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2008-03-10

Catherine Leutenegger wins 2007 International Photography Prize

25-year-old Swiss photographer Catherine Leutenegger has been chosen by the RW Club jury, composed of three personalities from the world of art and photography, as the Winner of the 2007 International Photography Prize. It is a wonderful opportunity for this talented young photographer to promote her work and express herself creatively on the international art scene.


The RW Club

The RW Club is an exchange-platform between RAYMOND WEIL and its various target publics, aiming to enhance the special relationship between the independent Brand with a human face and its past, current or future clientele. Advantages for members include a range of services offered exclusively to members of the RW Club.
In line with the Brand's motto, INDEPENDENCE is a state of mind, the RW Club also aims to discover new talent(s) and support the arts. Competitions staged by the RW Club help RAYMOND WEIL offer support to young talents to express their creativity and raise their profile. In this way RAYMOND WEIL continues to strengthen its historical ties with the world of Art and Culture.

The RW Club International Photography Prize

The International Photography Prize is staged each year by the RW Club as part of the RAYMOND WEIL arts programme to promote young artists. The results of the 2007 competition confirm and reinforce those of the inaugural edition. The number of schools and individual photographers taking part, and the range of nationalities represented, show how important the competition has already become.

All the contemporary aesthetic trends that can be observed in photography worldwide were reflected even more forcefully in this second edition.

The members of the jury — Pierre Keller (Photographer & Director of the Lausanne District Art School), Yves Aupetitallot (Director of National Centre for Contemporary Art, Grenoble) and Bruno Delevallade (Gallerist in Paris & Berlin), awarded the International Photography Prize to Catherine Leutenegger, born in Lausanne in 1983.

Catherine Leutenegger photographs the studios of individual photographers like Christian Coigny and Thierry Froidevaux, who each have their own very different style and approach. Every photograph is produced in a manner that reflects the places where the photographers described live and work. The jury awarded Catherine Leutenegger the Prize for the originality, power and aesthetic appeal of her images.

The award comes with a $15,000 scholarship and active support from the RW Club in developing her artistic career:
-exhibition of her works on the RAYMOND WEIL stand at Baselworld (the International Watch & Jewellery Fair)
-interviews with the international press
-travelling exhibitions around the world, as part of RAYMOND WEIL Press & VIP events
-solo exhibition at a recognized art gallery in an international artistic capital
-her own dedicated page on the RW Club website (www.raymondweil.com/club)

The 3rd edition of the RW Club International Photography Prize gets underway next September among students in Swiss and foreign schools of photography.

Commended by the Jury

The jury also made three special commendations. The first was to Maria José Alos, born in Mexico City in 1980, who presented a series of photographs telling the story of two chairs and the relationship formed between two personalized objects.

Adrien Missika, who has studied partly in Switzerland, was also commended for his series of photographs of exotic or fantastic landscapes – in fact, models that have been reassembled.

The third commendation went to Viktor Tucek, who trained in Prague and London, and presented a series of outdoor photographs featuring small hunting cabins — fragile wooden huts for keeping a look-out for wild game, with a view to shooting them (either with a gun or a camera) without being seen.

Aurélien Couput: Winner of the 2006 International Photography Prize
2006 Prize-winner Aurélien Couput, who graduated from the Beaux-Arts school in Paris, has seen a host of projects and opportunities open up to him thanks to the award, and the active support of the RW Club. The award enabled him to promote his works internationally among the media and potential clients. After the exhibition at Baselworld in 2007, his works were the subject of a travelling show that took place in Singapore, Toronto and Copenhagen before a retrospective of his work was held at the renowned Walter Storms Gallery in Munich last November, when the press and a bevy of VIPs, including the Princess of Hohenzollern, Maja Synke, admired his work at a cocktail reception.

Aurélien also finalized the sale of several works, and is now working on two exciting exhibition projects — one with an institution in Prague, the other with a Swiss collector and gallery-owner. The RW Club continues to support him in everything he does.

 


RW Club Members’ Special Award

The RW Club only exists through the active participation of its members. The club was conceived on an inter-active basis as a veritable exchange space where members can post their suggestions, comments and impressions in a Guest Book, as well as playing an active role in selecting artists.

The 2nd edition of the RW Club International Photography Prize saw club members award their Prix du Public to young French photographer Nicolas Dhervillers, who was born in Massy in 1981, earned a Master of Arts in Photography in 2006 after initially studying drama. On turning to photography he immediately displayed a passion for games and fiction, in reference to the theatre and cinema. His approach, base on appropriation, helps him transform and manipulate individuals or moments in time.

His prize-winning work will be exhibited in Basel this year and in the office of Olivier Bernheim, President & CEO of RAYMOND WEIL. A page on the RW Club website ( www.raymondweil.com/club ) will also be devoted to photographs by Nicolas Dhervillers.

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