Aris Messinis Greek photographer with Agence France-Presse, Saturday won the Golden Visa “News” of the international photojournalism festival Visa for the image of Perpignan, for his work on the influx of migrants on the island of Lesbos (Greece) in 2015. “I have documented their struggle for a better life,” said Aris Messinis received the award Saturday night in Perpignan during the professional week of the festival closing ceremony .
the Agence France-Presse therefore won for the second consecutive year the most prestigious award of the festival, major appointment of photojournalism. Last year, Bulent Kilic, a Turkish national, responsible for the cover photo of the office of Agence France-Presse in Turkey, had received the same award for his images of the passage of refugees at the Turkish-Syrian border in June 2014. “Our photographer Aris Messinis has done an outstanding job on migrants with this strong series, moving and disturbing”, welcomed the CEO of the Agency, Emmanuel Hoog, in a statement.
“the Visa gold also rewards all AFP teams that realize throughout Europe and the Middle East crisis of migrants,” he added. Pictures of Aris Messinis, shocking and taken as close to the action – showing lifejackets and debris boats at the foot of a cliff, men shouting their joy of having arrived, rescue operations – went around the world.
the war in peace zone
Head of Photography at the office of AFP in Athens, Aris Messinis, aged 39 and son of a photojournalist, working for the agency since 2003. the conflict in Libya, including the battle of Sirte was in 2011 his first theater of war. He very quickly noticed for his talent and courage. For this coverage, he received in 2012 the picture trophy Bayeux-Calvados war correspondents. It then covers the war in Syria and, always, the Greek news. Then, in the summer of 2015, Lesbos became the epicenter of the crisis of migrants. Thousands of Syrian refugees in Iraq and Afghanistan since boarded the Turkish coast on rafts to try to reach the island, gateway to Europe.
“What shocks me most about this cover is to say that we are not in a war zone. that works in a zone of peace. But the emotions that go through my goal worthy of a scene war, “he wrote in an article published by the blog AFP” Making of “. “It is hard to have to translate the difficulties of people, their suffering, then we do ourselves no danger. When covering a war, it is also threatened, so we somehow on a more equal footing with the people you photograph, “said he added in the same article.
” But here there is no risk. That is why often, I drop the case and I support. it’s a need, “he said. Many awards were presented at the festival, which continues for the general public until September 11, the Visa d’or “Magazine” Peter Bauza for his reporting of a building complex known Copacabana Palace in Rio, some unfinished building are occupied by homeless people.