We ask that nominations are posted starting Monday, September 17th, with a short text and a key image....
My take on this is quite simple. It's really a question of the photographers taking something and doing something with it, as opposed to taking something and doing nothing. Or worse, thinking that they have.Then factor in authenticity and work made for the right reasons. And you have it.
Here are my choices, photographers whose practices in my view push forward.
1. Paul Graham
When I knew that Paul Graham was shooting new work in New York I couldn't imagine that anything fresh could be done in a territory that had been so raked over in the past. Graham has done it. His work, The Present appears simple and with great finesse deals with questions of awareness, impermanence and the flowing continuum of life. Graham's previous work American Night (2003) and a shimmer of possibilty (2007) were equally groundbreaking.
|Paul Graham - The Present|
2. Jason Evans
British photographer Evans is a prolific observer of the passage of everyday life. He is a brilliant exponent of what I call "stream of consciousness" photography. Pointed, profound and with an enthusiasm for looking and being. In the words of William Eggleston, he is at war with the obvious. He publishes a new photograph everyday on his blog The Daily Nice.
|Jason Evans - Todays Daily Nice|
3. Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
With a clear political agenda these London based artists continue to scrutinise the photographic medium, questioning the documentary traditions of photography, leading viewers through convoluted history lessons employing a combination of found images, rescued artifacts and a muddle of fact and fantasy. With six books to their name the expectation is to expect the unexpected.
|Broomberg and Chanarin - Afterlife 1, 2009|
4. Jens Sundheim and Bernhard Reuss
Jens and Bernhard are The Travellers. Jens Sundheim travels from webcam to webcam, so far over 10 years to 400 webcam locations in 15 countries. On location, he is photographed by the cam. Back in Germany photographer Bernhard Reuss records the image, saves the transferred data, and selected images are presented as large-format photographs. Obsessive and amazing.
|Sundheim and Reuss - New York 2002|