Luis Carlos Tovar

For his project My Father's Garden

"The starting point for this project is a photograph that reveals my father’s survival during his abduction by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) in 1980. The photograph, a Polaroid hidden among the small myths of my family history, is (an object) unknown to me. Its existence is a rumor, a depiction from my sister’s memory, the only person who has seen the image, which is jealously guarded by my father among his most hidden and personal files."



The jury of the Prix Elysée is composed of 7 members: four international experts from the fields of photography and publishing and 3 representatives of the Prix Elysée founding partners.

The voting jury members of the third Prix Elysée (2019) are:


  • Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, Founder and Director, Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
  • Yasufumi Nakamori is Senior Curator of International Art (photography) at Tate Modern, London
  • Agnès b., Fashion designer, Gallerist, Collector, Paris
  • Curt Holtz, Editor, Prestel Publishing, Munchen

Founding partners

  • Tatyana Franck, Director, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
  • Michel Parmigiani, Founder, Parmigiani Fleurier, Fleurier
  • A representative of Famille Sandoz Foundation, Lausanne

The Nominees' Book 2019

Published by Photo Elysée, this book presents the projects of the third Prix Elysée’s eight nominees. Laia Abril, Mathieu Asselin, Claude Baechtold, Alexandra Catiere, Alinka Echeverría, Gregory Halpern, Nicola Lo Calzo and Luis Carlos Tovar were selected by the museum from among almost 325 candidat...
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Luis Carlos Tovar

On 20 February 1980, Jaime Tovar was abducted by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC) and forced to wander for months through the tropical rainforest of the Colombian Amazonia. His son Luis Carlos, the author of this book, was just a f...
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