Nigel Poor and photography collaborators Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman have each won $5,000 ($10,000 total) as part of the 2016 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship—an annual award given to emerging creative photographers. The award honors the late John Gutmann, a Bay Area photographer who captured everyday scenes of American life during the mid to late 1900’s.
Poor, a photographer and photography professor based in San Francisco, is recognized for her work documenting life inside the San Quentin prison. Her project includes making prints from the prison’s archive which she then shares with the incarcerated men who interpret and physically interact with the photographs. “The evocative results house memory, personal experience, and gives voice to an invisible population,” says curator Reagan Louie, one of the judges of the Gutmann Fellowship.
Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman‘s project, Geolocation, uses publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts. They then make photographs to mark the location in the real world. For example, they photographed sites linked to #ThanksPutinForThis in St. Petersburg and Moscow. “Innovative and resourceful, they are exploring the various ways new media, digital, social are being deployed [and] consumed,” says Louie.
Photographer Richard Misrach and Sandra Phillips, emeritus curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, served with Louie on the jury for this year’s Fellowship award.
Photographer Danielle Villasana has won numerous accolades for “A Light Inside,” her project about transgender women. They include the 2015 Inge Morath Award (see “How I Got That Grant: The $5,000 Inge Morath Award“), a 2015 Pride Photo Award, and a place on Getty’s 2015-2016 Emerging Talent roster. Here is her advice about writing successful... More ›
Girma Berta, Emmanuelle Andrianjafy, Georges Senga, Fethi Sahraoui and Lebohang Kganye are the winners of this year’s CAP Prize— the Contemporary African Photography Prize, awarded by the CAP Association. The award is given annually to five photographers whose work “engages with the African continent or its diaspora” and “encourage a rethinking of the image of... More ›
Mark Peterson has won the first Photographer of the Year award, which honors a photographer in the PDN Photo Annual who has produced an outstanding body that reflects the year in photography. Peterson won the $10,000 prize for his book Political Theatre (published by Steidl). Honored in the Photo Books category of the Photo Annual,... More ›