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Gilles Peress
French, b. 1946
I don't care so much anymore about 'good photography'; I am gathering evidence for history ”
Biography
In 1972, Gilles Peress began documenting immigration in Europe. This work continues in his current ongoing project, Hate Thy Brother, a cycle of documentary narratives that looks at intolerance and its consequences.

His books include Haines; A Village Destroyed; The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar; The Silence: Rwanda; Farewell to Bosnia and Telex Iran.

His work has been exhibited and is collected by the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS1, all in New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the V&A in London; the Musée d'Art Moderne, the Picasso Museum, Parc de la Villette and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Museum Folkwang, Essen; the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, among others.

Awards and fellowships Peress has received include: The Guggenheim Fellowship , National Endowment for the Arts grants, Pollock-Krasner and New York State Council of the Arts fellowships, the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography and the International Center of Photography Infinity Award.

Portfolios of his work have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, Du magazine, Life, Stern, Geo, Paris-Match, Parkett, Aperture and the New Yorker.

Peress is Professor of Human Rights and Photography at Bard College, NY and Senior Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley. Peress joined Magnum Photos in 1971 and served three times as vice-president and twice as president of the co-operative. He and his wife, Alison Cornyn, live in Brooklyn with their three children.

Education:
-1966/68 Institut d'Etudes Politiques
-1968/71 Université de Vincennes

Awards:
-2009 Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Photojournalism
-2002 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
-2002 New York State Council on the Arts, Individual Artists Project Grant
-2002 Cornell Capa Award (ICP Infinity Awards): Here is New York: a democracy of
photographs
-2002 Brendan Gill Prize: here is New York: a democracy of photographs exhibition
-2000 Mosaique Programme Grant, “Difference/Indifference” Centre National de
L’Audiovisuel, Luxembourg
-2000 Overseas Press Club: 1999 Olivier Rebbot Award, “Exile and Return”,
The New Yorker
-2000 Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards: Journalistic Impact – Photo Essay, “Exile and Return”,
The New Yorker
-1999 Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards: Eyewitness Photo and Journalistic Impact
-1998 Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards: Eyewitness Photo and Journalistic Impact
-1997 Art Director’s Club Award for NY Times Web site design: Bosnia: Uncertain Paths
to Peace.
-1997 Open Society Institute’s Individual Project Fellowship: Hate Thy Brother
-1996 International Center of Photography Infinity Award
-1995 Erich Solomon Prize
-1995 Camera Works
-1994 International Center of Photography Infinity Award
-1993 La Fondation de France Fellowship
-1992/93 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
-1992 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
-1990 Art Matters Grant
-1989 Ernst Haas Award
-1989 Art Director's Club Award
-1986 Gahan Fellowship at Harvard University
-1984 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
-1984 W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography
-1983 Fondation Nationale pour la Photographie
-1983 Imogen Cunningham Award
-1981 Prix de la Critique Couleur
-1981 Prix du Premier Livre/Foundation Kodak Pathe
-1981 Overseas Press Club Award
-1981 Art Director's Club Award
-1981 American Institute of Graphic Arts Award
-1979 National Endowment for the Arts
-1977 Apeiron: Artist in Residence

