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May 2nd, 2011
From Chloe Dewe Mathews’s series “Caspian.” © Chloe Dewe Mathews
British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews was named the 2014 Robert Gardner Photography Fellow by Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the museum announced earlier this week. The documentary photography fellowship provides a stipend of $50,000 to a photographer to work anywhere in the world on a book project about “the human condition.”
During her fellowship, Mathews, who is represented by Panos Pictures, will continue her series on the Caspian region, which she began in 2010 and which included her look at an Azerbaijani city, Naftalan, famous for petroleum-based therapeutic treatments. Mathews has returned several times to the region, with trips to Russia and a burning gas crater in Darvaza, Turkmenistan.
The fellowship was established by Robert Gardner, a documentary filmmaker and author, who studied at Harvard University, and was the director of the Film Study Center there from 1957–1997.
The fellowship is judged by a committee of four, whose identities were not disclosed by the museum. The museum seeks nominations from experts around the world.
Past fellowship winners include Guy Tillim (2007), Dayanita Signh (2008), Alessandra Sanguinetti (2009), Stephen Dupont (2010), Miki Kratsman (2011) and Yto Barrada (2013).
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© Miki Kratsman, from the series "Targeted Killing."
Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology has awarded the 2011 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography to Miki Kratsman, an Argentinean-born photographer who has lived in Israel since 1971.
Kratsman, who has exhibited his work internationally and was included in the Venice Biennale in 2003, has also worked as a news photographer covering the Palestinian occupied territories for Ha’aretz newspaper since 1986.
During his fellowship, Kratsman will create a body of work that considers how Palestinians appear to outsiders. For one segment of the project, which builds on his “Targeted Killing” series, Kratsman will photograph Palestinians with a lens used by the unmanned aircraft of the Israeli Defense Forces. Photographs of shadids, or martyrs, as they are seen in posters in the occupied territories will be the basis for another segment of the project. For a third portion of the work, Kratsman will photograph articles of clothing warn by Palestinians when they were killed, a nod to Francois Aubert’s 1867 photograph of the shirt of Mexican ruler Maximilian just after he was executed.
The Robert Gardner Fellowship, named for the award-winning documentary filmmaker and author who was formerly the director of Harvard’s Film Study Center (1957–1997), funds the work of “an established practitioner of the photographic arts to create and subsequently publish through the Peabody Museum a major book of photographs on the human condition anywhere in the world.” The four previous fellows are Guy Tillim (2007), Dayanita Singh (2008), Alessandra Sanguinetti (2009), and Stephen Dupont (2010).