UK freelance shortlisted for Photography Prize

A UK freelance photographer has been shortlisted for a prestigious photography prize that will recognise the individual whose contribution to the medium in Europe has been the most significant.

In its tenth year, the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is destined for one of four finalists, whose exemplary photography between 2004 and 2005 will win them £30,000.

From the UK, artist Phil Collins hopes his work of communities in conflict, shown by photographs and video footage, will sway a panel of judges from the Arts world into bestowing him with the award.

The 36-year-old has been shortlisted for his exhibition in Milton Keynes, which showcased subjects who had been devalued, discarded or held in contempt, often in the context of conflicts such as Kosovo and Northern Ireland.

He faces off against Robert Adams and Alec Soth, from the USA, and Moroccan-born photographer Yto Barrada.

The work of Adams and Soth spotlights the vastness of America’s great outdoors and their inhabitants, conveying man’s adverse effect on the land and the poetic offerings of the Mississippi respectively.

Yto Barrada’s work explores issues of migration, diaspora, access and exclusion of individuals over the past 15 years, to create a panorama that art experts say actively challenges Western depictions.

The winner of the annual Photography Prize will be announced on March 22 and held at the Photographers Gallery in London, which is showcasing the finalists until April 23.

Brett Rogers, its director, said: 'The shortlist of candidates for the 2006 Photography Prize…reflects the current diversity of international photography in Europe.

“The work of all four photographers investigates the often complicated relationship between humans and their surroundings. Taking subjects with strong contemporary relevance, they represent some of the most interesting and challenging positions within the photographic field today.”

Axel Nawrath, managing director of Deutsche Börse Group, which is sponsoring the Prize, said the shortlist for 2006 was “impressive.”

“As title sponsors, we are proud to support the Photography Prize, which over the past ten years has recognised exceptional achievements and launched many careers,” he added.

“True to its international spirit, the exhibition of the finalists will be shown in London, Frankfurt and a third European city.”

This year’s judging panel at the prestigious ceremony comprises curators of French, German and British museums, including Emma Dexter, curator at the Tate Modern.


28th February 2006

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