2023 Paris Photo–Aperture
Image: Vince Aletti, from The Drawer, 2022, SPBH Editions, London, United Kingdom
The Drawer by Vince Aletti
PhotoBook of the Year
Now in its eleventh year, the Paris Photo–Aperture PhotoBook Awards are an annual celebration of the photobook’s contributions to the evolving narrative of photography. The 2023 PhotoBook of the Year is The Drawer by Vince Aletti. The Drawer illustrates the vivid accumulation of photographic ephemera gathered over the years by esteemed photography critic and curator Vince Aletti. "This phenomenal publication offers special insight into one person’s unique commitment to collecting, curating and archiving imagery in public circulation over several decades. Deeply engaging, it represents a bold testament to complex notions of desire and visual pleasure," states juror Renée Mussai.
Prix Photographie & Sciences 2023
Image: © Anaïs Tondeur
Prix Photographie & Sciences
The Prix Photographie & Sciences 2023 was awarded to Anaïs Tondeur for her Fleurs de feux, le témoignage des cendres series. Her series raises questions relating to ecology, archaeo-botany and philosophy. "The first step in this project took shape with the philosopher Michael Marder and the irradiated flora of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Entitled Chernobyl Herbarium, this herbarium is thickened each year with a new textual and rayographic fragment, created by the direct imprint of radioactive plant specimens on photosensitive sheets. For the second part of this series, we'll be exploring the ruderal plants that thrive in the ashes of Europe's largest open-air landfill site, Terre des Feux, in the Naples region.", explains the artist.
Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2023
Image: Jonas Staal, Empire’s Island, 2023. Video, geluid, kleur, 20 min., 34 sec., maquette en publicatie. Bruikleen kunstenaar en Het Scheepvaartmuseum.
Prix de Rome Visual Arts
Jonas Staal won the Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2023 for his video study Empire's Island, which continues his artistic exploration of (neo)colonial propaganda through the centuries. Empire's Island focuses on Ascension, a volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean. Staal uses video, a sculptural model and a diary from 1728 to explain how the island was formed by colonial, industrial and exploitative power structures; from an open-air prison for an exiled Dutch East India Company crew member to the geoengineering of the ecosystem and the construction of satellite dishes for planetary surveillance.
2023 CFDA Fashion Awards
Image: Khaite Spring 2024 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show
American Womenswear Designer of the Year
The Council of Fashion Designers of America honoured Khaite’s Catherine Holstein as American Womenswear Designer of the Year for the second year in a row at its annual awards. Holstein was up against Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Christopher John Rogers, Raul Lopez for Luar and Tory Burch. The founder, designer and creative director of Khaite began her ready-to-wear company, which is known for its signature sensual, feminine and urban style, in 2016.
Image: Willy Chavarria Spring 2024 Menswear Fashion Show
American Menswear Designer of the Year
Willy Chavarria was named American Menswear Designer of the Year, he was up against Mike Amiri for Amiri, Colm Dillane for KidSuper, Teddy von Ranson for Teddy Vonranson and Thom Browne for Thom Browne New York. This past weekend in the Dominican Republic, Chavarria also took the designer of the year award at the inaugural Latin American Fashion Awards. Chavarria, who launched his own label in 2015, is known for elevated tailoring that’s infused with his signature flair, color and youthful energy.
Image: The Row Spring 2024 Ready-to-Wear Collection
Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen
American Accessory Designer of the Year
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row were awarded the American Accessory Designer of the Year honor for the fourth time. They were up against Ana Khouri, Brandon Blackwood, Stuart Vevers for Coach and Raul Lopez for Luar. The Row is known for its luxe minimalism.
Prix SAM Villa Arson 2023
Image: Cabinet de curiosité collectif en argile, bibliothèque, table, chaises, plâtre d’argile, collection collective d’objets et tapisserie en feutre, Maison des Arts Georges et Claude Pompidou, Cajarc, 2021.
Sarah Illouz and Marius Escande
Prix SAM Villa Arson
The Prix SAM Villa Arson 2023 was awarded to the artist duo Sarah Illouz and Marius Escande. They have been working as a duo since 2021. With a certain economy of means, they are building a genealogy of objects that are related in content and form. Their works are spatio-temporal and emotional markers that connect people and/or places: the techniques and forms they use vary according to the context and the period they reflect. The materials are worked in their entirety. The offcuts from the previous work are the raw materials for the next. A detail can become the setting for a new installation. The duo see their research and practice as part of what they call a more-than-human blockchain of technologies and production/creation: people, sheep and myths make up a creative ecosystem that produces their work.
2023 Earthshot Prize
Image: S4S Technologies
WildAid Marine Program
Acción Andina, GRST, WildAid Marine Program, S4S Technologies and Boomitra are the 2023 winners of the Earthshot Prize. Acción Andina is a grassroots, community-based initiative working across South America to protect native high Andean forest ecosystems. With the development of a new way to build and recycle vital lithium-ion batteries, GRST’s solution offers a pathway to make the electric cars of the future even cleaner. Global non-profit organization WildAid scales marine enforcement to end illegal fishing and strengthen ocean conservation. S4S Technologies' solar-powered dryers and processing equipment help to combat food waste by enabling small-scale farmers to preserve their crops. Boomitra reduces emissions and increases farmers' profits by encouraging land restoration through a market in verified carbon credits.
Les Nuits Photo 2023
Image: © Lionel Molina, still from Unframed
Grand Prix LNP
Les Nuits Photo, the festival dedicated to photographic film, brought its third edition to a close on Sunday 5 November in Paris. The Grand Prix Les Nuits Photo 2023 was awarded to Lionel Molina for his film Unframed, a dynamic creation built on a frenetic rhythm. Raw, visceral and resolutely queer, the project summons up a contagious desire for freedom, marching to the beat of the strobes lights.