Reporters Without Borders publishes two books of photographs each year, one to mark World Press Freedom Day and the second on Sponsorship Day. Following last year’s issue devoted to Edouard Boubat’s work, the 2003 album highlights the photographic talent of Philip Plisson.
This marine photographer, who in 1991 acquired the illustrious title of "French Navy Painter", has devoted most of his life to studying the sea, the Navy and seafarers. Setting sail from French Brittany’s picturesque port of Trinité-sur-Mer, he usually prepares his photographic reports aboard his custom-built cruiser, Pêcheur d’Images ("Image Catcher"), or from a helicopter.
Sold to raise funds to assist imprisoned journalists, this book of photographs is Reporters Without Borders’ primary source of income and ensures its financial independence. "Philip Plisson for Press Freedom" showcases a collection of 84 photographs (144 pages), with a foreword by Jean-François Deniau of the Académie française. Its sale will allow the organisation to continue financing its day-to-day activities: providing financial aid for struggling journalists and media professionals, conducting on-the-spot investigations into the potentially abusive treatment of journalists by a particular country’s authorities, etc.
As in previous years, this album was produced by, and will be sold thanks to the concerted efforts and enthusiastic support of all members of the profession, particularly those who work with the Nuit de chine agency, Nouvelles Messageries de la Presse Parisienne (NMPP), AMP, Naville, Sgel, LMPI, Relay, the Fnac and the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency.