Creative Non-Fiction - Shortlisted 2017
Olivier Kugler’s career as a reportage illustrator can be traced back to a copy of the Tintin story, Prisoners of the Sun that his mother gave him as a child, a book that made him curious about the world and inspired him to create his own comic-book stories.
Kugler truly found his medium during his time in New York when he was drawing an abandoned car wreck when a man - Alberto - climbed out of it - revealing that it was his home. Kugler drew Alberto as he told his story, adding notes to the sketches to create the image/text blend that has comprised his work ever since.
Kugler has travelled widely: in 2012 Oxfam sent him to Burkina Faso to report on the food crisis in the Sahel and the resulting work was published in The Guardian and the Italian Internazionale magazine. From 2009-2010 he created ‘Tea In Iran’, drawings and texts documenting the daily life of a trucker he met in Iran. It was published in the French magazine XXI and was the overall winner of the V&A Illustration Award (2011).