The Photography Prize Shortlist is always one to watch. Each year they call attention to the best of photography. Many times I know the photography but just as often the work is new to me. So, I get to learn about new and exciting image makers working on thought provoking art. This year is no exception and interestingly dominated by strong woman photographers. A welcome change. Take a look -
Anna Fox (b.1961, UK) is nominated for her exhibition, Cockroach Diary & Other Stories at Ffotogallery, Cardiff (28 July - 10 October 09), initiated by Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
Zoe Leonard (b.1961, USA) is nominated for her retrospective exhibition, ZOE LEONARD: Photographs, at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (1 April - 5 July 09), initiated by Fotomuseum Winterthur.
Sophie Ristelhueber (b.1949, France) is nominated for her retrospective, Sophie Ristelhueber at the Jeu de Paume, Paris (20 January - 22 March 2009).
Donovan Wylie (b.1971, UK) is nominated for his exhibition MAZE 2007/8 at Belfast Exposed (27 March - 1 May 2009).
Check out more info on this work here: Belfast Exposed: Exhibitions
The annual award of £30,000 rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution, in exhibition or publication format, to the medium of photography in Europe between 1 October 2008 and 30 September 2009.
This year's Jury is: Olivia Maria Rubio (Director of Exhibitions, La Fabrica, Spain); Gilane Tawadros (Chief Executive, Design Artists Copyright Society, curator and writer); James Welling (artist, USA); and Anne-Marie Beckmann (Curator, Art Collection Deutsche Borse, Germany). Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers' Gallery, is the non-voting Chair.