Bronze / 2019 / Book / Nature

Mistral: The Legendary Wind of Provence

  • Prize
    Bronze in Book/Nature, Gold in Nature/Other
  • Company
    Rachel Cobb Photography
  • Photographer
    Rachel Cobb
  • Credit
    photos: Rachel Cobb, publisher: Damiani, book design: Yolanda Cuomo Design

Mistral is my 20-year project photographing the effects of France’s famous wind that blows as often as 200 days a year, sometimes reaching hurricane strength. My work takes place where an invisible force makes itself visible through what it touches. The mistral hones the landscape, influences the architecture and agriculture, shapes the very character of the inhabitants. It slams doors, lifts roof tiles, steals fruit from trees. No one escapes it. This is not a story about the environment; it is an investigation of how deeply we are connected to our environment and to nature’s invisible forces

Rachel Cobb began covering news 25 years ago in New York City. Since then her documentary and editorial assignment work has been published in The New York Times (daily and magazine), The New Yorker, Time, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Outside, etc... Her subjects have ranged from the evangelical movement in Guatemala to the effects of sanctions in Iraq to anti-poaching tracking efforts in South Africa to water-borne diseases in Tanzania as well as long-term personal work in far West Texas. Cobb’s first monograph Mistral: The Legendary Wind of Provence was published by Damiani in 2018.