Gregory Halpern is the fourth laureate of Immersion, A French-American Photography Commission of the Hermès Foundation. This edition of the photography programme of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès benefits from a new partnership between the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris.
Founded in 2014, Immersion, A French-American Photography Commission of the Hermès Foundation is an annual photography programme featuring exchange residencies, exhibitions and publications. On a yearly alternating basis, Immersion is open to either photographers based in the United States who are mentored by an English-speaking professional as they create a new photographic work in France, or to photographers based in France, who are mentored by a French professional as they create a new photographic work in the United States.
Following a three-year partnership with the Aperture Foundation (New York), this programme dedicated to contemporary photography and organized by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès will now take place with the support of two new partner institutions, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris. At the end of their residency, each laureate will benefit from a solo exhibition hosted by both of these two prestigious art institutions, in the United States and in France. The exhibitions will be accompanied by a bilingual publication.
Each year, the portfolios of eight candidates are submitted by a mentor to a jury of professionals drawn from across the programme’s partner institutions. Following a preliminary selection, five photographers are each awarded a grant of €1,000 to develop a specific project and to create a presentation portfolio for submission to the jury.
This year’s jury met in Paris on November 6th, 2018, on the occasion of Paris Photo, to select a laureate on the merit of their proposed project. The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès will award the laureate a grant of €40,000 to carry out their residency and their project, and will also fund their solo exhibitions at SFMOMA and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, as well as the publication of the book that accompanies this exhibition.
The mentor for the fourth edition is Clément Chéroux, Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This year’s laureate, Gregory Halpern (b. 1977 in Buffalo, New York), will carry out his residency in Guadeloupe in 2019 ahead of solo exhibitions of his work at SFMOMA in the summer of 2020 and at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris in autumn 2020. A bilingual publication dedicated to his work will be published jointly by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and Aperture.
The previous laureates of Immersion, A French-American Photography Commission of the Hermès Foundation are, in chronological order, Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques (France) in 2016, Alessandra Sanguinetti (United States) in 2017 and Taysir Batniji (France/Palestine) in 2018.