December 9th, 2013

Photogs Richard Mosse and Zanele Muholi Named Top “Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy

Two photographers, Richard Mosse and Zanele Muholi, made Foreign Policy (FP) magazine’s list of “The Leading Global Thinkers of 2013.” The list of 100 people Foreign Policy chose to single out in its hefty digital feature includes Edward Snowden, John Kerry, Elon Musk, The Pope, Rand Paul, scientists, innovators, politicians and artists.

FP cited Mosse for “seeing war through a new lens.” His pink-hued images of military and militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, created using now-discontinued Kodak Aerochrome film developed for the U.S. Military, have captivated audiences through their unusually esthetic interpretation of a conflict-ridden landscape and population. FP notes that Mosse’s film, “The Enclave,” “stole the show” at the 2103 Venice Biennale.

Mosse’s works “are allowing viewers to see conflict in a way they never imagined they could,” FP writes.

Zanele Muholi, a South African artist, has documented the black LGBT community in her country through striking black-and-white portraits. FP singles Muholi out “for photographing hidden lives,” and notes that her work has been widely published and exhibited, bringing much-needed awareness to the gulf between the legal rights of LGBT South Africans and their actual treatment in their communities.

FP divided their list of Global Thinkers into groups that included “Artists,” “Advocates,” “Challengers” and “Decision-Makers” among others. Mosse and Muholi are considered “Chroniclers,” people who, FP says, “[show] us novel ways of understanding the world and our place in it.”

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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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June 14th, 2011

PDN Video Pick: Richard Mosse on Shelter Life

Richard Mosse’s video about a shelter for abandoned and orphaned kids in Shawnee, Oklahoma, is one of a series of videos the photographer did around the state. The project was done for Blanket America, a business which donates a blanket to charity for each blanket it sells.

The video combines beautiful black-and-white imagery and an interview with a compelling subject.

You can see more of Mosse’s videos, and find a link where you can donate to the Hope House shelter or learn more about Blanket America on his Vimeo page.

April 8th, 2011

Photographers Win 2011 Guggenheim Fellowships

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the winners of its 2011 Guggenheim Fellowships yesterday. Eight photographers were among the roughly 80 individuals awarded fellowships in the Creative Arts:  Katherine Turczan, Karolina Karlic, Jonathan Lowenstein,  Richard Mosse, Pipo Hieu Nguyen-duy, Betsy Schneider, Penelope Umbrico and John M. Willis.

http://www.gf.org/fellows

The prestigious Fellowships, typically awarded to “midcareer” artists and scholars to allow them to pursue their work independently for a minimum of six months to a maximum of one year.  The Fellowships awarded in four categories: Creative Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science. Applicants submit examples of recent work and a statement of their plans for the period of the Fellowship.

Founded in 1922, the Fellowship program is intended to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding,” Photographers who have previously won Guggenheim Fellowships include Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Robert Adams, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Lewis Baltz. Robert Frank, Ray K. Metzker and Joel Meyerowitz.

Information on applying for Guggenheim Fellowships can be found on the Guggenheim Foundation web site.