Viviane Esders created the Prix Viviane Esders after more than forty years in the art market as a gallery owner, photography expert and collector.
Consisting of 60,000 euros, this unique prize will be awarded each year to a professional European photographer over the age of sixty: to reward the work of an independent photographer who is still active, whose career, the extent and the quality, deserves more recognition or bringing to the fore in the history of photography.
A jury consisting of five personalities linked to the art world will select the winner with Viviane Esders among five nominated photographers. The exceptional grant is intended to celebrate the continuity of a career and encourage sharing. Part of this grant, 10,000 euros, must be used by the winner to contribute to producing a book.
The Prix Viviane Esders aims to highlight the vision and itinerary of a life, that of photographers, authors whose medium has tirelessly animated Viviane Esders’ career since the 1980s. This prize reflects the coming together of two complementary and inseparable life paths, that of its founder, dedicated to understanding, loving and exhibiting photographers, and that of a photographer, dedicated to creation in the hope of creating a work of art.
The Prix Viviane Esders falls within the framework of programmes developed by the endowment fund created by Viviane Esders. As a continuation of a passionate, independent and committed life path, the purpose of this endowment fund is to continue the contribution of its founder to photography, to bring to life a collection of nearly 600 pieces, most of which are the result of singular encounters, and to extend the initiatives of transmission and sharing around a love of photography that Viviane Esders promotes.
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