The response to the competition for the August Sander Award donated by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach was excellent. Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur received more than 160 national and international contributions from artists under 40 years of age, including some from America, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Iran and the UK. Following intensive discussions among the members of the jury, a short list was drawn up from the numerous entries, and one of these photographers will be awarded the prize:
Hieronymus Ahrens (Germany): “City for the Blind”, 2016-2017
Michele Borzoni (Italy): “Workers byout”, 2017
Snezhana von Büdingen (Russia/Germany): “Begegnung mit Sofie”, 2017-2018
Dan Hirsch (Israel/Germany): “My Life as a Man, since 2009
Paul Kranzler (Austria): “Syndicate 18 / Youth Portraits”, 1993-2013
Masixole Ncevu (South Africa): “Isolation”, 2017
Francesco Neri (Italy): “Farmers, 2016-2018
Nelli Palomäki (Finland): “Shared”, since 2016
“The various thematic approaches have taken up questions of current political and social topics, presented life plans and biographical episodes and explored media-reflexive fields. In addition, the great majority of the works were of excellent artistic quality”, saw the jury, comprising Dr. Anja Bartenbach (from the donor family), Gabriele Conrath-Scholl (Die Photographische Samlung/SK Stiftung Kultur), Hans Eijkelboom (artist), Prof. Dr. Ursula Frohne (University of Münster) and Dr. Gabriele Hofer-Hagenauer (Landesgalerie Linz/Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum).
April 24, 2018 we will announce the winner of the August Sander Award. The ceremony will take place September 6, 2018, in the context of the opening of the exhibition “August Sander – Master works. Photographs from People of the 20th Century” at Die Photographische Sammlung/Stiftung Kultur in Cologne.
Starting in 2018, the August Sander Award will be conferred every two years. The prize is designed to promote young, contemporary artistic approaches to objective and conceptual photography. The prize was named after August Sander (1876-1964) because Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur holds in its August Sander Archive the largest collection of original works by that artist anywhere in the world. In honor of Sander”s significant portrait photography, the photographic works submitted by the applicants should primarily revolve around the theme of portraying people.
Press images from the nominee”s series can be downloaded using the following link: http://bit.ly/2pN0Ra3