Mishka Henner, Chris Killip, Cristina De Middel and the artist duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chapman are the four nominees for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013.
Founded in 1966 by The Photographer’s Gallery, the Prize has evolved into one of the most prestigious art awards in the world and is responsible for launching the careers of many photographers since its inception. These include Paul Graham, Juergen Teller, Rineke Dijkstra and Richard Billingham.
Brett Rogers, director of The Photographer’s Gallery said:
“This year’s jury selected four artists whose work represents four distinct and significant positions within contemporary photography…Chris Killip for his singular and timeless vision reinterpreting the possibilities of documentary practice; Broomberg & Chanarin for their surgical examination of images of conflict using Brecht’s War Primer as their source; Mishka Henner for appropriating the archive of Google Street View photographs to examine the landscape of today’s sex workers; and Cristina De Middel’s mockumentary on the Zambian space programme, which confidently blurs the boundaries of fact and fiction in a highly original way.”
War Primer 2
Shortlised for their publication War Primer 2 (MACK 2012) is Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. The book physically inhabits the pages of Bertolt Brecht’s book War Primer (1955). In Brecht’s original, he paired WWII newspaper clippings with poems, seeking to demystify the press images. In War Primer 2, Chanarin and Broomberg focus their eyes on the ‘War on Terror’; they scoured the internet for mobile phone images and low resolution screen grabs, matching them with Brecht’s poems to offer a critique of the capture and dissemination of modern conflict imagery.
Both living and working in London, the pair have had many international exhibitions together at institutions such as The Gwagnju Biennale, the Stedelijk Museum, the International Centre of Photography and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. They teach at the Zurich University of the Arts and are both Visiting Fellows at the University of the Arts London.
No Man’s Land
Mischa Henner has been nominated for his exhibition No Man’s Land, a series of images in which he explores the margins of urban and rural environments in Europe using Google Street View. Henner discovered the locations of his images through internet chat rooms in which men share the information on the whereabouts of sex workers. Henner then ‘visits’ and captures these locations using Google Street view. This thought-provoking work asks bold questions about the blurring of boundaries between privacy, voyeurism and online information.
Born in Belgium, Henner has lived in Manchester, UK since 1984. He has displayed works in the Tate collection, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990
The third work selected for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is Chris Killip’s exhibition What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990. Killip’s images visualise the decline and collapse of industrial Britain in working class communities in the North of England. In an ethnographical style, Killip narrates the stories of working men, set against the backdrop of major social, economic and political unrest.
Originally from the Isle of Man, Killip has been a successful photographer since the 1960s. His work is featured in the permanent collections of major institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; George Eastman House; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; Museum Folkwang, Essen; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
The final nomination for the prize is Cristina De Middel’s The Afronauts. In 1964, after gaining political independence, Zambia began a space programme with a view to send the first African to Mars. The project was soon cancelled and shortly after became an amusing anecdote of the country’s history. Middel creates a fictional portrait of a national dream by combining photographs, drawing and reproduced letters.
The winner, who will receive a £30,000 prize will be announced at The Photographer’s Gallery on the 10th June 2013.