Established in 1996, The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize highlights a living photographer, from any country, which it feels has meaningfully contributed to photography in Europe with a specific body of work. Past winners include Richard Billingham, Broomberg & Chanarin, Andreas Gursky, Boris Mikhailov and Juergen Teller. The prize, seen as one of the largest art prizes in the UK, aims to stimulate public debate about the use of photography and to bring the medium to the forefront of the public eye.
Running from April 11- Jun 23 at The Photographers Gallery ,the prize seeks to honour the wide ranging use of the medium with the judges choosing this year between Alberto Garcia-Alix, Jochen Lempert, Lorna Simpson and Richard Mosse, all of which approach photography with their own signature style.
García-Alix is nominated for his publication Autorretrato/Self-Portrait which looks at the artist’s life from the end of Franco’s dictatorship of Spain in the early 1970s mid-1980s and on to the present day. Lempert, always working in black and white, uses his photography to study humans and the natural world. Simpson in contrast, links photography, text, video installations, archival material and even found objects to create a relationship between still and moving images. Finally, Mosse documents scared but beautiful landscape juxtaposed against human tragedy in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Using the invisible spectrum of infrared light, the pictures create a dazzling but complex and war ravaged landscape.
The winner of the £30,000 Prize will be announced on 12 May 2014.
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1.Richard Mosse, Madonna and Child, 2012. Courtsey of Deutsche Börse Prize 2014.