2014 marks the ten year anniversary of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program, which has now awarded almost $1 million in funding to photojournalists. As we prepare to announce this year’s winners on September 4 at Visa Pour l’Image, here is a look back at some of the winners from the past 10 years.
When he won a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography in 2012, Bharat Choudhary had spent several years photographing religious prejudice against young Muslims in England and the United States.
To further the project, he chose to examine the roots of ‘Islamophobia’ in Marseille, France. Choudhary discusses this further...
"The city is not markedly divided into ‘French’ or ‘Arab’ neighborhoods. It is more of a ‘rich-poor’ divide. But the high concentration of Arab families in the poorer northern quartiers [quarters] of Marseille is clearly evident. The schools are perfect examples that depict this ‘north-south’ or ‘Arab-French’ divide. Children of Muslim families are concentrated in schools in the Northern working-class quartiers of Marseille. In my discussions with some teachers, I was told that the academic results of students from the Northern and Southern schools are very different.
I’ll share these words from a report by Open Society Foundation: ‘In Marseille, the origins of Islamophobia reach back in time far beyond the events of 9/11, and they are deeply rooted in the history of the city. Hence a last paradox, which sums up the previous one: whereas Marseille is often considered, rightly or wrongly, by other Frenchmen and foreign tourists as the ‘most Muslim city in Europe’, it is certainly not, at present, a city where it is easy for one to define oneself as a Muslim, and even less so as a religiously devout one.’"
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