Jonathan Torgovnik (BFA 1996 Photography) recently won the prestigious Discovery Award at the 2012 Rencontre d’Arles photography festival for Intended Consequences, his series of portraits of women who were raped during the Rwandan genocide and the children they bore as a result. The South African-based photographer spent three years in Rwanda interviewing and photographing his subjects about their experiences. The Discovery Award, which is given to a photographer the festival jury believes deserves wider international recognition, carries with it a cash prize of €25,000. According to the Guardian, Torgovnik said in his acceptance speech that he would be donating a large portion of the money to the organization he co-founded, Foundation Rwanda, which supports the women and children and raises awareness about the consequences of sexual violence through photography and film.
Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik from Intended Consequences.