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Below you will find the material available about Prix Maison Ruinart 2022, won by the photographer Matthieu Gafsou : press kit and HD visuals.

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PRIX MAISON RUINART

For its 4th edition, the Prix Maison Ruinart was awarded to photographer Matthieu Gafsou. Given by Maison Ruinart, with the support of the Picto Foundation, it recognises the talent of up-and-coming
photographers chosen from the “Curiosa” section of Paris Photo.

Following an artistic residence in the Champagne region this summer, Matthieu Gafsou created a series entitled Cette constante brûlure de l’air (This Constant Burning of the Air), which will be presented for the first time at the 2022 edition of Paris Photo, from 10th-13th November, at the Grand Palais Éphémère.

MATTHIEU GAFSOU PORTRAIT

PHOTOGRAPHER MATTHIEU GAFSOU

Matthieu Gafsou, photographer and teacher from Switzerland, inspired by nature and the people working at Maison Ruinart, Matthieu Gafsou created a series of mysterious, contrasting images. 

“What I really like about applying petrol is that, in some ways, it’s like traditional photographic print toning that uses chemicals to stain the image – in the past, gold, copper or selenium were chosen. For me, the visual effect produced by these unlikely images reflects the consequences of petrol on our environment: a pollutant that is everywhere, not just in one place.

Visually, we can see that there is something “dirty”, but at the same time this dirt also creates an effect that is spectacular and beautiful, almost sublime. The concern or fear that these seemly trivial scenes can exude brings out the destructive power that people looked for in the mountains and oceans in the 19th century,” he explains.

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PRIX MAISON RUINART

Organised by Maison Ruinart with the Picto Foundation, this award aims to shine light on the work of young photographers. Ruinart invites them to take part in an artistic residence in the Champagne region and unveil the photos they capture during this time at Paris Photo.

The first Prix Ruinart was given in 2018 to Austrian photographer Simon Lehner, who created poetic depictions of the different steps in the champagnemaking process. Using archive images, superpositions and black and white photos, he brought together man and nature, past and present.

The second edition was awarded to Elsa Leydier, a French photographer born in 1988 who now lives in Rio de Janeiro. Choosing to experiment, she moved away from common photographic approaches. By mixing conventional images with light-capturing methods like rayographs, she raised questions about climate change and its impact on the intrinsic connection between people and nature.