The Prix Levallois is an international prize aimed at celebrating young, talented photographers under the age of 35 years. Each year, one winner is rewarded with a €10,000 endowment and a special exhibition at Galerie de L’Escale in Levallois.

Here we present this year’s laureate, chosen from over 700 entries, as well as the special mention and winner of the public prize. Their work will be exhibited beginning on October 6. More information below.

Winner
A Myth of Two Souls, Chapter 1: Early Time
Vasantha Yogananthan, France

A Myth of Two Souls is inspired by the epic tale The Ramayana. Drawing inspiration from the imagery associated with this myth and its pervasiveness in everyday Indian life, Vasantha Yogananthan is retracing the legendary route from north to south India.

A Myth of Two Souls juxtaposes several sets of photographs: landscapes, hand-painted staged portraits and illustrated black and white photographs. Through these diverse genres, the project interweaves fictional and historical stories with a narration that takes viewers on an epic journey.

Yogananthan’s journey in producing the work is epic in itself: covering 3,500 miles by 2019. Since 2013, he has already done five trips in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, and has five more to go. A Myth of Two Souls will eventually be published in seven photo-books between 2016-2019, one per chapter of the tale. The first book and dedicated website for this ambitious project has been launched.


Special Mention
Grass
Michele Tagliaferri, Italy

We look at the world. We breathe the air that fills it and the smoke that wraps around it. We smell the leaves of grass that shroud the earth. We admire the secret of detail, the beauty of imperfection. We run after the sublime of large things and of things even larger. We touch with our breath the soft wrinkles of a skin. We feel the pounding sea and the blinding light. We dance with the mystery of fire. We fall in love with the ancient shape of a stone, with the infinity contained in a look.

We contemplate life, because in the end it is all that we have left.


Public Prize
Boundary as Frame
Domenico d’Alessandro & Maria Palmieri, Italy

Boundary as a Frame is a collaborative project bridging classical film photography practice with an innovative, post-photographic method that belongs to the genre of appropriation art. The “frame” here is not only used as a graphical element: it is also functional and serves to describe geopolitical boundary as something that wraps the human being.

The story is about migration from Africa to Europe; it is about all the people who live in constant conflict between the desire to live a normal, satisfying life and the countless political, cultural and geographical problems related to the places where they belong to originally.

—LensCulture


Editors’ Note: The work of both Vasantha Yogananthan and Michele Tagliaferri will be exhibited at the gallery
L’Escale à Levallois from October 6 to November 26, 2016. More information can be found on the Prix’s website.