Lizzie SADIN has been a photographer since 1992 and specialized in coverage of subjects of a social nature, focusing on human rights.
Before taking up photography, she had been, for a dozen years, successively counsellor, social worker for underprivileged populations of the inner cities, then educator for adults, workers in vocational retraining, teachers and youths dealing with illiteracy then head of training in the teaching of reading.
A contemplative photography enthusiast when viewing the pictures by Sebastiao Salgado, Eugène Smith, Dorothee Lange, Walker Evans and other humanist photographers, she decided to be a photographer herself and travel, to testify through fundamental features on subjects of a social character concerning Human Rights. So, in 1992, Lizzie decided to photograph what she has seen too often ignored, hidden away. In 1994 she joined Rapho, the agency of Robert Doisneau and other humanists in photography, then, in 2002, the agency Editing.
She studied Israeli Arabs, Kosovo following the chaos, clandestine immigration in Europe, the pollution in Silesia, teenage obesity, transexuals, foreign orphans, the deforestation in the Amazon, teenage mothers…
For three years (1996-98) she followed the ordeal of battered women, from their homes to the emergency ward, from the police station to women’s shelters, before undertaking part two in 2004, on the subject of the men, perpetrators of violence (police, hospital, arrests, prison, therapy and social and judicial treatment). This work on domestic violence earned many awards and has been shown in exhibitions and publications in France and abroad. Her photographs illustrated Amnesty International’s worldwide campaign to stop violence against women in 2006.
She also devoted herself to the infanticide and selective elimination of little girls in India, “Die and send us your brother…” and the early marriage of little girls in Ethiopia in 2004, “Such little brides…” In 2007, she carried out a work on the female victims of the slave trade in Moldavia, on sexual tourism and sexual exploitation of minors in Madagascar in 2009 and the trade in women in Israel “Promised Land, Promised Woman…” in 2010 for the Prix Pierre BOULAT.
During 8 years, from 1999 to 2007, she devoted herself to a long work on the detention conditions of children throughout the world: “Minors in jail”, 8 years of investigation and reporting, 60 countries approached, in the end 12 countries on 4 continents and 69 prisons visited. Poor and rich countries, countries at peace and countries at war, democratic countries and lawless states… This feature won several awards including the Visa d’Or 2007, the special prize at Jury Days Japan Tokyo, the Top D’or at the Festival International of Photojournalism of Shenyang and was finalist for the Eugene Smith award, New York and others…
The work’s first instalment “Children Behind Bars” illustrated Amnesty International’s world campaign on the fate of children in detention in Russia, as well as the campaign “Horizon, children deprived of freedom” led by the BICE presided by the famous senator Robert BADINTER.
She also collaborates with humanitarian organisation such as Human Rights Watch, UNICEF, Terre des Hommes, Fondation Abbé Pierre, Médecins du Monde…
Since, she has been working on extremisms, from radical Islam in Europe to the rise of fascism in Hungary or the Ultra-Right, in France and elsewhere.
FRENCH AND INTERNATIONAL AWARDS:
2015 : Finalist of AFD award, (French developpement Agency)
2013 : Finalist of AFD award, (French developpement Agency)
2011 : Finalist of FotoEvidence Book Award, New York
2010 : Pierre and Alexandra BOULAT Award Visa pour l’image.
2010 : One of the 4 Finalists of the Academy des Beaux Arts, Paris
2010 : Finalist of Anthropograpia for Human rights, the photojournalism competition
on human rights, Montréal
2009 : Finalist at the Carmignac Gestion photojournalism Award, Paris
2009 : Days Japan Special Jury Award Tokyo.
2009 : Finalist at the Anthropographia Award, photojournalism competition on human rights, Montréal
2008 : Finalist at the Eugène Smith Award, New York.
2008: Finalist at Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Award
2008 : Golden Top Award at International festival of photojournalism
2007 : VISA d’Or Magazine at19th International Festival of Photojournalism, “Visa pour l’Image” France.
2007 : Jury’s Special Award 22nd Festival of Photojournalism, Angers, France.
2005 : Finalist at Care International Grand Prix for Humanitarian Reporting 2004 : 3P Grant created by Yann Arthus Bertrand, France.
2002: “FNAC Award”Attention Talent Photo” Jury’s Special Award
2001 : Finalist at Prix Niepce
1998 : Care International Grand Prix for Humanitarian Reporting at Visa pour l’Image” for “Is this how women live?”
