Available in: Haïti
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Languages Spoken: French, Créole, English, Spanish
Years of experience: 6 to 10
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Valérie Baeriswyl is a freelance photojournalist, of Swiss origin, trained at the EMI-CFD in Paris. Freelancer for AFP since 2016, her photos are published in various media around the world: Le Temps, Le Monde, The Guardian, El Pais, Libération, Courrier international, Aften Posten Innsikt, Miami Herald and The New York Times...
In 2012, she received the “Grand Prix Paris-Match” for photojournalism with her work "Converted". In 2015, she moved to Haiti and joined Kolektif 2D, which publishes her reports in the magazine Fotopaklè.
A portraitist at heart, Valérie discovered photography at a very young age and adopted it to tell stories, to meet others. She likes to photograph human societies, to relate the reality of a community. When she stays in Switzerland during the summer, she photographs weddings and families. These works can be seen at the following websites: www.krakote.com and www.instagram.com/krakote_pro.
Valérie also specializes in reportage and documentary work. Since 2017, she has been working on the Pine Forest (Forêt des Pins) in Haiti. She follows the daily life of the forest inhabitants and their paradoxical relationship with the dying forest surrounding them. For this photographic work, she was awarded the “Portrait(s) festival in Vichy” prize. This series of photojournalistic portraits was exhibited for 3 months in 2019. It was then published in GEO magazine on their November 2020 issue.
Valérie Baeriswyl has recently published a book with her project on Haitian weddings, a six years long work. The exhibition was held at French Institute of Haiti last January. This reportage received the "Yannis Behrakis Photojournalism Grants" from Reuters in 2019. The French magazine "6 mois" published it in March 2020, and it was later on featured as a picture essay in The Guardian in September 2020:
Instagram : Valerie_ayiti