Les photographes jurés du concours Magnum Photography Awards 2017 ont examiné mes photos soumises et ont fait leurs commentaires…
Stéphane, thank you for the opportunity to review your photography. It seems like you are quite accomplished in your work and I think it is wonderful that you are continuing to push yourself to improve. After reading your text, I can see that you are invested and interested in many important topics. The captions added to each photograph assisted me in understanding the photographs better. This was a thoughtful addition to the submission. Since this is a series, you may want to consider including a short artist’s statement that discusses your intentions for the work.
Cuba is filled with vivid colors and warm light. One of the biggest strengths that I see in your work is your use of color and dynamic light. Using color to move your viewer’s eye around the frame is a smart way to design and organize a frame. Two images that do this best are #3 and #8. In image #8, you used the blue tones of the car to keep your audience focused on the scale of the shot. This combination of color and subject adds a layer of tension that makes this photograph more mysterious and interesting. In image #3, you employ an intelligent use of repetition, color and gesture to create a photograph that asks me to look longer and deeper. By using the color on the sides and repetition you are inviting your viewer to spend more time trying to discover the dynamic that is acting out in the frame. These two images along with #5 and #6 stand out due to your unique approach to the subjects. One image that felt less connected to the series was image #4. I think too much context from the environment is removed and this image although thoughtful stands out from the rest of the work.
The quality of your work is very good. You have some very sophisticated framing devices in your work along with a thoughtful use of light.
*A note on Cuba and the challenges that photographers face there. Many photographers are drawn to the beauty, light and colors of Cuba. I think the difficulty lies in distinguishing your work from other photographers shooting in Cuba. Two photographers that come to mind that are doing unique work in this country are Andrew L. Moore and Susan S. Bank. I would encourage you to reflect on what allows these two photographers to differentiate themselves from the many types of images that we see coming out of Cuba.
You have a lot of strengths in your work, specifically, attention to light, color and expression which combine to make some beautiful and layered images. Thank you for sharing your photography and best of luck with your work. I will include additional resources for you to review.
Et vous vous en pensez quoi ? Moi je suis plutôt satisfait et assez d’accord avec les remarques (je m’attendais juste à plus de succès de la photo #2 des gamins jouant aux dominos sur un trottoir).