„August Sander Award“ to recognize artists aged 40 and under
A new prize for portrait photography is to be conferred every two years starting in 2018. The „August Sander Award,“ endowed with EUR5,000, has been initiated by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach in collaboration with Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany.
In addition to the prize money, the winner will have the opportunity of an exhibition of his or her works at Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, organized in collaboration with the artist.
The prize is designed to promote young, contemporary artistic approaches to objective and conceptual photography. Eligible to participate are artists working either in Germany or abroad who are aged 40 and under and whose main focus is 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.
The jury is composed of five members: a curator, an art historian from the academic field, an artist, a representative from the donator family, and a representative from Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur.
The entry deadline is 28 February 2018. The award ceremony will take place in September 2018 on the premises of Die Photographische Sammlung. Download for the complete call for entries with all competition conditions: http://bit.ly/2BiH3n6
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With its collection, the scholarly maintenance of its holdings, its research projects, and its exhibitions, all of which center around objective, documentary photography, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur contributes to a wide range of regional, national, and international artistic and cultural offerings.The institution“s collection comprises more than 30,000 works by historical and contemporary photographers of various nationalities. A significant share of these-more than 10,500 negatives and 5,500 original prints-is part of the August Sander Archive, followed by negatives and prints from important series by the artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. These two photographic stances, are since 1992 and 1996, in terms of style and content decisive for the further development of the collection.
There are two to three exhibitions a year, most of them accomponied by publications compiled at Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur. Presentations are organized that are assembled from the institution“s own collection as well as displays of works that enter into a dialogue with it. The exchange with regional, national, and international institutions plays an important role, as evidenced by numerous collaborative exhibition projects and a lively circulation of loans.
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