Photographers An-My Lê and Uta Barth are among the 23 artists, scientists, social scientists and scholars named MacArthur Fellows for 2012. Commonly called the “genius” grant, the fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation awards $500,000 over the course of five years to people who have made outstanding achievements in their field. There is no application process, nominations are secret, and recipients can do as they please with the “unrestricted” grant.
Lê, 52, who was born in Saigon and now teaches at Bard College, is best known for her series “Small Wars,” about amateur battle reenactments and simulated battles used to train soldiers.
Conceptual photographer Uta Barth, 54, creates atmospheric images that use blur and light to explore perception. Last year the Art Institute of Chicago exhibited her latest series, titled “…and to draw a bright white line with light.”
Photographers who have won past MacArthur Fellowships include Robert Adams (1994), Susan Meiselas (1992), Faizal Sheikh (2005) and Lynsey Addario (2009).
Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx has won $25,000 as the prize for the Photographer of the Year nomination in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. Buyckx was also the first place winner in the Landscape category, one of the ten professional categories in the competition. According to the World Photography Organization, 127,098 entries were received in the Professional category. Buyckx, a freelance photographer,... More ›
Stephanie Sinclair, a National Geographic photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has won the $20,000 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). The prize, made possible by the Howard G. Buffet foundation, will be used to support Sinclair’s ongoing work, which includes projects focused on human rights and gender issues around the... More ›
New York-based photographer Sarah Blesener has won the $20,000 Professional Grant from the Alexia Foundation for her series “Toy Soldiers,“ which documents youth patriotic clubs, education and summer camps in Russia. Blesener, a recent graduate of the International Center of Photography and recipient of the Alexia Student Award in 2016, will use the funds to photograph rising... More ›