Tomas Van Houtryve’s “Lines and Lineage,” a series of photos about the missing photographic history of the American West, is the winner of France’s prestigious 2019 Roger Pic Award which will be presented tonight in Paris.
For the 27th edition of the award, there was a tie and the jury selected two award winners. The other winner is Denis Dailleux for his series “In Ghana – We shall meet again.”
Tomas Van Houtryve followed Mexico’s long-forgotten northern boundary to meet families who have lived in the region, now forming part of the United States, for centuries. His project, “Lines and Lineage,” is featured in The New York Times Lens Blog.
Mr. van Houtryve, 44, wanted to challenge what he calls the West’s “puffed-up mythology” in which Hollywood nurtured the view that the expansion of the United States spread ideas like equality, liberty and democracy in conquered lands.
“In reality, these values arrived in the West straight from Mexico City,” said Mr. van Houtryve, who was raised in California and now lives in Paris. “The main ideological import of Anglo-Americans to the West at the time was actually strident white supremacy.”
One hundred years after the end of the First World War, Tomas Van Houtryve retraced the Western Front and examined how the conflict had touched his family. His journal and personal family photos were published as a multimedia feature by the Smithsonian to mark the centennial of the November 11, 1918 armistice.
Watch VII’s Tomas van Houtryve tonight, June 12, as a guest judge on Master of Photography.
- 8pm on Sky Arts in UK and Ireland
- 9:15pm on Sky Arte HD in Italy
- 9:15pm on Sky Arts HD in Germany and UK