Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 at the Photographer’s Gallery

With spring coming, prizes seem to flourish everywhere. The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize chose the intimate space of the Photographers’ Gallery in London to showcase its four shortlisted artists.  This year’s selection presents a vast and eclectic panorama of contemporary practices in Europe. While Richard Mosse reflects on the genre of war photography, Lorna Simpson is more concerned with the concept of performance. As for Jochen Lempert, she seems to follow a more experimental and abstract path. Lastly, Alberto Garcia-Alix shares with us an important photographic diary of his life over four decades.

Alberto Garcia-Alix

(b. 1956, Spain)

Alberto Garcia-Alix, Self portrait inbiker, 1986
Alberto Garcia-Alix, Self portrait inbiker, 1986

“Being a rocker influenced my personal style and attitude and, as far as photography goes, my choice of subject. (…)I like the poetry and expressivenenss of black and white” (From Whitewall Magazine)

 Lorna Simpson

(b. 1960, USA)

Lorna Simpson, Summer 57 Summer 09, 2009
Lorna Simpson, Summer 57 Summer 09, 2009

“When I was growing up in photography, photography departments and their views of photography were very narrow. Photography was something that went in a frame, was kept to a certain scale, and didn’t have text or any other element.  (…) That said, my practice as an artist does not work out of a single viewpoint of photographic practice. I experiment with many different mediums for the sake of coming to experience different processes. Conceptually, I enjoy working in different mediums—outside my comfort zone and range of experience—and how that exploration expands the content of my work.” (interview from Aperture Gallery)

Visit the artist’s website to see more artworks and watch her interview on the Tate website.

Jochen Lempert

(b. 1958, Germany)

Jochen Lempert, Untitled (four swans), 2006
Jochen Lempert, Untitled (four swans), 2006

“The way the photographs are dispersed in the space is quite an important aspect of my work – the final arrangement develops in the architecture of the exhibition space. (…) There are drawings of how the fly observes the world by the biologist Jakob von Uexkuell which my photographs remind me of. They are a lot about how we see and perceive the world.” (Watch his interview on Vimeo)

View the artist’s page on Projectesd.

And the winner is:

Richard Mosse

(b. 1980, Ireland)

Richard Mosse, General Février, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010
Richard Mosse, General Février, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010

“I wanted to export this technology to a harder situation, to up-end the generic conventions of calcified mass-media narratives and challenge the way we’re allowed to represent this forgotten conflict… I wanted to confront this military reconnaissance technology, to use it reflexively in order to question the ways in which war photography is constructed.” (Quote from the Jack Shainman Gallery website)

Visit the artist’s website.

Visit the Photographers’ Gallery website for more information.

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