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Photo News – Martin Faltejsek wins first prize in The Macallan Masters of Photography The Last Word competition

First, Martin Fatejsek, Personality

© Martin Faltejsek, Personality

Martin Faltejsek from the Czech Republic has won first prize in The Macallan (single-malt whisky) Masters of Photography ‘The Last Word’ competition for his story, Personality. “’Embrace your imperfections, they make you who you are’. I profoundly stand for this. In this photo I wanted to show human/our defencelessness and how vulnerable we are. Human personality is something really strange, weird, easy-to-hurt and suggestible. I simply do not get mean people.”

Second prize goes to Jonathan Agami. The story: GENIE: “Is that the singer of that band? Or is it “Your wish is my command?..” * Ivar, the leading singer of a Swedish band.”

Second prize, Jonathan Agami, GENIE

© Jonathan Agami, GENIE

Third prize to Gabor Dvornik. The story: Life: “When you are young, you run and hustle, you dare, you get wounded and you do it again and again. If you are wise enough, you learn from your errors and will do better from day to day. Life gives this experience but is a costly thing – gives you scars and wrinkles to your face.”

Third prize Gabor Dvornik, Life

© Gabor Dvornik, Life

The global competition attracted almost 1,000 entries, over 2,500 images and 2,625 public votes. It was launched in celebration of The Macallan’s third Masters of Photography Series, collaboration with Annie Leibovitz. Celebrating Annie Leibovitz’s world famous portraits, photography aficionados were invited to upload a portrait they have taken with one word – ‘The Last Word’ – capturing the mood of their photograph. Online votes were cast to create a shortlist of 50 images. A judging panel of three then selected the winners.

Martin wins a two-night stay in Edinburgh for two, visits The Macallan, Easter Elchies House with a full distillery tour and photography-themed visit and samples a selection of The Macallan’s finest whiskies. He also receives a Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Awards & Competitions Tagged: Gabor Dvornik, Martin Faltejsek, Masters of Photography, photo competition, The Last Word, The Macallan

Photo News – Shortlist announced for Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 and new Hotshoe iPad App out now

© Chris Killip, nominee for Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013

A newsy post today as The Photographers’ Gallery announces the shortlist for the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 with an interesting mix of the old and the new, or rather, the more traditional and the contemporary. It’s great to see Chris Kilip in the mix as he surely represents a different generation of photographers from the remaining three nominees who were all born in the 1970s. In fact, I’d hazard a guess that he’s the only one who would refer to himself as a photographer rather than artist/visual artist using photography, or other such label.

© Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, nominee for Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013

The shortlist is based on “a specific body of work in an exhibition or publication format, which has significantly contributed to photography in Europe between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2012″. Mmmmm. That’s a tall order as how can one tell whether a body of work “has significantly contributed to photography in Europe between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2012″?

How is this measured and what are the criteria?

And why these cut off dates?

Doesn’t the significance of the publication, or show, need some distance in time to show what its contribution is? What if a show is “ahead of its time” and only gets recognized years later?

I’m happy to see these nominees (two, in particular), however, as I guess happens every year, I can think of one artist/show at the Imperial War Museum in London by Ori Gersht that I would have liked to have seen nominated. I wonder why it wasn’t in the running, or maybe it was?

DEUTSCHE BORSE PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE 2013 SHORTLIST
“This year’s jury selected four artists whose work represents four distinct and significant positions within contemporary photography – Chris Killip for his singular and timeless vision reinterpreting the possibilities of documentary practice; Broomberg & Chanarin for their surgical examination of images of conflict using Brecht’s War Primer as their source; Mishka Henner for appropriating the archive of Google Street View photographs to examine the landscape of today’s sex workers and Cristina De Middel’s ‘mockumentary’ on the Zambian space programme which confidently blurs the boundaries of fact and fiction in a highly original way.”
Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery and Chair of the Jury.

The four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 are Mishka Henner, Chris Killip, Cristina De Middel and the artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin.

© Mishka Henner, nominee for Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013

The annual award of £30,000 rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, for a specific body of work in an exhibition or publication format, which has significantly contributed to photography in Europe between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2012. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony at The Photographers’ Gallery in May 2013. The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013is presented by The Photographers’ Gallery, London.

© Cristina de Middel, nominee for Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013

I was going to post a multimedia video by Cristina de Middel from the recent SlideLuck London show in Brighton, see previous post, so I thought I’d add it here as she’s one of the nominees (though not for this work).

