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Photographer nominated for Turner Prize 2016 shortlist

Josephine Pryde on display © the artist

The British photographer Josephine Pryde has been nominated for the coveted Turner Prize 2016 for for her solo exhibition 'lapses in Thinking By the person i Am' at the city's CCA Wattis gallery.

Pryde, who was born and raised in London, is now the Professor of Contemporary Photography at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany. She is represented by London’s Simon Lee Gallery.

She is one of the first artists working primarily in stills photography to be nominated for the prestigious prize, one of the most coveted in the British arts landscape.

The Turner Prize returns to Tate Britain with an exhibition of work by the four shortlisted artists opening on 27 September.

The winner will be announced in December at an awards ceremony live on the BBC, the new broadcast partner for the prize.

The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist of under fifty years old who has demonstrated an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding April this year.

Pryde is up against sculptors Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton and Helen Marten, each of whom have a divergently varied approached to their medium.

Pryde has arguably gained more of a profile for her work in America than in her native UK. The exhibition in question was in San Francisco’s CCA Wattis gallery, while her work is held in public collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Talking to Moma, Pryde said of her work: “I’m interested in working with photography in a way that can look at the all different kinds of things that can be photographs. And how what we see can influence the way we think.

“Photography is a way of enabling us to see things in a way that the naked eye cannot, and that’s an idea that’s accompanied me through a lot of work, because it can be a starting point to trying out all kinds of things that explore the question of what it is we’re not seeing.”

Through photography and installation, Pryde “explores the very nature of image making and display,” the Turner Prize said in a statement.

“She is fascinated by the relationship between art and photography, and by how commodities appear in different images and contexts. Her installations often include sculptural elements which highlight the context in which the work is displayed, placing as much importance on the staging of the work as the images themselves.”

An exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for Turner Prize 2016 will be at Tate Britain from 27 September 2016 until 8 January 2017. Turner Prize 2017 will be presented at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

The members of the Turner Prize 2016 jury are Michelle Cotton, Director, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Tamsin Dillon, Curator; Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield. The jury is chaired by Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain.