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Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012

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by Naomi Achus (subscribe)
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Published August 30th 2012
A photographic escape from the bustle of Oxford Street
The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is a £30,000 award given annually to a selected photographer whose work has made a contibution to the field of photography in Europe.

Looking for an oasis from the commercial calamity of Oxford Street? Why not make a detour onto Ramillies Street and visit The Photographers' Gallery? Don't miss out on a chance to see this year's finalists for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012. A rather eclectic group have been shortlisted who couldn't be more diverse in style and subject matter. There is Rinko Kawaucho from Japan, whose work explores themes of life, death and the everyday. A distinct poetry is in every image that captures a fleeting moment that is illuminated, in the appropriately titled series Illuminance.

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Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled 2009


Distortions of found photography and other print material define the work of John Stezaker's (UK) who is also nominated for his exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery. His juxtaposed images hope to convey a new meaning as can be seen in his photographic collage titled Muse.

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John Stezaker, Muse (Film portrait collage)


Christopher Williams' (USA) series explores the impact of the Cold War on our society. He is nominated for his series Kapitalistischer Realismus. Admittedly, his style did not resonate with me as much as the other nominees as it strays from the human element and focuses more on technical apparatus.

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Christopher Wallace, Kapitalistischer Realismus Series


Conversely, my personal pick would have to be Pieter Hugo who is nominated for his publication Printed Error. His haunting images of people working to process e-waste at an industrial site on the fringes of Accra, Ghana are demonstrative of the rapid consumption of new technology. The effect is a post-apocalyptic landscape that is the everyday reality for individuals trying to survive.

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Pieter Hugo, Yakubu Al Hasan Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana


There are plenty more images in the installations which cover two floors of the gallery. If you are looking for more insight, there are talks being hosted by Deutshe Börse featuring the nominees. While the exhibition is free the talks are ticketed events and have to be booked online throug thephotographersgallery.org.uk/.

Make sure to visit before 09 September 2012 and decide on your own personal pick of who should get top honours.
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When: Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 18.00, Thursday 10.00 – 20.00, Sunday 11.30 – 18.00
Phone: 44 (0)20 7087 9300
Where: 16-18 Ramillies Street London W1F 7LW
Cost: Free
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