Cristina de Middel, Hamba, from the series The Afronauts (2012) and Jambo, from the series The Afronauts (2012), both © Cristina de Middel. Courtesy of the artist.
The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, presented by The Photographers’ Gallery, is an annual award rewarding a living photographer for a specific body of work that has significantly contributed to Photography in Europe in the past year.
The 2013 edition has shortlisted four fascinating artists: artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Mishka Henner, Chris Killip, and Cristina De Middel.
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin are nominated for their publication War Primer 2 (2012, MACK). The limited edition book physically inhabits the pages of Bertolt Brecht’s publication War Primer (1955). While Brecht matched WWII newspaper clippings with short poems to demystify press images, the artists chose to focus on the ‘War on Terror’, using screen-grabs and mobile phone images from the Internet. Through this layering of photographic history, Broomberg & Chanarin explore photographs of contemporary conflict and their dissemination.
Mishka Henner is nominated for his exhibition No Man’s Land, in which he explores the margins of European urban and rural environments with images produced using Google Street View. After searching online forums where men communicate the whereabouts of sex workers, Henner visits and records these sites using car-mounted cameras. Henner’s work poses complex questions about the blurring of boundaries between voyeurism, online information gathering and privacy rights.
Chris Killip is nominated for his exhibition What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990. Through stark black and white images Killip chronicles the disintegration of industrial Britain in working class communities in the north of England. Immersing himself in the lives of the people he documented, Killip tells personal stories of men at work set against a backdrop of socio-political turmoil.
Cristina De Middel is nominated for The Afronauts (2011, self-published). The book, featuring a series of photographs, drawings and reproductions of letters, offers a subjective version of an amusing anecdote about Zambia’s space programme in 1964, led by Edward Makuka Nkoloso, sole member of the unheard-of National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy.
The exhibition starts April 19th and the winner will be announced at a special ceremony at The Photographers’ Gallery on 10 June 2013. Past winners include John Stezaker. Paul Graham, Juergen Teller, Rineke Dijkstra and Richard Billingham.
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