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November 15th, 2013

Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award Winners Announced

An interior spread from Karma, photographs by Óscar Monzón (Dalpine, Madrid / RVB Books, Paris) © Óscar Monzón 2013

An interior spread from Karma, photographs by Óscar Monzón (Dalpine, Madrid / RVB Books, Paris) © Óscar Monzón 2013

The winners of the 2013 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards were announced this evening in Paris.

The self-published book A01 [COD.19.1.1.43] — A27 [S | COD.23] by Rosângela Rennó was named PhotoBook of the Year. The book considers the disappearance due to theft of the material in 27 archival boxes housed in the General Archive of the City of in Rio de Janeiro.

KARMA by Óscar Monzón (RVB Books, Paris / Dalpine, Madrid) is the winner of $10,000 First PhotoBook prize. KARMA is comprised of photographs of automobiles and their drivers made in Madrid between 2009 and 2013. (more…)

November 15th, 2013

Richard Mosse, Lorna Simpson on Shortlist for 2014 Deutsche Borse Prize

© Richard Mosse/Institute Artists

© Richard Mosse/Institute Artists

The four finalists for the 2014 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, which comes with a 30,000 pound (about $48,000 US) award, were announced yesterday. The prize, one of the biggest in the photography world, honors a contemporary photographer who has made a significant contribution to the medium of photography through an exhibition or publication. The shortlisted photographers will be exhibited in spring 2014 at The Photographers Gallery in London.

The four nominees on the shortlist are:

Albert Garcia-Alix (born in Spain), for his book “Autorretrato/Self-portrait,” published by La Fabrica Editorial (2013).

Jochen Lempert (born in Germany), for his eponymous exhibition “Jochen Lempert” at Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Richard Mosse (born in Ireland), for his multimedia installation “The Enclave” at Venice Biennale, Irish Pavilion.

Lorna Simpson (born in the US), for her retrospective exhibition of photography, video and text at Jeu de Paume in Paris.

The artists are nominated by a panel of over 100 “international experts of photographic art,” Deutsche Borse reports. The jurors who will select the winner are: Kate Bush, Curator; Jitka Hanzlová, Artist; Thomas Seelig, Director/Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur; and Anne-Marie Beckmann, Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany. Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, is the non-voting Chair.

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November 14th, 2013

Shortlist for $109K Prix Pictet Announced

An image from Mishka Henner's series "Beef & Oil" on the Prix Pictet website.

An image from Mishka Henner’s series “Beef & Oil” on the Prix Pictet website.

The shortlist for the fifth Prix Pictet was announced last night in Paris. Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations, will announce the winner of the CHF 100,000 (approx. $109,218 US) prize, which will be awarded to a photography project fitting the theme “consumption,” on May 21, 2014 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The 11 shortlisted photographers and projects were selected by an independent jury from a pool of more than 650 nominations.

The Shortlisted photographers are: Adam Bartos of the United States, who was nominated for his project “Yard Sale”; Motoyuki Daifu of Japan, nominated for “Family”; Rineke Dijkstra of the Netherlands, nominated for “Almerisa”; Hong Hao of China, nominated for “My Things”; Mishka Henner of Belgium, nominated for “Beef & Oil”; Juan Fernando Herrán of Colombia, nominated for “Escalas”; Boris Mikhailov of Ukraine, nominated for “Tea, Coffee & Cappuccino”; Abraham Oghobase of Nigeria, nominated for “Untitled 2012”; Michael Schmidt of Germany, nominated for “Lebensmittel”; Allan Sekula (who died in August of this year) of the United States, nominated for “Fish Story”; and Laurie Simmons of the United States, nominated for “The Love Doll.”

In addition to awarding the prize, the Pictet & Cie, the Geneva-based bank that founded the prize in 2008, will award a commission to one of the nominees to create a project in an area of the world where the Pictet Group supports a sustainability project.

Previous Prix Pictet winners include Luc Delahaye, Mitch Epstein, Benoit Aquin and Nadav Kander.

October 11th, 2013

W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant Winner Announcement: Ceremony October 16

smith-fund-grantThe W. Eugene Smith Fund will announce the winner of this year’s $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism at a ceremony on October 16 in New York City. The Fund has extended an open invitation to the public to attend the event.

The program will include presentations of photo essays by this year’s grant recipient and fellowship winners, a tribute to the work of W. Eugene Smith, an announcement of the grant finalists and the presentation  of the 2013 jurors’ discretionary grant.

Jon Lee Anderson, contributing writer to The New Yorker, and author of The Lion’s Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan, The Fall of Baghdad and other books, will give the keynote.

