It’s in our name. Paris ART and Movie Awards. Why is that ? Because cinema is art, of course. But what about art ? What is the art, is it the goal, the end of the trail, or what you see walking along ? Is art what we are, or what we want to show of ourselves ?
Today, art is becoming, again, a tool we have to use to react to society, our ways of live. Art is what connects us to the others, what helps us focus on our humanity, or the spark that makes us want to destroy it all… And start again from scratch. To me, art is life.
Matt Beurois, founder of the Paris Art and Movie Awards.
~ 2018 ART ~
Here are the 4 artists selected to compete as Best Art Photographer of the year.
MUDRA OF STRENGTH by Ed Benkowski, USA – WINNER 2018
Ed Benkowski is an editorial photographer and videographer based out of Baltimore, MD, USA.
He operates under his studio name “Folie A Two Studio” where he produces editorial, commercial and experimental work.
The name “Folie A Two” represents Ed’s artistic mission; to share his visual concepts and ideas as hallucinations between two close friends with related interests.
“The Mudra of Strength” is a portrait of the relationship of strength and softness inspired by Balinese Gamelan dancers and men’s “muscle” publications (taken from an editorial set titled “Vitality”; a series of “Mudra” stances interpreting masculinity by way of softness).
For me, photography/film has always been simply a means to an end;
a way to transmit beauty from me to you.
It’s just a tool to realize concepts, ideas, facts dreams and commentary.
From my core, my voice in photo/video has always been in experimental works and I sincerely thank the selection team at @parismovieawards for giving experimental art a seat at their table this year. –
I’m humbled and invigorated by the cone of energy this festival has. Please check out the selections, there is amazing work by artists representing 61 countries, who no doubt, put every inch of themselves into their work all the same. –
“Vitality” is an experimental photo set that explores our visual expectations of strength using “Mudra”. The concept was inspired by Balinese Gamelan dancers and mass market muscle magazines for men. “Mudras” are physical gestures in Buddhist/Hindu art that convey a concept, an esoteric thought or a principle. Each photo in the set represents a mudra — each communicating my interpretations of strength and masculinity and it’s relationship to softness. I personally believe to choose softness inward and outward is a true demonstration of strength.
LADIES MARKET by Vikram Valluri, USA
“The motivation of my artistic journey is to unveil the rich sociologies of everyday life. I was seven when my family moved to the US from Hyderabad, India and was raised by my single mother. I realized that everything in mainstream media stood in stark contrast of my own reality. I am intrigued by these conflicting and often converging realities and through my lens, I hope to provoke my audience to look anew at the diversity of our human experience, while challenging us to break stereotypes and rethink conventionally accepted wisdom.
In this photo, Mother and son walk into the frame of mirrors at Laad Bazaar (ladies market) in Hyderabad, India.”
~ 2017 ART ~
Here are the 4 artists selected to compete as Best Art Photographer of the year. Each selected artist has been reviewed by another artist, from the festival, or from another field. Discover this crossover.
SEA AND SALT by Wellington Rodrigues, GERMANY > 2017 WINNER
Spain has many impressive landscapes and fascinating destinations, but one of the most amazing natural resorts are the salty pink lakes in Torrevieja. In this beautiful coastal resort you can find two beautiful salt lakes: a blue-green one called La Mata lagoon and the other, of an impressive pink colour, known as Torrevieja lagoon; both connected to the sea by canals.
In the 19th century, the salt was mainly shipped from the town by Swedish and Dutch ships. At the time, there was only limited demand from other regions of Spain, mainly Galicia and to a lesser extent, Valencia.
FACES OF THE EARTH by Merthan Kortan, TURKEY
“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” Ansel AdamsI think portrait photography is the most important part of the photography. What inspires me is simply “People’s emotions, lives and situations”. Your subject is the hero of your shot and life. You capture history. You touch other lives and learn their story.My photos are taken from the some cities of Turkey.
FREEDOM, by Andrea Busco, ITALY
Love, loss and reflecting what is true.To live is not to breathe but to act. It is to make use of our organs, our senses, our faculties, of all the parts of ourselves which give us the sentiment of our existence.” Jean Jacques RousseauShe was going to die, you see. Or go mad. There was no way she would still be here. I doubted she would even make the next ten minutes. In her out-of body state, her arms were extended parallel to her physical body.
THE CABIN, by Taylor Ann, USA
A lonely little cabin on a little grassy hill.
Just shy of being 180 years old, this little historic cabin never fails to leave you wondering. What was life like when this small home had a family within its walls? What stories could the logs tell and show if they could?
A tiny room, just one room, a little stove fireplace with an old table and two chairs on a dusty wooden floor. All within the perimeter of a small rustic fence, on the property of a local township park, it was moved from its original location across town for the enjoyment of all who visit this park.
How many stories could it tell us that have happened in it over its lifetime? We’ll never know, because even cabins have their secrets.