Le Festival Visa pour l’Image témoigne de l’impact réel des photos

Terre de contenus s’est rendu cette année à Perpignan pour visiter ce célèbre festival de photojournalisme. Ces expositions prouvent que les photos, agrémentées de commentaires, n’ont pas perdu de leur force, à l’heure où la vidéo est censée avoir tout balayé.

L’écologie était à l’honneur durant cette édition.

Plusieurs photographes ont témoigné de ceux qu’ils ont vu. Leur travail de journalistes suppose souvent de passer du temps sur place et génère des frais importants. Ceci explique également le rôle des Prix et l’importance des mécènes.
Voici trois reportages portant sur l’environnement, dont deux en Afrique :
• La série de Frédéric Noy s’appelle « La lente agonie du lac Victoria ». ce grand lac africain est devenu un dépotoir. Il se meurt dans l’indifférence générale des jacinthes d’eau, de la surpêche ou de la pollution.

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#Repost @visapourlimage #visapourlimag2019: Photojournalist @fredericnoy will have his photo essay exposing the environmental problems plaguing the lake, titled "Lake Victoria, Slowly Dying," exhibited! Lake Victoria, the world’s second-largest freshwater lake (in surface area) and the largest source of freshwater fish is of critical ecological importance, and is a driving force for the economy, with some 30 million people living around it, in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, relying on the lake, either directly or indirectly, for their livelihood and survival. In 2018, the governor of Kisumu County in Kenya, Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o, stated that if radical action were not taken, within fifty years, Lake Victoria would be nothing more than an expanse of dead water, killed by pollution dumped there by humans. Pictured is an image from the reportage. The caption: Katabi, Ouganda.A man rinsing plastic bags in a rubbish dump in marshland, where the blue dye from the plastic runs into the lake. The wetlands form a natural filter for surface water, but poor people in search of work settle there, causing pollution and damage to the environment. Katabi, Uganda. Photo © @fredericnoy

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• Kirsten Luce, qui travaille régulièrement pour le New York Times, a porté son objectif sur la face cachée du tourisme de la faune.

Elle a saisi des images d’ours, d’éléphants et de mammifères marins exploités pour divertir les voyageurs. Ce reportage veut sensibiliser le public à ces maltraitances, dont on peut se rendre complice, uniquement pour faire une photo souvenir.

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Meet Stepan, a famous Russian brown bear who can be hired for movies, commercials and, increasingly, for fantastical portrait shoots such as these. We included Stepan in our wildlife tourism story for @natgeo to show how this trend of being photographed with wild animals is being amplified on social media. There are tourists who come from all over Russia, Europe and even China to book these shoots with Stepan. Several photographers rent him and his handlers by the hour. We even attended a workshop where ten photographers paid to photograph him with models. After our story published, writer @natashaldaly and I have received a lot of angry responses from Stepan’s fans in Russia. You see, if you google ‘Stepan the Russian bear’ you will find many stories which show Stepan living in a Russian cottage with his owners Svetlana and Yuriy, something straight out of a fairy tale. The backstory that is perpetuated is that his mother was shot by hunters leaving him orphaned and alone. Then these owners rescued him and raised him like they would their own child. Sounds nice, right? In reality, Stepan was born in captivity in the St. Petersburg zoo. This is included in the first paragraph of Stepan’s official website (medvedstepan.ru), created by his owners. They were circus trainers for decades, performing with bears all over Latin America. They also had Stepan’s sperm professionally inseminated in a captive female to create a new baby bear, who is two years old. As Stepan is now elderly, they need a new young bear to be his replacement for these shoots. So while I don’t doubt that his handlers love him, and we did not witness any abusive treatment of him, it's important to note that his situation is still exploitative: He has been trained to perform for a living. Many handlers and owners we met over the course of reporting this story would present their own version of reality, which is often what the public prefers to believe in order to justify keeping these wild animals captive for the entertainment of humans. See below for some interesting comments, no doubt.

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• Né à Durban en 1969, Brent Stirton pour sa part a suivi des rangers, qui luttent contre le braconnage. Il plonge en particulier les visiteurs au cœur des missions des Akashinga, la première unité de rangers exclusivement féminine.

L’un des mérites de tous ces thèmes est de pouvoir mettre en avant des drames, qui ne passent pas souvent en prime time.

Les messages sont forts et ne laissent pas les visiteurs indifférents. Parmi les autres reportages, les migrations, le droit à l’avortement, les Gilets Jaunes et la guerre.

A noter également le travail de Louie Palu, qui montre la militarisation progressive de l’Arctique nord-américain, un reliquat de la guerre froide. La présence militaire s’y renforce aujourd’hui, au moment où l’Arctique fait face au réchauffement climatique et à l’augmentation du trafic maritime.

Enfin, et ce qui fait le charme de ce festival, c’est que les expositions sont dispersées dans la ville. Cela permet de parcourir ces ruelles. Et, certaines photos sont présentées dans des lieux prestigieux comme le Couvent des Minimes ou l’hôtel Pams.

L’édition 2019 se termine dimanche 15 septembre.