Kurt Tong

For his project Dear Franklin

"I was given a sealed trunk following the death of a friend’s neighbour a couple of years back. Aside from the huge archive of photographs, there were books, notebooks, documents, but most interestingly, letters addressed to a man called Franklin Lung and a few letters that he had written but never sent. Initially, I was just curious and wanted to find out who Franklin was, but the more I researched, the more fascinating his story became. It was soon obvious that telling his story would be the perfect follow-up to my previous works, combining the telling of a personal story steeped in history, but also one that deals with Asian cultural practices. So began the long journey of trying to piece together many threads of information and clues about Franklin and trying to learn about a man I had never met."



The jury of the Prix Elysée is composed of 6 members: 4 international experts from the fields of photography and publishing and 2 representatives of the Prix Elysée founding partners.

The voting jury members of the Prix Elysée 2021 are:


  • Clément Chéroux, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
  • Laurel Parker, Founder and artistic director of Laurel Parker Book, Paris
  • Carla Sozzani, Gallerist, publisher and founder of Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan
  • Michael G. Wilson, Philanthropist, producer and collector of photographs, London

Founding partners

  • Tatyana Franck, Director of Photo Elysée, Lausanne
  • Michel Parmigiani, Founder of Parmigiani Fleurier, Fleurier


The Nominees' Book 2021

Published by Photo Elysée, this book presents the nominees' projects of the fourth edition of the Prix Elysée. Alexa Brunet, the duo Arguiñe Escandón and Yann Gross, Magali Koenig, Thomas Mailaender, Moises Saman, Assaf Shoshan, Alys Tomlinson and Kurt Tong were selected by the museum from among mor...
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Kurt Tong

Following in the footsteps of a man named Franklin Lung, the book immerses the reader in the history of the Chinese diaspora, from the fall of the Middle Kingdom in 1912 until the 1950s. Through vintage images, press clippings, letters - correspondence between two fiancés - and photographs, artist K...
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