Deutsche Börse Photography Prize
The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize aims to reward a contemporary photographer of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution (exhibition or publication) to the medium of photography in Europe in the previous year.
The Prize was originally set up in 1996 by The Photographers' Gallery in London to promote the best of contemporary photography. Deutsche Börse has sponsored the £30,000 prize since 2005. The Prize showcases new talents and highlights the best of international photography practice. It is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of photography. The Photographers’ Gallery and Deutsche Börse were shortlisted for Arts & Business International Award 2008 for their cooperation in the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013
The winner of the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize was announced on Monday 10 June 2013: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin. Other photographers, who were shortlisted for this year’s prize, were: Mishka Henner, Chris Killip and Cristina De Middel. The price is presented by The Photographers’ Gallery, London. Work by the shortlisted photographers will be shown in an exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, Summer 2013, followed by its presentations at the Deutsche Börse headquarters in Eschborn (12 September until end of October) and and at C/O Berlin, Forum for visual dialogs.
The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize candidates are nominated by the Academy, a group of more than one hundred international experts of photographic art. Each Academy member nominates one contemporary photographer of any nationality. An international jury which is newly assembled each year choses four finalists from among the nominated photographers, one of which is then determined the winner.
The members of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 jury were: Joan Fontcuberta, artist; Andrea Holzherr, Exhibition Manager, Magnum; Karol Hordziej, Artistic Director, Krakow Photomonth; and Anne-Marie Beckmann, Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany. Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, was the non-voting Chair.
The shortlisted artists
Adam Broomberg (b. 1970, South Africa) & Oliver Chanarin (b. 1971, UK) 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). In the original, Brecht matched WWII newspaper clippings with short poems that seek to demystify press images, which he referred to as hieroglyphics. In War Primer 2 Broomberg & Chanarin choose to focus on the ‘War on Terror’; sifting through the internet for low resolution screen-grabs and mobile phone images, the artists then combined them to resonate with Brecht's poems. Through this layering of photographic history, Broomberg & Chanarin offer a critique of photographs of contemporary conflict and their dissemination—a theme that has been at the centre of their practice for fifteen years.
Image: Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Plate 26, George Bush serves a Thanksgiving turkey to
Mishka Henner (b. 1976, UK) is nominated for his exhibition No Man’s Land at Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy (20 September - 28 October 2012). In No Man’s Land Henner explores the margins of European urban and rural environments with images produced using Google Street View. Identifying geographic locations from online forums where men share information on the whereabouts of sex workers, Henner visits and records these sites using the mechanical gaze of car-mounted cameras. Henner’s work poses complex questions about the blurring of boundaries between voyeurism, online information gathering and privacy rights.
Image: Mishka Hennner, SS98, Cerignola Foggia, Italy, 2012, © Mishka Henner
Chris Killip (b. 1946, UK) is nominated for his exhibition What Happened Great Britain 1970 - 1990 at Le Bal, Paris (11 May - 19 August 2012). In this series of 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 upheaval.
Image: Chris Killip, Youth on Wall, Jarrow, Tyneside, 1976, © Chris Killip
Cristina De Middel (b. 1975, Spain) is nominated for her publication The Afronauts (2011, self-published). In 1964, after gaining independence, Zambia started a space programme led by Edward Makuka Nkoloso, sole member of the unheard of National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy. The programme, whose aim was to send the first African astronauts to Mars, was soon cancelled, becoming no more than an amusing anecdote in the country’s history. In The Afronauts De Middel creates a subjective version of the story engaging with myths and truths. The book is comprised of a series of constructed colour photographs, sequenced alongside drawings and reproductions of letters, resulting in a fictional portrait of a national dream.
Image: Cristina de Middel, Jambo, from the series The Afronauts, 2012, 30 x 30 cm, © Cristina de Middel