Michel Huneault Awarded Lange-Taylor Prize for Post Mégantic

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September 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm  •  Posted in Awards and Contests, News & Events by  •  0 Comments

© Michel Huneault, / Jacques, first swim of the year in Lac Mégantic, June 2014. From "Post Mégantic" by Michel Huneault, winner of the 2015 Lange-Taylor Prize.

© Michel Huneault, / Jacques, first swim of the year in Lac Mégantic, June 2014. From “Post Mégantic” by Michel Huneault, winner of the 2015 Lange-Taylor Prize.

Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies has awarded Canadian photographer Michel Huneault the 23rd Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize for his work Post Mégantic. A multimedia project with images, oral histories, videos and installations, this work is “a meditation on loss and mourning.” Huneault visited Lac-Mégantic 14 times after the tragic July 6, 2013, train disaster that killed 47 people and devastated the small Quebec town.

“Huneault describes Post Mégantic as a ‘requiem to the victims,’ a documentary narrative about life, death, the fragility of existence that he hopes will evoke for viewers of the work a ‘visceral sense of empathy, an appreciation based on introspection, imagination, and compassion.’ His collaboration with the people and town of Lac-Mégantic will continue, as he returns ‘hopefully to find more light and healing,'” stated the Center for Documentary Studies. Information on the other finalists can be found here, and details about the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize are here.

© Michel Huneault / MMA (Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway) train going through Mégantic seven months after the tragedy, February 2013. From "Post MÈgantic" by Michel Huneault, winner of the 2015 Lange-Taylor Prize.

© Michel Huneault / MMA (Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway) train going through Mégantic seven months after the tragedy, February 2013. From “Post MÈgantic” by Michel Huneault, winner of the 2015 Lange-Taylor Prize.

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