Cristina de Middel – Made in from elciclopemecanico on Vimeo.

For information on each of the nominees, read more…

HOTSHOE NEW iPAD ISSUE OUT NOW


Look out for the new issue of the Hotshoe iPad app which is out with a lead feature by a previous Deutsche Börse nominee Pieter Hugo.

Featuring: David Chancellor’s documentary project, Hunters, exploring Africa through the eyes of the tourist trophy hunter; Photojournalist Christopher Anderson comes in from the cold to create his emotive series, Son; Pieter Hugo’s haunting portraits from There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends; Cyrus Shahrad’s hilarious essay in response to Matthieu Lavanchy’s Mr Schulmann or the Man in the High Castle; Laura Noel’s Withdrawn library books and in the Hot Seat, Prestel Director, Andrew Hansen, talks about keeping the faith.

Plus reviews of Sophie Calle’s book Rachel, Monique…., WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, curated by Anne Tucker, the Canon EOS 5D, as well as A.D. Coleman’s Letter from New York: Return of the Supressed (3), a round up of the latest photo books, exhibition listings, news and more.

Exclusive App Content: Michael Jang’s Summer Weather and Roman Drits Auftakt, with added multimedia content from Andrew Hansen, plus enriched portfolios, clickable exhibition listings and much, much more.

Download the app for free and then subscribe for one year for just £9.99, and get the latest issue of Hotshoe directly to your iPad every other month.

DEUTSCHE BORSE PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE 2013 SHORTLIST Cont…
The four shortlisted artists have been nominated for the following projects:

Adam Broomberg (b. 1970, South Africa) & Oliver Chanarin (b. 1971, UK) are nominated for their publication War Primer 2 (2012, MACK). The limited edition book physically inhabits the pages of Bertolt Brecht’s publication War Primer (1955). In the original, Brecht matched WWII newspaper clippings with short poems that sought to demystify press images, which he referred to as hieroglyphics. In War Primer 2 Broomberg & Chanarin choose to focus on the ‘War on Terror’; sifting through the internet for low resolution screen-grabs and mobile phone images, the artists then combined them to resonate with Brecht’s poems. Through this layering of photographic history, Broomberg & Chanarin offer a critique of photographs of contemporary conflict and their dissemination—a theme that has been at the centre of their practice for fifteen years.

Mishka Henner (b. 1976, UK) is nominated for his exhibition No Man’s Land at Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy (20 September – 28 October 2012). In No Man’s Land Henner explores the margins of European urban and rural environments with images produced using Google Street View. Identifying geographic locations from online forums where men share information on the whereabouts of sex workers, Henner visits and records these sites using the mechanical gaze of car-mounted cameras. Henner’s work poses complex questions about the blurring of boundaries between voyeurism, online information gathering and privacy rights.

Chris Killip (b. 1946, UK) is nominated for his exhibition What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990 at Le Bal, Paris (11 May – 19 August 2012). In this series of stark black and white images Killip chronicles the disintegration of industrial Britain in working class communities in the north of England. Immersing himself in the lives of the people he documented, Killip tells personal stories of men at work set against a backdrop of socio-political upheaval.

Cristina De Middel(b. 1975, Spain) is nominated for her publication The Afronauts (2011, self-published). In 1964, after gaining independence, Zambia started a space programme led by Edward Makuka Nkoloso, sole member of the unheard of National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy. The programme, whose aim was to send the first African astronauts to Mars, was soon cancelled, becoming no more than an amusing anecdote in the country’s history. In The Afronauts De Middel creates a subjective version of the story engaging with myths and truths. The book is comprised of a series of constructed colour photographs, sequenced alongside drawings and reproductions of letters, resulting in a fictional portrait of a national dream.

The members of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 jury are: Joan Fontcuberta, artist; Andrea Holzherr, Exhibition Manager, Magnum; Karol Hordziej, Artistic Director, Krakow Photomonth; and Anne-Marie Beckmann, Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany. Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, is the non-voting Chair.

Works by the shortlisted photographers will be shown in an exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery followed by presentations at the Deutsche Börse headquarters in Frankfurt/Eschborn and at C/O Berlin, Forum for Visual Dialogues.

