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Canadian photographer wins Prix Nadar

Canadian photographer Larry Towell has won France's Prix Nadar for his book of photographs, 'No Man's Land.'

Canadian photographer Larry Towell has won France's Prix Nadar for his book of photographs, No Man's Land.

The Prix Nadar is awarded annually for a book of photographs edited in France. The prize was created in 1955 and is awarded by a jury of photojournalists and publishing experts.

No Man's Land is a collection of black and white photographs from the West Bank and Gaza.

It reflects one of Towell's obsessions as a photographer – landlessness and its effects on people – a theme he explored in The Mennonites, about the Mennonites of Mexico, and his award-winning monograph, El Salvador.

Towell is the only Canadian member of the Magnum Photo Agency, a photo agency created in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. Towell also sharecrops at his farm in rural Ontario.

Born in Chatham and educated at York University, Towell has had numerous one-person and group exhibitions across Europe, the U.S., and Canada. His photo essays have appeared in Life, the New York Times magazine, Esquire and Rolling Stone.

Towell has won many international photo awards including the World Press Photo of the Year, The Hasselblad Award and the inaugural Roloff Beny Book Award for his 1997 monograph El Salvador.

The Prix Nadar jury also gave special mention to Peking 1966 by young French photographer Solange Brand and Photojournalism at a Crossroads, a technical book with work by many photographers.

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