1997 : Jury’s Special Prize at the 12th Festival of the Scoop and Photojournalism, Angers, France.
EXHIBITIONS IN FRANCE AND INTERNATIONAL :
2016 : With the collectif « MyDarkroom » at Espace Réduit, at SCAM, at the Central and at Alcazar Paris
2015 : Exhibition at Wilson, Californie du Nord, USA
2015 : Exhibition at Tremblay en France
2013 : Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay Canada
2012 : Fait et Cause Galery, DROIT DE REGARDS, Amnesty International and the photographers, 40 years of collaboration, collective exhibition with photographers of Magnum agency
2012 : “Crual and Unsual” Galery Noordelicht Gronigen, Hollande
2012 : Photoville Brooklyn, Dumbo, New York
2012 : Screening at Visa pour l’image the work on Nazis in Hungary
2012 : Exhibition at United Nations Palais des Nations
2012 : Amnesty International Paris
2012 : Projection screening at Photo Night at Vannes under the aegis of Council of Europe
2011: Exhibition at Gallery VII, New York, Brooklyn October 2011
Exhibition of finalist and winner of FotoEvidence Book Award
2011: Exhibition at the Europe House in London to celebrate the European Year of
Volunteering EUNIC. Lizzie represented France in this exhibition which puts together 26 works of 26 european countries.
2011 : Médiathèque du Val d’Europe, Marne La Vallée Paris
2010 : Fait et Cause Galery, dedicated to humanitarian issues Paris
2008 : Les Tops, at International Festival of Photojournalism Shengyang, China
2008 : 2nd Rencontres Photographiques de Créteil presided by William Klein “Concerned photographers”.
2008 : Exhibition at the Archipel, National Scène of Guadeloupe.
2008 : Figaro Magazine, « 30 years of emotion » collective exhibition on the Senate railings, Paris, 80 of the stongest features published in 30 years.
2007 : Visa pour l’Image, exhibition at the Couvent des Minimes
2006 : BNF, Bibliothèque Nationale de France Site François Mitterrand, collective exhibition “The concerned photography”
2006 : Chanel Asia at Tokyo
2006 : Guest of honour of the Rencontres Photographiques de Noisiel
2006: Faits et Causes Galery as Finalist at the Grand Prix Care International
2006 : Festival Chroniques Nomades, Honfleur, France
2006 : Bayeux War correspondants Award, Bayeux France.
2006 : Roanne mediathèque 2006 : DIDE Fondation, Geneva
2006 : Participation in the new Amnesty International World Campaign on “Violence against Women”, partnership with fivety Fnac Photo galleries in France, Belgium, and Switzerland
2005: Exhibition Children deprived of freedom United States Palace New York.
2005 and 1998 : Visa pour l’Image as finalist and as nominee, Palais des Corts.
2005/2004 : Exhibition “Horizon, Children deprived of freedom” during the campaign of the BICE (International Catholic Child Bureau) in partnership with fivety Fnac Photo galleries in France, Brussel and Geneva. The campaign was presided by famous senator Robert Badinter. A catalogue was published by the BICE. Proceeds from the sale of the book were put back into the BICE to initiate programs for justice for minors in those countries.
2004 : Exhibition of the « collection photographique de la FNAC » La Conciergerie, Paris « Mois de la Photo »
2004 : Unesco 30 years of the ACAT, Association for the abolition of torture.
2004/2003 : Exhibition “Les Enfants du Bagne” in partnership with fivety Fnac photo galleries in France, Brussel and Geneva for the World Amnesty International Campaign dedicated to the situation of minors in jail.
2003 : “Il corpo Imprgionato” centro Studi, Turino Italy
2003: Exhibition at Observatory for equality women/men, Townhill Paris 2000: Paris Townhill, collective exhibition “Women Reporters”
2000 : World Women march, Geneva 1998 : Human rights statement, under the High Patronage of U.N.O. Geneva
1998 : Visa pour l’Image, Palais des Corts
MANY EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCES ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE :
2001 : Exhibition at the Sorbonne University. Paris Regional Delégations for Women Rights France Information Centers for Women Rights France Departemental Delegations for Women Rights France Exhibition and symposium in Bréscia, Turin, Bari and Brindisi Italia.
