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Commissions Lebanese Water November -2015 projected completion, May 2016. A commission by the American University of Beirut to create a Twenty-minute documentary highlighting the political...
I am venturing into the world of self-publishing, my first book project is all about my Oil Sands project. The first rough layouts are looking good and I cannot wait to share the progress in early Jan 2017!
Front Cover; Sulphur Pile, Oil Sands, Alberta, Canada. Photography Alan Gignoux Gignouxphotos are self-publishing a photobook and working on a webdoc! Its an exciting process, hard work with lots of ups and downs but its all starting to come together. 2016 is drawing to an end, we have been editing and curating 5 years of photography and film, documenting the Oil Sands, Alberta, Canada, "A Journey through the Oil Sands". We are using Klynt for interactive editing and creation of a web documentary. Images from the project will also be made into a photo book, collaborating with the excellent Stanley James Press. http://www.stanleyjamespress.com/This is a sneak peak at the possible cover, it will be a large hand bound photo-book, with some creative surprises inside. We are also looking for collaborators to work on the web documentary, so get in touch. Fundraising for this project begins early 2017.
I have been working this year as the lead photographer on a documentary looking at the water and waste crisis in Lebanon
In July 2015, tens of thousands of Lebanese gathered in Beirut's Martyrs' Square to protest the mounting trash crisis. They were angry at the government for not resolving a basic issue: trash collection. The country's largest dump had closed – almost two decades after it was supposed to – and with nowhere for the trash to go, it started piling up on the sides of roads, under bridges, on the banks of rivers, and dumped in valleys.
Beirut and other cities stank of trash; trash was being burned on the roads; people got sick. The protests quickly developed into being about more than just the trash crisis and the state's inability to deal with it, but about the political system itself.
The demonstrations generated attention about a relatively neglected issue —the environment. While the topic had on occasion surfaced in the public sphere, public attention to it has certainly not reflected the scale of on-going ecological deterioration. Like many other development issues it is drowned out in the cacophony of voices that result from Lebanon’s sectarian divisions and the ensuing struggles for power.
The documentary focuses on the water cycle, sustainability, the management of water resources, and the impact of the recent trash crisis on water resources as well as public health.
Beyond just documenting ecological degradation and its effects, the documentary elaborates on the interrelated social, political, economic and ecological processes that produce these dynamics of pollution.
The aim of the documentary is to highlight the challenges facing the country in terms of water resources and management, now and in the future. Based on research carried out by universities, institutions and media reports, the documentary will show to the Lebanese public, as well as an international audience, the dangers to one of the country's most important resources.
Journalist Paul Cochrane and academic Dr Karim Eid-Sabbagh are the co-directors and script writers, while Alan Gignoux is the documentary’s lead cameraman.
The documentary, slated for release in 2017, will be in both Arabic and English.
My short film, Appalachia: Mountaintops to Moonscapes was a finalist in the moving image category at this year's AOP 2016 Awards.
The ancient mountain forests of Appalachia have been felled and what remains is an eerie, barren landscape of rough-hewn rock. The short film shows the effects of mountain top removal in America's coal heartland.
We were so pleased to be nominated to gain more exposure for the project.
The Awards were presented at a special ceremony at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London. We didn't win, but it was great to have the short film nominated and reach a wider audience.
Appalachia in Virginia is known for two very different reasons. Firstly, as America’s “resource colony,” which at its height a hundred years ago supplied two-thirds of the nation’s coal reserves. Secondly, as the poorest, least educated and least healthy region of North America with a scarred landscape that may never recover. Coal mining has been part of the socio-economic fabric of this part of Appalachia for over a century, but a move away from traditional shaft mining to mountaintop removal methods has devastated local communities by taking away employment, destroying the landscape and causing pollution-related health problems. I will be developing this work further.
Gignouxphotos is an established photojournalistic and multimedia company, whose projects focus on the socio-political and environmental aspects of controversial issues around the world. Working with Non-Governmental Organisations such as CARE, Oxfam and the British Council, projects have all achieved international success.