Alex Prager for The New York Times Magazine
The National Magazine Awards selected some stunning photography at their awards ceremony
Alex Prager won the Feature Photography prize for images created for a New York Times Magazine article, Vamps, Crooks & Killers, shown above
Photographer Richard Ross won the News and Documentary Photography prize at the National Magazine Awards. Harper’s write of the nominated photographer that he has interviewed and photographed over 1,000 juvenile detainees in the last five years. Some only 8 years old. “In a country that incarcerates one out of every hundred adults,” notes Ross, “the juveniles have the least voice and are the smallest victims of a system under stress.”
Over the past five years, Richard Ross has interviewed and photographed more than 1,000 juvenile detainees, some as young as eight years old, in more than 350 detention facilities in thirty states. Like their adult counterparts, many of these prisons are crowded and in poor condition, even though states tend to spend more money housing juvenile offenders than they do educating them before or after incarceration. “In a country that incarcerates one out of every hundred adults,” notes Ross, “the juveniles have the least voice and are the smallest victims of a system under stress.” His photographs bear out this statement to disquieting effect: they are bleak, dramatic, and terribly (almost toxically) sad.
And Vogue magazine won for overall excellence in magazine photography. The Lady Gaga cover below is by Mario Testino