The book

“Congo In Conversation” is presented in a bilingual French-English monograph, co-published by Fondation Carmignac and Reliefs Editions, and available on Reliefs’ e-shop.

The images are accompanied by a conversation with Mark Sealy, curator and Director of Autograph ABP in London, who is interested in the relationship between photography, race and human rights, Finbarr O’Reilly, and Emeric Glayse, Director of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award.

What we have to do, on this side of the Equator, is think about how we help generate and tell those more complex stories, to help audiences see differently. We must break the chains of those visual burdens, which represent African countries in a way that has been historically and culturally debasing.

Mark Sealy, extract from the monograph

About the authors

Finbarr O’Reilly is an independent photographer and multimedia journalist, and the author of the nonfiction memoir, Shooting Ghosts, A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War (Penguin Random House 2017). Finbarr lived for 12 years in West and Central Africa and has spent two decades covering conflicts in Congo, Chad, Sudan, Afghanistan, Libya, and Gaza. He is the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize exhibition photographer (exhibition « Crossroads Ethiopia » around the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Abiy Ahmed Ali) and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. His photography and multimedia work has earned numerous industry honors, including First Place in the Portraits category at the 2019 World Press Photo Awards. He was also winner of the World Press Photo of the Year in 2006.

Mark Sealy is interested in the relationships between photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights. He has been director of London-based photographic arts institution Autograph ABP since 1991 and has produced numerous artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide, including the critically acclaimed exhibition ‘Human Rights Human Wrongs’ at Ryerson Image Centre,Toronto in 2013 and atThe Photographers’ Gallery, London in 2015. Notable projects include the exhibition ‘The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding / Decoding’ for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto and acclaimed exhibitions on the works of James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Carrie Mae Weems, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Mahtab Hussain and Maud Sulter. In 2020 he curated the Houston Fotofest Biennial, ‘African Cosmologies: Photography, Time And the Other’.

Reliefs is a publishing house that develops, in a spirit of permanent curiosity, an editorial policy focused on the transmission of knowledge, awareness of the future of the planet and our connection to the living world. Reliefs publishes a magazine of the same name which invites researchers, philosophers, geographers, writers, artists or historians to share with us the worlds of yesterday and tomorrow.


Co-published by: Reliefs / Fondation Carmignac
Release date: November 10, 2020
Bilingual: French/English
Size: 21 × 28 cm, 128 pages
Textes : Preface by Finbarr O’Reilly, Conversation between Mark Sealy, Finbarr O’Reilly and Emeric Glayse
Photographs : Finbarr O’Reilly and Congo in Conversation contributors
Price: 35 euros, 45 USD, 58 CAD, 35 GBP
Distributed by: Harmonia Mundi
EAN : 9782380360240