Filed under: Documentary photography, Photographers, Photography Awards & Competitions Tagged: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Chris Killip, Cristina De Middel, Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013, Hotshoe iPad app, Mishka Henner, Ori Gersht, photo competitions, The Photographers’ Gallery

Open Vote – The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development puts staff photo competition images to online vote

JUDGE FOR YOURSELF
If you fancy yourself as a judge and want to make a vote, follow the link to 50 photographs submitted to an annual competition arranged for staff working for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.

This is the fourth year of the internal competition and I had the pleasure to help judge the winners with photographer, author and publisher Anthony Osmond-Evans who recently published Spirit of London a coffee-table book documenting “the changing seasons, personalities and cultures” making up today’s London. The standard of entries was high and both Anthony and I found it difficult at times to choose between images.

Over 800 single images were submitted in five categories to the competition. To cast your vote, follow the link to the Facebook EBRD Peoples’ Choice page. “Photos taken by our staff capture people, landscapes and events from our region and beyond. ‘Like’ the images that impress you the most and help us select the very best of 2012″ from 50 photos.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Awards & Competitions, Photography Books, Photography Shows Tagged: Anthony Osmond-Evans, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, Miranda Gavin, photo competition, Spirit of London, staff photo competition

Photo News – John Stezaker wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012

John Stezaker (b.1949, UK) has been awarded the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize at a special ceremony in The Photographers’ Gallery on Monday 3 September 2012. The £30,000 award was presented by artist and 2003 winner of the Prize, Juergen Teller. Photos from the award ceremony to come tomorrow as I am working on the fly but wanted to post this asap. I posted on the fly while out and about on Monday evening and it was saved to drafts and not published. So here it is, a little later than planned, but heh – that’s life.

The Prize is awarded to a photographer of any nationality for their significant contribution to the medium of photography either through an exhibition or publication, in Europe between 1 October 2010 and 30 September 2011. John Stezaker won for his exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (29 January – 18 March 2011).

Stezaker’s collages examine our multifaceted relationship to the image. Through his juxtapositions of found photographs, illustrations and stills taken from books, magazines, vintage postcards and classic movies, Stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images to create new and poignant meanings. John Stezaker was chosen by jury members: François Hébel, Director, Les Rencontres d’Arles; Martin Parr, artist; Beatrix Ruf, Director/Curator, Kunsthalle Zürich; and Anne-Marie Beckmann, Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany. The other shortlisted artists for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012, each awarded £3,000, are: Pieter Hugo (b.1976, South Africa) for his publication Permanent Error, published by Prestel (Germany, 2011); Rinko Kawauchi (b.1972, Japan) for her publication Illuminance, published byEditions Xavier Barral (France, 2011); and Christopher Williams (b. 1956, USA) for his exhibition Kapitalistischer Realismus at Dům umění České Budějovice, Budweis, Czech Republic (5 May – 12 June 2011).

Filed under: Documentary photography, Photographers blogs, Photography Awards & Competitions, Uncategorized Tagged: Deutsche Borse award 2012, John Stezaker, london, Photo award, photo collage, The Photographers’ Gallery

Photo News – Portrait Salon calls for unselected photographs from entrants to this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012

PORTRAIT SALON 2012
Portrait Salon is planning its second annual ‘Salon des Refuses’ for the unselected photographs from the well-known international Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

So, if you have one, two or a few of the 5,280 unselected images from the 5,340 images received by 2,352 photographers, then you can re-submit your images to Portrait Salon via the submissions page. If you don’t feel like doing the maths, this means that 60 images are shown each year. This year, if you have a betting inclination, the odds were a 1:89 chance of getting an image shown.

“Portrait Salon is a type Salon des Refuses – an exhibition of works rejected from a juried art show – which has a long tradition as a fringe way of showcasing artists’ work that may otherwise go unseen. Devised in 2011 by James O Jenkins and Carole Evans, Portrait Salon aims to show the best of the unselected entries from the 2012 photo portrait prize.

“Portrait Salon will celebrate the best of the rejected work in the form of a projection and newspaper launch in November. In order to maintain a high standard of imagery, the projection will be curated. This year, we are delighted to have the help of Open Eye Gallery curator Karen Newman, Hat Margolies from Lucid Rep and photographer Dan Burn-Forti.”

