Poor, Larson and Shindelman Win $10K John Gutmann Photography Fellowship

Posted by on Tuesday November 29, 2016 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Volunteers Delivering X-Mas Packages to SHU 12.25.75 Mapped by Shakur Ross, 2013. Photo courtesy of John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Trust

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.

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