The ceremony takes place at 7pm (doors open at 6:00) at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York.  More details on the Smith Fund, the grants and the event can be found on the Smith Fund web site.

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September 16th, 2013

Lange-Taylor Prize of 10K Given For Photo Project On Tiny Alaska Town

The Begich Towers after midnight, Whittier, Alaska, 2012.. Photograph by Jen Kinney, winner of the 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize.

The Begich Towers after midnight, Whittier, Alaska, 2012. Nearly all of the residents of Whittier, Alaska live in the 14-story apartment building. Photograph by Jen Kinney, winner of the 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize.

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University has awarded the 2013 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize to photographer Jen Kinney for “City Under One Roof,” a project about Whittier, Alaska, a remote town of 200 people on Prince William Sound accessible only via one of the longest tunnels in the country.

Nearly all of the residents of Whittier live in a single apartment building. Kinney’s work examines “how the structures that people inhabit shape and order their lives; how, in turn, people construct, alter, and destroy spaces; and how these constant renovations to our physical world mirror changes in the stories that we tell ourselves, and how we structure our lives to these stories,” a statement from the CDS said.

The Lange-Taylor Prize Committee also awarded a “special recognition” to Bianca Giaever for her innovative approach to using images and words to tell personal, philosophical stories. Her video “Holy Cow Lisa,” which she submitted as part of her proposal, can be seen on Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/54700919

The Lange-Taylor prize is named in honor of the collaboration between photographer Dorothea Lange and writer Paul Taylor, and it seeks to encourage similar collaboration in the field of documentary storytelling.

The finalists for the 2013 Lange-Taylor Prize were Christopher Capozziello, Vincent Cianni, Maja Daniels, Matt Eich and Kate Linthicum, Margot Herster, Simon Hipkins and Agata Skowronek, Brenda Kenneally, Tom King, Gillian Laub, Sara Lewkowicz, Justin Maxon, Alec Soth and Brad Zellar, and Will Steacy.

Related: Lange-Taylor Documentary Prize Suspended for 2011

September 10th, 2013

Aftermath Project Accepting Applications for $20K Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Aftermath Project Grant, an award of $20,000 that will be given to a photographer working on a project that explores the aftermath of violent conflict. The 2014 Aftermath Project Grant is supported by the Foundation to Promote Open Society.

Photojournalist Sara Terry founded the non-profit grant-making organization The Aftermath Project in 2003 with the belief that quiet stories of people rebuilding their lives after war or other conflicts have a vital role to play in how the international community understands the effects of armed conflicts on populations.

The deadline for applications is November 11, 2013, with the winner to be announced in mid-December. In addition to the grant, The Aftermath Project will also recognize four finalists, and their work will be published alongside the winners in a book, War is Only Half the Story: Vol 8.

Recent Aftermath Project grant-winners include Stanley Greene, Andrew Lichtenstein and Davide Monteleone.

For more information and to submit an application, visit: http://theaftermathproject.org/2014-Application

Related: Anatomy of a Successful Grant Application (about Lichtenstein’s Aftermath Project Grant application)
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$20,000 Aftermath Project Grant for 2012 Awarded to Andrew Lichtenstein

September 9th, 2013

World Press and Human Rights Watch Seek Applications for $26K Hetherington Grant

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch announced today that the 2013 Tim Hetherington Grant, worth € 20,000 (approximately $26,500) is open for applications. Photojournalists working on projects with human rights themes can apply for the grant, which was established to honor the late Tim Hetherington, a photojournalist killed in a mortar attack in Libya in 2011. Applications will be accepted through October 17. The winner will be announced on November 11.

This is the third year the grant will be awarded. Previous winners include Stephen Ferry (2011) and Fernando Moleres (2012).

For more information see the press release below, or visit the World Press Photo website here: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/tim-hetherington-grant

Related: Photographer Fernando Moleres Wins 2012 Tim Hetherington Grant
Photographer Stephen Ferry Awarded First Tim Hetherington Grant

PRESS RELEASE

Amsterdam, 9 September 2013

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: TIM HETHERINGTON GRANT

World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch invite photojournalists and visual journalists around the world to apply for the third annual Tim Hetherington Grant. The grant is intended to support a photographer in completing an existing project on a human rights theme. The deadline for submissions is 17 October, and the name of the recipient of the grant will be announced on 11 November.

