Nominations for the August Sander Award 2018

Portrait Photography Prize for young talent meets with international response

Nominations for the August Sander Award 2018

The jury of the August Sander Award, Photo: Janet Sinica

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:

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.

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl
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Phone: +4922188895300

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