The Festival de Hyères—an annual event in the South of France for emerging photographers and designers to showcase their work—took place last week. The festival has been held in the 1920s-built Cubist-designed Villa Noailles since 1998 and has shown a diverse range of exhibitions, panel discussions and two competitions; one in photography and one in fashion.
In the photography section this year, ten photographers from Haiti to Poland exhibited their visual response to the verb “to see.” Presented in a group show curated by Raphaëlle Stopin, all ten portfolios capture a sense of singularity and innovation, like the Public Award winning photographer Anaïs Boileau’s 2014 series, Untitled, Plein Soleil which depicts tanning grannies and architectural shadows. The Grand Prix award winner, Vendula Knopovà showed stark interiors in her series, Untitled, Tutorial (2015) and Sádelník (2013).
The Grand Prix for fashion was awarded to Japanese menswear designer, Wataru Tominaga – praised by the jury for his “audacious” graphic strength and the “strong visual impact” of his collection.
The artworks by the selected photographers will be presented at Villa Noailles until 22 May.