entered into the competition were staged, and were submitted to make a statement about rampant cliches and “voyeurism” of the photojournalism world.

Ofer Wolberger and Chase Jarvis have commentary on their blogs, with links to French media reports. The Independent covered this story in English.

As art, it’s a valid (even good) idea; but to actually enter the images into a photojournalism contest? Is that terrible, or is it the only way to make the ultimate point they were trying to make?




  1. The same journal was fined for taking a picture of Segolene Royal (who ran against Sarkozy) with her new boyfriend.

    You get into trouble whether you shoot the reality or something fake.

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