The director of the We Folk agency on the best photographic projects and events of 2016 and 2017
Questions of truth and fiction, doubt and certainty, and the relationship between the observer and the observed are the key themes of the 2017 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. The £30,000 prize rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, for a specific body of work in an exhibition or publication format, which is felt to have significantly contributed to the medium of photography between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016. The shortlisted artists have been nominated for the following projects: Sophie Calle, born in 1953 in France, has been nominated for her publication My All which finds the artist experimenting with yet another medium – the postcard set. Taking stock of her entire œuvre, this set of postcards functions as a portfolio of Calle’s work, as well as a new investigation of it, in an appropriately nomadic format. Over the past thirty years, Sophie Calle has invited strangers to sleep in her bed, followed a man through the streets of Paris to Venice, hired a detective to spy on herself before providing a report of her day, …
The Swiss-Italian photographer Claudio Rasano has won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 for his portrait of a Johannesburg schoolboy.
The Croatian photographer Lana Mesić is the winner of the first Grolsch Unseen Residency. The residency offers a two-month scholarship in London early next year, giving Mesić the chance to create a new body of work in line with her unconventional approach to the urban creative landscape. The resulting work will be unveiled at the following edition of Unseen Photo Fair & Festival.
British Journal of Photography’s annual International Photography Award is a leading showcase for contemporary photographic talent. Simon Bainbridge, editor of The British Journal of Photography since 2003, and the original founder of the magazine’s signature award, is overseeing its 11th edition. When he sits down to judge the prize with an elite panel of industry professionals, what does he look for in a winner?
Mohau Modisakeng and Candice Breitz will represent South Africa with a major two-person exhibition in the South African Pavilion, at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, running from 13 May to 26 November 2017 in Venice, Italy.
Danila Tkachenko’s latest series is featured in Calvert 22 Foundation’s new prize, championing the people and countries of the New East.
Michael Mack, one of the judges of the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Prize, grew up in Zimbabwe and was educated in Yorkshire. He worked at the top of Steidl for seventeen years before launching his eponymous independent publishing company.
With the deadline for entering this year’s International Photography Award not too far away, BJP has called on each member of our elite judging panel and asked, what it is they are looking for in this year’s winning series
Launched in 2014, the awards are presented every two years, the awards are open to all art practitioners based in the UK and within ten years of establishing their photographic careers. Three Awards of £5000 each will be awarded to support the production of new work and a group exhibition in London as part of the Jerwood Visual Art programme at Jerwood Space with a subsequent UK tour. Alongside this, a mentoring programme will support the three artists for twelve months after selection. The confirmed mentors include photographers Rut Blees Luxemburg, Mitch Epstein, Mark Power; curator Fariba Farshad; writer and art advisor Francis Hodgson; publisher Michael Mack and gallerist Maureen Paley. The previous winners of the first Jerwood/Photoworks Awards were Joanna Piotrowska, Matthew Finn and Tereza Zelenkova, who all produced black-and-white works in distinctly diverse and radical new ways. The selection panel for this year will include Celia Davies, director of Photoworks; Sarah Williams, Jerwood Visual Arts; photographers Anna Fox and Ori Gersht; and writer and artist Mark Durden. “We’re looking for well thought-out proposals that use, …