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New monochromes at the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

“It’s a new approach to photography!” says Tereza Zelenkova of the inaugural Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, which features three emerging photographers, all of whom shoot in black-and-white. She’s joking, but it’s striking – but what’s even more striking is how differently they’ve all used it. Zelenkova’s project, shot in her native Czech Republic, takes a sombre, somehow sinister look at the local landscape, objects and people; Joanna Piotrowska’s work, on the other hand, recreates poses from self-defence manuals in delicate, subtly modulated tones. Matthew Finn, meanwhile, shows images of his mother shot over the very long term; the most straight in style, they nonetheless convey a traumatic time marred by declining mental health. All three are UK based and within ten years of establishing their photographic careers; as well as winning a place at London’s Jerwood Space, their success in the prize meant they were awarded £5000 each to work on the projects they are exhibiting, and mentored by experts such as Alec Soth, Broomberg & Chanarin and Michael Mack. “The money was definitely really helpful, but the mentorship was just as good,” says Piotrowska. “If you don’t talk about your work it …


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