The Andy Rocchelli Grant is an international award promoted by CESURA in the name of its cofounder Andy Rocchelli, photojournalist killed in Ukraine in 2014. Andy was an irreplaceable firestarter, and to make sure that his values as a photographer and as a man can continue to burn, we have decided to establish a grant in his name.
The aim is to identify the best unpublished photographic dummy and award the winner with the production and publication of the book by Cesura Publish, in full freedom of expression, as Andy would have wanted.
The jury will meet in September 2021 to select a short list of finalists. In December 2021, the winning book will be announced.

The first edition of the grant is a project promoted and supported by Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea del Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo.

In memory of Andy

In memory of Andy

Andy Rocchelli was an Italian photographer, member and founder of CESURA.
He worked as a photojournalist for eight years, documenting Eastern Europe, the Arab Spring in Libya and Tunisia, human rights violations in Kyrgyzstan and Ingushetia. In Italy, he worked on the phenomenon of velinism and the relationship between migrants and organized crime. At the time of his death, near the city of Sloviansk in Ukraine on May 24th 2014, he was documenting the conditions of civilians trapped in the middle of the Donbass conflict. Russian Interiors, his photography book, was published posthumously by Cesura Publish. Andy was an example of integrity and fairness: in his work he was driven by great passion and constant determination, he lived it in a physical and intuitive way.
To this day, his values are still one of the pillars of our group. He had the ability to see great potential in the small things, and to make more with less.
A fundamental step in his research was printed editorial production, a means of completing and disseminating his work. Andy was an irreplaceable firestarter, and to make sure that his values as a photographer and as a man can continue to burn, we have decided to establish a Grant in his name and to allow an author or a new talent to create a photographic book in full freedom of expression, as Andy would have wanted.

Timeline

Timeline

24th May 2021
Grant presentation and application opening

1st September 2021 23.59 UTC+1
Closing date for applications

24th September 2021
Announcement of the finalists

December 2021
Winner announcement and photo book launch

The jury

The jury

David Campany
curator, writer, and managing director of Programs at the International Center of Photography, New York

Tamara Corm
senior director at Pace gallery, London

Arianna Arcara
cofounder of CESURA, photographer and co-art director at Cesura Publish

Lucia Rocchelli
honorary jury member, architect

*a fifth judge will be announced soon

Alex Majoli
president of the jury, photographer, Magnum Photos member, cofounder of CESURA, and co-art director at Cesura Publish