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Awards & Competitions Tagged: Carole Evans, competition, James O Jenkins, National Portrait Gallery, Photography, Portrait Salon, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Photo News – The Photographers’ Gallery announces FreshFaced and WildEyed finalists and The World in London project

Technology is getting the better of me. Just when I thought I’d got everything under control, the trackpad on my computer decided to take a sabbatical and refused to function. Time for another service…

News from The Photographers’ Gallery about the FreshFaced and WildEyed finalists and a reminder to catch its major Olympic project The World in London. You can catch the exhibition, see images above, in Oxford Street until 30 August and/or follow this link to some of the installation shots.

The World in London website has short podcasts and written testimonials from the sitters or photographers as well as links to each of the photographers’ websites/online presence, including Melanie Stidolph who took the portrait of Mauritius-born Corina Armel.

The Photographers’ Gallery presents FreshFaced+WildEyed 2012, its annual exhibition targeted at recent graduates from BA and MA visual arts courses across the UK where photography has formed the main component of their practice. The work will be on show at The Photographers Gallery from 15-30 September.

It’s interesting that the competition is for both undergraduates and postgraduates as, in my experience, there is often quite a difference in the types of work produced. How many are postgraduates and how many are undergraduates? On a quick scan, there are five BA students and the rest are post grads.

I recognise the names of post-grad photographers Emma Critchley and David Birkin (he showed work at Hotshoe Gallery way back) as well as Chloe Sells who I selected as the winner of the Hotshoe Photofusion Award last year. Twenty-two photographers were chosen from an open submission of hundreds of applicants for a competition that “aims to draw attention to innovative new talents from a range of photographic fields”.

I’m pleased to see that more institutions and competitions are offering prizes with a longer shelf life such as year-long mentoring schemes – not just short-term cash or equipment fixes. This year there will also be an online image gallery.

The selected finalists are:
Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir incorporates found images into her interpretation of home, her country of origin – Iceland.
David Birkin combines original and appropriated images to examine the production and dissemination of war photography.
Helen Goodin and Chloe Sells apply darkroom processes to images exploring the nature of light and the creation of abstract landscapes.
Alison Bettles and SeoYeoung Won use constructed photographs and studio installations to investigate photography’s relationship with sculpture and painting.
Jonny Briggs’ staged scenes seek to recapture forgotten childhood memories and Elisavet Tamouridou attempts to retrace her family’s lost history following the 1922 Greek genocide and displacement.
Maria Gruzdeva will showcase her documentary study of the Russian Border Guard Service community while Emma Critchley’s series of underwater images address more conceptual ideas about the fragility of life.
Additional featured artists include: Brendan Baker & Daniel Evans, Anders Birger, Paula Gortázar, Gemma Marmalade, Marianne McGurk, Nadège Mériau, Vilma Pimenoff, Minna Pöllänen, Martin Seeds, Alison Stolwood and Helen Thompson.

To read more about the judges and for a full list of finalists (with their website details where possible) see over…

They were chosen by a judging panel of photography experts: Bridget Coaker, night picture editor for The Guardian and Observer and co-founder of Troika Editions; Anthony Luvera, artist; Karen Newman, Curator, Open Eye and Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery.

FreshFaced+WildEyed is dedicated to recognising and nurturing new talents and “has helped launch and establish the careers of several photographers such as James Cant, Briony Campbell, Petros Chrisostomou and Steve Schofield – all of whom have gone on to publish their work and exhibit in local and international venues. More recently a number of past participants have been commissioned by The Photographers’ Gallery to take part in its major Olympic project The World in London”.

