Announced in 2014, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès (Hermès Foundation) and Aperture Foundation have forged a new alliance to support contemporary photography in France and the United States, through the creation, exhibition, and publication of new works.
As part of the partnership program, an annual commission, called Immersion: A French American Photography Commission, will lead to an exhibition at Aperture Gallery and an accompanying book. In alternating years, the program is open to either a photographer based in France, but seeking to create a new body of work in the United States, mentored by a French professional in the field; or a photographer based in the U.S., seeking to create new work in France, mentored by an American professional.
The partnership also incorporates a biannual exhibition at Aperture Gallery of the winner of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, who will be an established photographer with a documentary focus, selected by an international jury and supported to create a major new body of work. In each year of the exhibition’s presentation, the resulting work will be shown first at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris, and then travel to Aperture Foundation in New York. The Hermès Foundation has supported the HCB Award since 2013.
The Hermès Foundation supports people and organizations seeking to learn, perfect, transmit, and celebrate the skills and creativity that shape and inspire our lives today. Alongside its other programs in the contemporary visual arts (exhibitions and artists’ residencies), performing arts (the New Settings program), design (the Prix Émile Hermès), and craftsmanship (the Skills Academy), the Hermès Foundation’s alliance with Aperture deepens its engagement with, and extends its commitment to, the culture and community of photography.