The international photojournalism festival ‘Visa pour l’image’ celebrated its 25th edition this year. Held as always in the southern French city of Perpignan, it has seen some four million visitors since 1989.
We spoke to one couple who have been every year about why it appeals. They said: “We learn more from the Visa festival than we do sometimes from television news and there’s a really nice atmosphere.”
The festival is a must for photojournalists with pictures from a range of genres. However it is the images of war and disaster – often very hard to look at – which are the hallmark of the festival.
Festival director Jean-François Leroy defended the graphic content: “We have varied the difficult photos, photos which are sometimes difficult to bear, to look at. But that’s the reality of the world. I always say it is not my photos which are difficult to see, it is the situation that they portray.”
Among the exhibitors is Rafael Fabrés, a freelance photojournalist living in Rio de Janeiro. His shots, taken over the last two years, look behind the scenes at the pre-World Cup and Olympic Games security programme in the city’s shanty towns.
The festival runs until mid September.