New talents? Mmmmm – what does new mean in this context? I’m sure that being selected as a finalist for this show is helpful for a photographer’s career but it is also a numbers game as in five years over 100 finalists have been selected. It would be good to see what they are all doing now and to see how much this exposure helped in a more concrete way as there are so many claims made with little investigation into exactly how the photographers have been helped.
David Birkin (b.1977, UK) Slade School of Fine Art MA Fine Art Media www.davidbirkin.co.uk
Jonny Briggs (b.1985, UK) Royal College of Art MA Photography www.jonnybriggs.com
Emma Critchley (b.1980, UK) Royal College of Art MA Photography www.emmacritchley.com
Brendan Baker (b.1988, UK) & Daniel Evans (b. 1990, UK) University for of the Creative Arts, FarnhamBA (Hons) Photography www.daniel-evans.info
Helen Goodin (b. 1987, UK) University for the Creative Arts, Farnham MFA Photography www.helengoodinphotography.co.uk
Paula Gortázar (b.1984, Spain) University of Westminster Photographic Studies MA www.paulagortazar.com
Maria Gruzdeva (b.1989, Russia) London College of Communication MA Photography
Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir (b. 1984, Iceland) Glasgow School of Art BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography www.hallgerdur.com
Gemma Marmalade (b. 1979, UK) London College of Fashion MA Photography www.gemmamarmalade.com
Marianne McGurk (b. 1977, UK) Blackpool & the Fylde CollegeBA Photography www.mariannemcgurk.com
Nadège Mériau (b.1968, Tunisia) Royal College of Art MA Photography www.nadegemeriau.com
Vilma Pimenoff (b. 1980, Finland) London College of Communication MA Photography www.vilmapimenoff.com
Minna Pöllänen (b. 1980, Finland) London College of Communication MA photography www.minnapollanen.com
Martin Seeds (b. 1964, Northern Ireland) University of Brighton BA Photography www.martinseeds.com
Chloe Sells (b.1976, USA) Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art www.chloesells.com
Alison Stolwood (b. 1983, UK) University of Brighton MA Photography www.alisonstolwood.com
Elisavet Tamouridou (b.1980, Greece) London College of Communication MA Photography www.elizatamo.com
Helen Thompson (b. 1987, UK) University of Gloucestershire BA Photography; Editorial and Advertising www.helengraceventurathompson.com
SeoYeoung Won (b. 1981, South Korea) Slade School of Fine Art MA Fine Art Mediawww.seoyeoung.com

Filed under: Documentary photography, Photography Awards & Competitions, Photography Shows Tagged: Chloe Sells, David Birkin, Emma Critchley, FreshFaced and WildEyed, london, Melanie Stidolph, Oxford Street, photo competition, photo show, The Photographers’ Gallery, The World in London

Photo News – Norwich University of the Creative Arts student Simon Bell recognised in annual D&AD awards

Photos above and below: © Simon Bell

In June I was invited to give a talk to photo degree students, across all years, at Norwich University for the Creative Arts (NUCA), and in the afternoon, I looked at third-year students’ portfolios.

Some of the students took the initiative to speak to me afterwards and contact me by email with feedback and some questions. One of the photographic briefs given to the students was to enter the D&AD student awards with a task set by celebrity and portrait photographer Rankin, who took the black-and-white portrait of me that I use for social media purposes.

Congratulations to NUCA student Simon Bell who scooped the Best of Year Award. “This is something like a Special Commendation,” Bell says, “and is awarded to work that has taken a particular aspect of the criteria and developed it to a point of excellence making it worthy of a special mention.”

This year’s brief was “to find a way of making a 2D image appear more 3D” and to create an image that “doesn’t appear flat – which has depth, texture, life – it jumps out of the page at you”. The international competition is open to students and was judged this year by Rankin and Nadav Kander. D&AD‘s remit is “to inform, educate and inspire those who work in and around the creative industries”.

Of his working practice Bell writes: “Having had a mostly scientific and mathematical educational background, prior to university, I find my work and photographic interests centre around the themes of geometry, order and shape. These themes I translate into visual elements of pattern, line and space to create geometric and abstract images.

“Whilst maintaining these ideals within all of my work, I exploit the subject matter of my surroundings in an attempt to attribute new meaning, to otherwise dull situations.”

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Awards & Competitions Tagged: creative photography, international, Norwich, Norwich University of the Creative Arts, NUCA, photo competition, Rankin, Simon Bell

The Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery 2011 Prize – Press View

Life imitates art, more than art imitates life by Oscar Wilde

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I’ve been pondering Oscar Wilde’s quote as the world seems to fold in on itself from all quarters and have been away from the blog for a wee while. But I haven’t forgotten any of you out there who come across or read the blog regularly. Life took over from cyberspace and I’ve had to focus offline in the physical world for some time with little or no time or energy to tend and curate the blog. One day it may all become clearer, but that’s for another time.

Thanks to photographer James O Jenkins who kindly attended the press view for me and took some pix for the blog, including one of overall winner Jooney Woodward who wins £12,000 for her photo of a 13-year old with her guinea pig in the judging area at the Royal Welsh Show.

A slideshow of photos from this year’s press view for the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery 2011 Prize follows.

Click to view slideshow.

Filed under: Photographers, Photography Awards & Competitions, Photography Shows Tagged: Jmaes O Jenkins, Jooney Woodward, london, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize