Abdo Shanan

The I Premi Mediterrani Albert Camus Incipiens supports journalism projects in line with the journalistic ideals of Albert Camus.

For this reason, the jury composed of Mustapha Benfodil, Sophie Dufau and Juan Valbuena, after meeting on September 29th 2020, decided to award this first edition’s prize to Abdo Shanan and his project A Little Louder. The quality and strength of his imagistic writing were praised by the jury as well as his desire to express a reality which, though focused on Algeria, describes the entire history of revolution in the Mediterranean. A Little Louder seeks to bring to light the way in which freedom, in Algeria’s political and health context, is being restricted day by day. It also bears witness to the invisible struggles for human dignity and the daily heroism of women and men.

Faithful to the spirit of Albert Camus, this project addresses a topical issue and at the same time examines the use and power of information in a democracy. “Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority.” Abdo Shanan’s project responds to this Camusian postulate in a contemporary and grassroots manner, by looking closely at the women and men in today’s Algeria.

An essential project, at a time when the whole planet is challenged by a virus, which serves to remind us that we must continue to resist even if everything compels us to surrender. If journalism becomes citizen, the resistance to power should as well.

Abdo Shanan was born in 1982 in Oran, Algeria to a Sudanese father and an Algerian mother. Abdo studied Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Sirte, Libya until 2006. In 2012, he undertook an internship at Magnum Photos Paris, which gave him the opportunity to reflect on his photographic approach and make his first story for the magazine ‘Rukh’. His photographs have been published by a number of printed and online magazines as well as by newspapers. In 2015, he received a nomination for Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund and in 2016 his series ‘Diary: Exile’ was selected by the Addis Fotofest. In 2019, he won The CAP Prize (Contemporary African Photography) for his ongoing project “Dry”. In the same year he was selected for Joop Swart’s Masterclass by World Press Photo.