Selected One Person and Group Exhibitions:
-2011 Photography from The New Yorker, Howard Greenberg Gallery
Rencontres d’Arles - The New York Times Magazine Photographs Exhibition
Anti-photojournalism, FOAM, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
-2010 Anti-photojournalism, La Virreina, Barcelona, Spain
Haus der Geschichte, Bonn, Germany, Fall of the Wall
Triennale di Milano, "Disquieting Images" exhibition, The Silence, book installation
-2009 Look3 Festival, Charlottesville, Virginia
-2008-10 Access To Life/Rwanda, lobal Fund/Magnum Photos traveling group exhibition,
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Musée de l’Homme, Paris, France;
Matadero Madrid, Madrid, Spain; Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway; Ara Pacis
Museum, Rome, Italy; African American Museum and Library, Oakland, CA;
Berliner Conference Center, Berlin, Germany
-2007 1937 Guernica 2007, Musee National Picasso, Paris, France
System Error Exhibition, Palazzo Delle Papesse, Sienna, Italy
Mosaique, Centre National de L’Audiovisuel, Luxembourg
L’Image d’Apres La Cinematheque Francaise, Paris, France
Turkey by Magnum, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul
-2006 Full House: Views of the Whitney’s Collection at 75
-2005 Espelho Meu, Portugal as seen by Magnum Photographers, Centro Cultural De,
Belem, Portugal
-2004 Haines, gelatin silver print installation, Galerie Fait et Cause, Paris, France
Grenzenlos (Beyond Borders): The Fall, book installation; The Graves, digital
print installation; Apres Entres Guerres, book installation; Farewell To Bosnia,
silver print installation, C|O Berlin, Berlin Germany
En Guerra (At War) Exhibition, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona,
Spain
-2003 Choix d’HCB, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France.
Here is New York “A Democracy of Photographs” Exhibition Co-founder, 2001,
Concept and Design Gilles Peress.
-2002 Here is New York “A Democracy of Photographs” Exhibition Co-founder, 2001,
Concept and Design Gilles Peress.
-2001 Here is New York “A Democracy of Photographs” Exhibition Co-founder, 2001,
Concept and Design Gilles Peress.
Farewell To Bosnia, silver print installation, Washington University Gallery of Art,
St. Louis, MO
The Silence, book installation: Dazibao, Montreal, Canada
-2000 The Silence, book installation: Centro de Estudos Fotograficos, Vigo, Spain
To The Rescue: Eight Artists in an Archive: Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston,
Texas
The Graves, digital print installation: Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, and Bosnia
To The Rescue: Eight Artists in an Archive: The Jewish Museum of San Francisco,
California
-1999 The Graves, digital print installation: Nederalnds Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, the
Netherlands
To The Rescue: Eight Artists in an Archive: Miami Art Museum, Florida
Farewell To Bosnia; Apres Entres Guerres, digital and silver print installation:
Open Society Institute New York, NY
-1999 The Pursuit of Happiness, The Silence, book installation: The Alternative Museum,
New York, NY
To The Rescue: Eight Artists in an Archive: The International Center of
Photography, New York, NY
Under/Exposed: Stockholm, Sweden
The Graves, digital and silver print installation, Scalo Gallery, New York, NY
-1998 Bosnia: Avant/Apres Guerre, digital print installation: Parc de la Villette, Paris,
France
Devoir de Memoire: The Silence, book installation: Parc de la Villette, Paris, France
-1997 Farewell To Bosnia, silver print installation: La Filature, Mulhouse, France
The Silence, book installation: Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie,
Arles, France
Europe in the 70’s, silver print installation, Sag Harbor Picture Gallery, Sag Harbor,
NY
The Silence, book installation: Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, The
Netherlands
The Silence, silver print installation: University of California, Berkeley, Graduate
School of Journalism
-1996 Face a l’Histoire, The Silence, book installation: Centre George Pompidou, Paris,
France
Guerras Fratricidas: Fundacio “la Caixa:”, Barcelona, Spain
Sex and Crime, The Silence, silver print installation: Sprengel Museum, Hannover,
Germany
Projects: Iran, Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda, silver print installation: Howard Greenberg
Gallery, New York, NY
-1995 The Silence, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Museum Folkwang, Essen,
Germany
-1995 Farewell to Bosnia - Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA
-1994 Farewell to Bosnia - Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA; Photomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA;
PS1, New York City, USA; Rhode Island College Art Center, USA; New Langton
Arts, San Francisco, California, USA; Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Nimes, France; The
Dutch Institute of Photography, Rotterdam, Netherlands; La Primavera Barcelona
(Fundacio La Caixa), Spain
-1993 Lillehammer Art Museum, Lillehammer, Norway
-1992 David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, USA
-1990 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA; Alternative Museum, New York City, USA;
International Center for Photography, New York City, USA; Winnipeg Art Gallery,
Winnipeg, Canada
-1989 Alternative Museum, New York City, USA; International Center for Photography,
New York City, USA; International Museum of Photography/Eastman House,
Rochester, USA; University of South Florida, Tampa, USA; Canon Image Center,
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Fotograficentrum, Stockholm, Sweden; Side Gallery,
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA;
Arbetets Museum, Norrkoping, Sweden
-1988 Hippolyte Gallery, Helsinki and Ranta Gallery, Oulu, Finland; Burden Gallery,
New York City, USA
-1987 The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
-1986 Cité de la Villette, Paris, France; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard
University, Cambridge, USA; The Catskill Center for Photography, Woodstock,
NY, USA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
-1985 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA; Musée d'Art, Fribourg, Switzerland;
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France; Ledel Gallery, New
York City, USA
-1984 Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York City, USA; Film in the Cities,
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; Focus Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA; City
Gallery, New York City, USA; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France;
Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Galerie Magnum,
Paris, France
-1983 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA
-1982 Side Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; Centre Kodak, Paris, France
-1981 Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, France; International Center for Photography,
New York City, USA
-1980 Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York City, USA
-1980 Arts Council of Great Britain, London, UK