COLLABORATIONS WITH FRENCH AND INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINES:
Paris Match, Polka Magazine, Le Monde daily and Le Monde M, GEO, Le Point, Psychologie Magazine, Le Figaro Magazine, Figaro daily, Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur, Madame Figaro, Elle, Marie-Claire, Marianne, Télérama, L’Express, VSD, La Croix, l’Humanité Dimanche, Le Pèlerin, La Vie, Le Vrai journal, DS, Ca m’intéresse, Croissance, Femme Actuelle, L’évènement du Jeudi, La Revue de l’Infirmière, Choc, Le Parisien, Grazia, Prisma, and Time, Business Week , Stern, la Republica de la Donna, Die Zeit, Fémina, Elle Belgique et Elle Canada, Marie-Claire (International Editions : Singapour, Latin America, England, Spain, Australia, Korea, China, India, Roumania) La tribune de Genève, Interviu, Reportage, the International magazine of photojournalism, Scientific American/ Women’s Health, Gazeta Wyborcza, Duzy Format, El Semanal, Days Japan, …
PARTICIPATIONS IN DIFFERENT WORKS:
- Amnesty International: Participation in the new World Campaign “Violence against Women”. Publication of the “Report on violence against woman, an affair of state” Collection Autrement, 2006 Mutations series.
- Poster campaign for the Platform Against Modern Slavery and Trafficking :
Produced photos testifying Trafficking and modern-day slavery.
- With MEDECINS””:http://http://www.lizzie-sadin.com/biography DU MONDE, Volunteer Reporter and member of the editorial board of the magazine “les nouvelles de Médecins du Monde” 1999 to 2007 Realisation of many reportages on their missions in Moldavia on women trafficking, in Ivory Coast about street children, at Madagascar on sexual tourism on minors…
- With UNICEF France, partnership on the reportage Early marriages of girls in Ethiopia 2000
- With The FONDATION ABBE PIERRE, Assignment for a reportage about their missions and programs on Albanese houses destroyed by the Serbs in Kosovo 1999-2000
- With TERRE DES HOMMES, Reportage on their missions of reforestation in Amazonia and protection of the Guarani people.
- With The Minisitry of Labor and Social Affairs and Women Rights Service, Assignement of the reportage on Domestic Viiolence in France 1996-98
- Contributor to “34 Vues contre l´oubli”, book of photographs illustrating forgotten causes. Médecins du Monde, Doctors of the world 2008.
- Contributor to the book “Grands Reporters, Carnets Intimes” “Great Reporters, Private Notebooks” published by Elocoquent. A book bringing together accounts by great reporters. 2008.
- Contributor to the book “Femmes & Hommes de conviction”
“Women & Men of Conviction”, which gives accounts of “What commitment means…” Éditions Aubanel 2008
- Contributor to the book “Don de Vie” Gift of Life”, 100 photographers working
on the theme of organ donation for the Foundation Greffe de Vie. Editions di Sciullo 2008
- Campaign against Women Trafficking with Platform of French NGO’s
- Participation at the collective exhibition Rupture Ado, at Musée Carnavalet Paris, for the benefit of an NGO involved in actions for teenagers in need and participation to the sale by auction at Hôtel Drouot for the benefit of HRW Human Right watch of photographs of Lizzie among other photographers.
- Participation to the sale by auction at Hôtel Drouot for the benefit of HRW Human Right watch of photographs of Lizzie among other photographers: Salgado, Reza, Riboud
She was a member of the Association of Women Journalists (AFJ) and as such, co-creator of the Canon AFJ Award for female photographer, awarded during “Visa pour l’image”. This grant has the objective of promoting the work of women photographers and to help them in the carrying out of their reporting.
She was curator and artistic director of the Photo Festival “Nature and Landscape”
at La Gacilly in 2005 and 2006.
For many years now, she is a member of the jury of the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents.
Book « Mineurs en Peines » / “Minors behind bars”
Editions Actes Sud/ Delpire, Photo poche Collection, December 2009.
Texts of Amnesty International, of the Président of the Court for Minors of Bobigny, JP Rosenczveig and of the french singer Bernard Lavilliers
PHOTO AGENCIES :
SIPA France and POLARIS IMAGES USA
And Member of the Group of Photographers « MY DARKROOM »
Tel : +33 1 42 03 39 01
cell phone : +33 6 86 07 24 52