We met him during Visa pour l'Image 2008.
I met Christian Poveda on several occasions, he was a photographer, producer and adventurer. Or perhaps a mix of all these? Christine Spengler one of the best known French photographers had organised a dinner in Madrid nearly 2 years ago, which proved the occasion for me to discover this photographer who had elected to live in South America in El Salvador to be precise a small country of 7 million inhabitants between Guatemala and Honduras.
The adventurer then explained to me his photographic work on the Mara gang, a work that was as dangerous as it was passionate for Christian Poveda.
He seemed to be able to bring a particular detail to each story, in a way he showed a sort of extreme fascination, in terms of the violence, to the system which had produced this family of killers, this gang called the Mara, that was slowly infecting the whole of the South American continent and had even infiltrated the United States.
It was to him the work of producing portraits of these personalities marked by events that they had or would be subjected to.
This reportage produced at Visa for Image 2008 is dedicated to him.
Visa pour l'Image 2008 :
Welcome to Visa pour l'Image, the premier International Festival of Photojournalism held in Perpignan, France. This festival is a unique event where you can join thousands of kindred spirits who share a love and passion for photography.
Exhibitions are open from August 30 to September 14. They present stories or anthologies of a photographer's work, reporting on wars, nature, the environment, people, religious issues, and social phenomena, plus the great scourges of our time. Some thirty exhibitions will be presented this year with prestigious artists and organizations like press and photos agencies.
Perpignan is the place where professionals can discuss their problems and debate issues involved in producing and using photographs and the future of the profession. The symposium and "meet the photographer" sessions cover a wide range of questions.
Every evening, from Monday to Saturday, the program will begin with a chronological review of the news stories from the previous year, two months at a time. This is followed by reports and features on social issues, war, stories that have made the news and others that have been kept quiet, plus a range of observations on the state of the world today. Visa pour l'Image also presents retrospectives on major events and figures in history. The "Visa pour l'Image" award ceremonies are held during the evening programs.
The program for 2008 covers today's main events across the continents, e.g. Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Colombia, China, Tibet, Russia, Somalia/Ethiopia, the USA, and Chad. There are wars, but there are also political, social and environmental developments and changes.
2008 includes a number of anniversary celebrations, with worldwide commemorations and events, such as : the end of World War I, 30 years of the Figaro Magazine, the 70 years of the Roger-Viollet Agency...
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