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Trevor Paglen wins the Deutsche Börse photography prize 2016

Paglen, the 42-year-old multimedia photographer from Maryland, US, who spends his days working as a geographer working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley, won for his work The Octopus, first shown at Frankfurter Kunstverein last summer. He sees his work as an ongoing effort “to help develop a visual and cultural vocabulary around surveillance.” The Octopus is a continuation of Paglen’s ongoing exploration into data collection, military surveillance, drone warfare and how they interlink through various, often conflicting and overlapping governmental agencies. The series shows us images of restricted military and government areas, as well as skyscapes showing the vapour trails of passing drones. The Octopus was the result of an exhaustive collaboration with scientists, astronomers and human rights activists concerned with the modern surveillance culture. The series started proper in November, 2013, when Paglen hired a helicopter to take aerial, nighttime shots of the US National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland, the National Reconnaissance Office in Virginia and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Virginia. These agencies, responsible for all national security apparatus, including the deeply controversial …


A vision of urban decay in Johannesburg wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015

Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse were awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015 at The Photographers’ Gallery this evening, Thursday 28 May 2015. The £30,000 award was presented by previous prize winners Oliver Chanarin on behalf of the artist duo Broomberg & Chanarin. Subotzky and Waterhouse won for their publication Ponte City (Steidl, 2014), which depicts a 54-floor apartment block in Johannesburg, built in 1976 for a white elite under apartheid rule. After the end of Apartheid, it became a refuge for black newcomers to the city and immigrants from all over Africa, and it came to be seen as the prime symbol of urban decay in the city – the epicentre of crime, prostitution and drug dealing. Subotzky and Waterhouse began their project in 2007 after a failed regeneration project. Working with remaining residents and using photographs, architectural plans, archival and historical material, they created an intimate social portrait of the building’s community of residents. An accompanying sequence of seventeen booklets containing essays and personal stories complete the visual and spatial narrative of this …


BJP Staff