Managing director Michiel Munneke says: “The grant was established to celebrate Tim Hetherington’s commitment to innovative and compelling storytelling. We’re pleased that the grant has already enabled two photojournalists to take their projects to the next stage and to reach a worldwide audience. With the support of the Tim Hetherington Grant Stephen Ferry (2011) and Fernando Moleres (2012) were able to approach audiences on multiple platforms, books, booklets, newspapers, websites and exhibitions.” (more…)

July 12th, 2013

Camilo Jose Vergara Is First Photographer to Win National Medal of Humanities

© Univ. of Chicago Press/photo by Camilo Jose Vergara

© Univ. of Chicago Press/photo by Camilo Jose Vergara

Sociologist, writer and documentary photographer Camilo José Vergara is the first photographer to win a National Medal of Humanities. On July 10, President Obama awarded 24 National Medals of Arts & Humanities for 2012– Vergara included for his “stark visual representation of American cities” over the past four decades.

The National Medal of Humanities recognizes those who have contributed to the field of American humanities. As President Obama explained at the awards ceremony, the works of the medal recipients “nourish the mind and soul” and challenge us to examine ourselves and our world.

After graduating from Notre Dame and Columbia in sociology, Chilean-born Vergara set out to capture America’s urban communities and ghettoes from New York City to Detroit to East Los Angeles. To capture the effects of time on inner cities, Vergara serially photographs places from the same spot. He even uses the same camera and lens to paint more accurately how urban places have changed over the years.

These time-lapse and other photographs cover America’s poorer neighborhoods like the South Bronx, Newark and Detroit. Vergara writes in a Time LightBox article that he “see[s] photography as a medium that spurs continuous inquiry and thus leads to greater understanding of the spirit of a place.”

His first book, The New American Ghetto (1995), explores the despairing transformations of diverse metropolises. His latest book, Harlem: the Unmaking of a Ghetto (October 31, 2013) is a 43-year culmination of photographing the neighborhood during racial desegregation/integration, ghettoization and ongoing gentrification.

His work has been shown at institutions such as the National Building Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, New York and Chicago Historical Societies and J. Paul Getty Museum. In 2002, Vergara won a MacArthur fellowship.

June 24th, 2013

Aaron Siskind Foundation Announces 6 Winners of 2013 Grants

The Aaron Siskind Foundation has announced the winners of its 2013 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (IPF) grants. The six recipients are documentary photographer Michelle Frankfurter of Takoma Park, Maryland; portrait photographer Wayne Lawrence of Brooklyn, New York; conceptual photographer Joshua Lutz of Katonah, New York; documentary photographer Justin Maxon of Eureka, California; fine-art photographer Jenny Riffle of Seattle; and fine-art photographer Sasha Rudensky of New Haven, Connecticut. The LightBox blog, which posted an interview with Foundation President Charles Traub today, noted that each photographer won an $8,000 prize.

The judges for this year’s competition were TIME Senior Photo Editor Natalie Matutschovsky, photographer Andrew Moore and curator Tim Wride.

The IPF program was started in 1991, the same year that the Foundation was created, in keeping with photographer Aaron Siskind’s request that upon his death his estate be used to support and inspire contemporary photography. The grants are open to photographers of all levels who reside in the U.S. and are 21 years of age or older, as long as their work is “based on the idea of the lens-based image,” according to the Foundation’s website. Awards of up to $10,000 have been given every year since the IPF’s inception—with the exception of 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006. Past recipients have included Gregory Crewdson, Matt Eich, Lisa Elmaleh, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Jude, Deana Lawson, Simone Lueck and Lori Waselchuk.

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June 5th, 2013

Events, Awards and Other Photo Happenings

Events

Tonight at the New York Public Library, photography educator and historian Deborah Willis will discuss Leonard Freed‘s photographs of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Joining Willis on the panel will be photographers Eli Reed and Jamel Shabazz, scholar Paul M. Farber, writer Michael Eric Dyson, and Freed’s widow, Brigitte Freed. The event begins at 6pm.

The Chris Hondros Fund, which supports photojournalism with fellowships and other programs, is holding a benefit online print auction through June 7. Work by Slim Aarons, James Balog, Al Bello, Andrea Bruce, Robert Capa, Ernst Haas, Michael Kamber, Ed Ou, Joao Silva and many other photographers is for sale.

Free seminars at Review Santa Fe start this Friday with “The Business of Photography.” On Saturday a panel of photographers will discuss “New Methods For Engaging Audiences,” and on Sunday Guggenheim Fellow John Gossage will lecture on “Contemporary Photographic Practice.” For more public events check out the Review Santa Fe event schedule.

Italian photographic education organization Cesura is running a travel workshop in Cairo in November. Led by Gabriele Micalizzi, who covered the Egyptian revolution, workshop participants will also have the option of a two-day supplemental workshop with photographer Moises Saman.

Awards

Kevin Miller received The New Orleans Photo Alliance‘s 2013 Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography Grant for his project on the Panama Canal expansion. (more…)