The 2021 EyeEm Photographer of The Year was announced during an eagerly awaited awards ceremony taking place at Haubentaucher, the headquarters of the Berlin Photo Week. The award honors the photographer of this year’s EyeEm Awards 2021 season whose work, according to the jury, was the most outstanding among the around 340K submitted photos.
The winner chosen by the EyeEm team of experts and jury members receives €1000, a professional iPhone camera grip from EyeEm X Fjorden and appears in publications worldwide such as the British Journal of Photography and, of course, quite justifiably also in his article here on GoSee. Besides portrait and fashion photographer Kate Phellini and photo journalist Aiyush Pachnanda, the EyeEm Photographer of the Year Award in 2021 was also given to Thiago Dezan.
After Thiago filmed his first video in his hometown of Cuiabá, Brazil, at the age of 16, he felt the desire to document suffering, despair and resilience with his camera. As a consequence, his path led him to prisons, to protests and wherever danger was imminent.
“In an artistic sense, chaos is my brush. The current despair is what motivates me to go further, searching for stories and interesting people. I want more people to help me make sense of the world I see.” – Thiago Dezan, the 2021 EyeEm Photographer of the Year.
About Thiago’s latest ‘Untitled’ project : In an attempt to curb the advance of narco-trafficking in the territories of Michoacán, Mexico, indigenous people and small communities in the state have taken the matter into their own hands. Since 2013, more than 40 groups of armed men and women have been organized to patrol Michoacán. Up to 20,000 armed citizens fight their own constant war with the cartels. These groups are mainly divided into two categories: ‘Policia Comunitaria’ (formed by indigenous people and recognized by the Mexican State) and ‘Autodefensa’ (paramilitary without an ethnic component, formed by local charismatic figures).
About Thiago’s new book : ‘When I Hear That Trumpet Sound’. The story was inspired by the song ‘Ain't No Grave’ and a Bible verse describing the resurrection of the dead, and the process of change humans undergo as a metaphor for resilience and resistance. Dezan’s book describes the oppression people are exposed to all over the Americas and indicates what they have in common all over the continents. Read the complete interview with Thiago in EyeEm magazine. GoSee : eyeem.com//thiago-dezan-on-the-dangerous-reality-of-documentary-photography
It’s this way to all winners of the EyeEm Awards 2021 as well as the video of the awards ceremony. GoSee : eyeem.com/awards & youtube.com/watch