Dedicated to the Arctic, chaired by Jean Jouzel, and under the patronage of the French Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic Poles, Minister Ségolène Royal, the 9th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award went to Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen (NOOR). Their awarded project Arctic: New Frontier will be exhibited in the Paris based Cité des sciences et de l’industrie.
The Carmignac Photojournalism Award funds annually the production of an investigative photo-reportage on human rights violations, geostrategic and environmental issues in the world. Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen’s project is a pioneering double expedition which explores the effects of climate change on the entire Arctic territory. They want to experience the dramatic transformation of natural landscapes and the demographics in the Arctic, and the impact of these changes on the lives of the region’s inhabitants.
“The photos of Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen are superb,” – says Jean Jouzel, climatologist, winner of the 2012 Vetlesen Award and co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Award as Director of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC. – “Through them, from Siberia, Svalbard and Greenland to Canada and Alaska, we discover the Arctic of today, with its landscapes and wildlife that are drawing a growing number of tourists, as well as its populations who are exposed to extreme climates and who mine resources such as nickel and, increasingly, gas, oil and coal. Protecting the environment does not appear central to their activity, to put it mildly.”
For the very first time, two photojournalists have simultaneously covered the irreversible changes that have taken place in the Arctic, to bear witness to the effects of the melting of the ice-caps.
Yuri Kozyrev (doc! #7 & #37) travelled the route of the Russian maritime ports of the Arctic, accompanying the last remaining Nomadic people of the region, the Nenets, during their seasonal movement known as transhumance. This was interrupted for the first time in the Nenets’ history in 2018, because of the melting of the permafrost. Kozyrev skirted the coast of the Barents Sea in the north of the country, and travelled aboard the Monchegorsk, the first container ship to use the Northern Sea route unassisted. He encountered people who had been made ill by nickel mining in Norilsk, and then travelled to Murmansk, where the first floating nuclear power plant is under secret construction.
Kadir van Lohuizen (doc! #7 & #36) started his journey on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago. He then followed the Northwest Passage, which is now the shortest route between Europe and Asia thanks to the melting ice. In Greenland, he met scientists who have recently discovered the existence of frozen rivers beneath the ice-cap, which are directly contributing to the planet’s rising water levels. South of Cornwallis Island, off the coast of Canada, he lived in the small community of Resolute, which has recently been home to a training facility for the Canadian Army, as climate change has led to ever-increasing routes through the Arctic region. Finally, he travelled to Kivalina, an indigenous village on the northern tip of Alaska, which, according to current forecasts, will disappear underwater by 2025.
The forces of tourism, militarisation, exploitation of gas and mineral resources, and the opening of trade routes mean that the Arctic is today the site of clashes between countries and multinationals who are locked in a chaotic competition for control of these zones, which have taken on strategic importance in the history of humankind due to the effects of global warming. The photographs in Arctic: New Frontier by Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen are an alarming testimony to the speed of transformation in the region and the upheavals that are taking place on a global scale.
The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual French-English catalogue co-published by Reliefs and Fondation Carmignac, which will be available from November 7, 2018.
Yuri Kozyrev (b. 1963) | based in Moscow (Russia) | has covered every major conflict in the former Soviet Union | lived in Baghdad (Iraq) between 2003 and 2009, as a contract photographer for TIME magazine | has received numerous honours, including several World Press Photo awards and the prestigious Visa d’Or News Award in 2011 for his work on the Arab Spring | named the 2011 Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International competition.
Kadir van Lohuizen (b. 1963) | based in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) | a founding-member of NOOR, a collective focusing on contemporary global issues | started to work as a professional freelance photojournalist in 1988 covering the Intifada | has covered social, human rights and environmental issues as well as conflicts in Africa and elsewhere | best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world (Rivers), the rising of sea levels (Where Will We Go), the diamond industry (Diamond Matters) and migration in the Americas (Vía PanAm), all ended as photo books | has received numerous prizes and awards in photojournalism | a frequent lecturer and photography teacher.
More info about the award @ www.fondationcarmignac.com
Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen – ARCTIC: NEW FRONTIER
@ Cité des sciences et de l’industrie (30 avenue Corentin Cariou, Paris, France)
The exhibition will be open to the public between November 7 and December 9, 2018