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2009-02-15

Carlo Gianferro Winner of the 2008 International Photography Prize

The winner of the 3rd edition of the RW Club International Photography Prize, which in 2008 was more international and diversified than ever before, has just been announced: Italian photographer Carlo Gianferro, 38, whose extraordinary creativity and profound, highly original works deeply impressed the RW Club jury.

The RW Club International Photography Prize
The RW Club, open to all connoisseurs of fine horology and culture, has proved a great success since its launch in 2006. Each year its International Photography Prize, whose international reputation continues growing, offers young photographers – both amateur and professional – a chance to express their creativity.

The Prize is the highlight of RAYMOND WEIL's arts patronage programme, and continues to attract young talents. In 2008 numerous international photographers were inspired by the theme of independence chosen by the Geneva watchmaker, in keeping with the family firm's philosophy that INDEPENDENCE is a State of Mind.

The RW Club International Photography Prize is already an established feature on the contemporary photography scene, enjoying the backing of numerous high-profile international partners – including the Aperture Foundation, Paris Photo, Artforum, Art India, The Jam Jar and www.photographie.com.

Italian Photographer Carlo Gianferro wins 3rd Edition
This year the International Photography Prize was won by Carlo Gianferro, a self-taught photographer based in Rome. The jury – comprising Pierre Keller (Photographer and Director of the Lausanne District Art School), Yves Aupetitallot (Director of National Centre for Contemporary Art, Grenoble) and Bruno Delavallade (Gallerist in Paris & Berlin), along with RAYMOND WEIL Marketing Director Elie Bernheim – was moved by the Gianferro's photographs of human communities in Eastern Europe.

Carlo Gianferro, born in 1970, is primarily interested in exiled workers and other fragile communities like gypsies. His photographs document their lives and show them in a subtly chosen environment where the architectural setting or backdrop is just as important as the human figures who live there.

This year the RW Club will again assist the Prize Winner in his photographic career. Apart from a scholarship of $15,000, Carlo Gianferro will be supported by the Geneva watchmaker in the following ways:
- an exhibition of his work on the RAYMOND WEIL stand at the World Watch & Jewellery Show – BASELWORLD 2009
- a solo exhibition in a leading art gallery in a capital of the international art world
- travelling exhibitions across the world as part of RAYMOND WEIL press and VIP events
- a page devoted to the photographer and his work on www.raymondweil.com

The 4th edition, to get underway next September among students at photography schools in Switzerland and abroad, will further consolidate the competition's excellent specialist reputation.

'Special Mentions'
As with the first two editions of the International Photography Prize, jury members were again keen to acknowledge the outstanding originality of other works in the competition by awarding four Special Mentions.

The first was attributed to Canadian resident Jasmine Bakalarz, 23, for her photographs of child dancers posing in their respective costumes.

The second mention went to Elise Guillod (born 1981), who lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland, for her photographs evoking difficult moments from the lives of couples, sometimes pushed to breaking-point in their relationship.

The final two special mentions went to architectural photographs by Canada's Adrian Fish, with his front-on, meticulously staged views of perfectly symmetrical concert halls; and photographs by Switzerland's Jonas Marquet, reconstituting the exotic nature of biotopes.

RW Club Members’ Special Award
The RW Club acts as an exchange platform between RAYMOND WEIL and its various target publics. Close attention is paid to members' comments, impressions and suggestions, so it is only natural that Club members should have the chance to take part in choosing a photographer.

This year RW Club members rewarded photographs by Canadian photographer Richard Hines, a graduate of NSCAD University and Professor of Photography at the University of Saskatchewan. His work has already been exhibited across his native land. At present he is focusing on the complexity of human relations, and his latest project involved him accompanying and taking photographs of people on vacation. Richard Hines' work can be admired on the RAYMOND WEIL booth at BASELWORLD 2009, and on the RW Club website (www.raymondweil.com).

Catherine Leutenegger: Winner of the 2007 International Photography Prize
Last year's Prize Winner was Catherine Leutenegger, whose images of different photographers' studios particularly impressed the jury with their originality and aesthetic power.

Thanks to the RW Club's active support, Catherine was given the chance to show her work to the international press for the first time at BASELWORLD 2008. The valuable contacts she established at that event, and at her solo exhibition in New York's prestigious Aperture Gallery, ensured that her work has been featured in Swiss and international publications.

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