London-based photography publisher Palm* Studios has announced the 100 artists shortlisted for its 2019 Palm* Photo Prize. Selected from almost 4,000 entries, the shortlisted mages will be exhibited at theprintspace gallery in east London between 14 and 17 May as a satellite event to this year’s Photo London fair. On the opening night of the exhibition, the public are invited to vote for the photograph they think is most deserving of winning the prize. The photographer with the highest number of votes will go on to win the People’s Choice award. First and second place awards will be presented to two photographers selected by a judging panel that comprises Karen McQuaid, senior curator at The Photographers’ Gallery; Sarah Allen, assistant curator at Tate Modern; Jessica Lopez, photo editor at Polaroid Originals; and writer and curator David Campany. The open call specified no set theme and photographers were asked to submit no more than two standalone images. Photographers took part from all over the world, with images encompassing a vast array of styles and disciplines. Among …
“You should get into the habit of looking above eye-level while walking,” says American photographer Brian Kanagaki. “It’s much more beautiful than looking down at the dirty street and trash.” Golden Persimmons, shot over a period of six years, captures geometric subjects in ambiguous environments; spanning over eight countries (though predominantly New York), the brutally black and white images take inspiration from the graphic, organic shapes found in cities globally.
The project began when the design director got lost while taking a shortcut in his hometown, San Francisco. “It was funny to get lost in a city that I thought I knew so well,” he says. “I ended up driving around and finding so many new things that got my mind working.” One of which was decorative trees in people’s front gardens, the original basis for the series. But after moving to New York and spending time travelling, the idea quickly evolved to focus on tying the world together by capturing its mundane similarities.
Work by 120 young photographers from around the world is on show in London’s House of Vans from 10 May – 03 June. Selected from an open call for the Palm Photo Prize, the show features one image per photographer and, say the organisers, “places an emphasis on raw, engaging work”. The winners will be announced online on 04 June, having been picked out by a judging panel comprising: Karen McQuaid, senior curator at The Photographers Gallery; Joshua Coon, director, content marketing & production at Kodak; Jack Harries, editor at The Heavy Collective; and Andrea Aurland, editor in chief at Huck Magazine.