Selected Collections:
-Archive of Modern Conflict, London, England
-The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
-Arts Council of Great Britain, London, England
-Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France
-First Bank of Minnesota, MN
-Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA
-Fondation Leitz, Rueil-Malmaison
-Fondation Nationale pour la Photographie, Paris, France
-Fotomuseum Winterhur, Zurich
-Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
-Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, NH
-The International Center of Photography, NY
-International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
-The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
-The Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
-Musée Municipal du Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse, France
-Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
-The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. IL
-The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
-The Museum of the Moving Image, NY
-The Museum of Modern Art, NY
-The New York Historical Society, NY
-The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
-Portland Museum of Art: Ernst Hass Memorial Collection, ME
-Side Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
-San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. San Francisco, CA
-University of New Mexico, University Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
-University of South Florida Art Museum, Tampa, FL
-Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
-The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Books:
-Haines, Photo Poche - Actes Sud, 2004, 94 black & white photographs. Photographs
and text by Gilles Peress
-A Village Destroyed, UC Press, 2002, 251 pages. Photographs by Gilles Peress, with
text by Eric Stover and Fred Abrahams
-Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs, SCALO, 2002, 864 pages. Photography
collective. Photo editing, sequencing, and design by Gilles Peress
-The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar, SCALO, 1998, 334 pages. Photographs by Gilles
Peress, with text by Eric Stover
-The Silence (Le Silence), SCALO, 1995, 208 pages. Photographs by Gilles Peress, text
by Alison Des Forges
-Farewell To Bosnia, SCALO, 1994, 168 pages. Photographs and text by Gilles Peress
-Telex Iran, (Telex Persans), SCALO, 1997, 102 pages. Photographs by Gilles Peress,
text by Gholam Hassan Saedi, Aperture/Contrejour, 1984, for first edition.

Films:
-Farewell To Bosnia, Part One, Directed by Gilles Peress & Eric Marciano. New York
1997.
-A Peruvian Equation, Part of the series The Magnum Eye, made for TV Tokyo, 1992.
-Street Musicians (filmed in NY for M. & Co. Agency, for Benetton), 1992

New Media:
-Bosnia: Uncertain Paths To Peace. Interactive multimedia photojournalism project for
the New York Times On-Line, 1996. concept and design Gilles Peress with Fred
Ritchin
At http://www.nytimes.com/specials/bosnia/
-Farewell To Bosnia. with Picture Projects: Text and photographs by Gilles Peress, 1995.
At http://www.pictureprojects.com/bosnia.html
-Crimes of War. Concept and Design Gilles Peress with html/editorial by Pixelpress
At http://www.crimesofwar.org/
-Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley. Concept and Design Gilles Peress with html by
Pixelpress
At http: http://www.hrcberkeley.org/
-DNA and Human Rights. Concept and Design Gilles Peress with html/editorial by
Pixelpress
At http://www.hrcberkeley.org/dna/
-A Village Destroyed. Concept and Design Gilles Peress.
At http://www.hrcberkeley.org/avillagedestroyed/avdhome.html