Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sophie Ristelhueber wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2010

Sophie Ristelhueber (b.1949, France) has been awarded the 2010 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

For more than 25 years Ristelhueber has investigated the impact of human conflict on architecture and landscapes. Using photography and more recently moving image and sound, she records the resulting aftermath in places such as Bosnia, France, Iraq, Lebanon and Kuwait.
Often playing with an ambiguity of scale in her installations, Ristelhueber’s work confounds traditional photographic genres. She unsentimentally draws attention to the scars and traces we leave behind, addressing the essence of our human existence.

The £30,000 award was presented by the film director Terry Gilliam at a special evening ceremony on Wednesday 17 March 2010.

The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution, in exhibition or publication format, to the medium of photography over the previous year.

The three other shortlisted artists for this year's Prize were:

Anna Fox (b.1961, UK) is nominated for her exhibition Cockroach Diary & Other Stories at Ffotogallery, Cardiff (28 July – 10 October 09), initiated by Impressions Gallery, Bradford.

Zoe Leonard (b.1961, USA) is nominated for her retrospective exhibition Zoe Leonard - Photographs, at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (1 April – 5 July 09), initiated by Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Donovan Wylie (b.1971, UK) is nominated for his exhibition MAZE 2007/8 at Belfast Exposed (27 March – 1 May 2009).

This year’s Jury is: Olivia Maria Rubio (Director of Exhibitions, La Fàbrica, Spain); Gilane Tawadros (Chief Executive, Design Artists Copyright Society, curator and writer); James Welling (artist, USA); and Anne-Marie Beckmann (Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany). Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, is the non-voting Chair.

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