Introducing this year’s winning titles by Sohrab Hura, Hannah Darabi, Gao Shan and Drew Nikonowicz
The LA-based photographer was presented with the £15,000 prize at the awards ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery, London, this evening
Anton Kusters, Clare Strand, Mark Neville and Mohamed Bourouissa have been nominated for the prestigious £30,000 prize
Robert Frank, one of the most influential photographers of the mid-20th century, died on Monday 09 September 2019 in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada, aged 94
Sophie Calle, Laia Abril, Collier Schorr, and BJP editor Simon Bainbridge are among this year’s winners
The Magnum photographer has been awarded £30,000 for Mediations, the most comprehensive European retrospective of her work to date
The South African photographer’s series of self-portraits addressing race, gender, and identity has been awarded the prestigious photobook prize
Alice Mann, Hubert Crabières, Hilla Kurki and Elsa & Johanna scoop the prizes for the fashion festival’s 23rd annual awards for emerging photographers
Federico Borella has been named Photographer of the Year at the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards, winning the $25,000 prize for his series Five Degrees – a look at male suicide in the farming community of Tamil Nadu, Southern India, which is facing its worst drought in 140 years. The Italian photographer’s work takes its lead from a Berkeley University study, which found a correlation between climate change and increased suicide rates among Indian farmers, and explores the impact of both via images of the farming landscape, mementoes of the farmers, and portraits of their survivors.
“As global warming changes the face of life ever more rapidly – particularly in developing and underdeveloped nations – the work of artists such as Borella becomes ever more needed,” commented Mike Trow, chair of the professional jury. He added that this year’s submissions “provoked a lot of debate and interest amongst the jury” with works “pushing the boundaries of photography and challenging the perceptions and expectations the audience”.
The shortlists are out for the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards and the result for the photobook prize is striking: this year, all three shortlisted books are by women, with Laia Abril’s On Abortion (Dewi Lewis Publishing), Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph, and Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness by Zanele Muholi (Aperture) all making the grade.
But says chair of the Kraszna-Krausz, Brian Pomeroy, that fact shouldn’t stand out as remarkable. “We’ve had female winners before,” he says. “It just shows talent is equally distributed, and you wouldn’t expect anything else. There have been very strong female photographers since the beginning of photography, I don’t think it’s something new.”
Liz Jobey, associate editor of the FT Weekend Magazine and a member of the photobook jury along with Chrystel Lebas, photographer and Kraszna-Krausz Book Award Winner 2018, and Anne McNeill, director of the Impressions Gallery, agrees, adding that the jury wasn’t deliberately looking out for books by women. But, she says, it’s an interesting time in which photography – and society and culture more generally – is opening up to other perspectives, and that was naturally reflected in this year’s shortlist.