It’s only been a couple of months since the winner of this year’s DB Photography Prize was announced (John Stezaker) and barely 4 months since we got to review this year’s shortlist exhibition and today we already know the name of the 3 shortlisted candidates for next year’s edition!
The 2013 exhibition won’t happen until next April but at least we know that one of the following will be a happy 2013 winner: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Mishka Henner, Chris Killip and Cristina De Middel.
Adam & Oliver are nominated for their publication War Primer 2 (2012, MACK), a book inspird by the pages of Bertolt Brecht’s publication War Primer (1955). In the original, Brecht matched WWII newspaper clippings with short poems…. in War Primer 2 Broomberg & Chanarin choose to focus on the ‘War on Terror’; sifting through the internet for low resolution screen-grabs and mobile phone images, the artists then combined them to resonate with Brecht’s poems.
Spanish Cristina (based in London) has been working for newspapers in Spain and with NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders and the Spanish Red Cross for almost eight years. Her works combine strictly documentary assignments with more personal projects playing with reconstructions or archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction… and she’s been nominated for her self-publication “The Afronauts“.
Then there’s multi-awarded photographer Chris Killip and his works of North East England who is nominated for his last summer exhibition What Happened Great Britain 1970 – 1990 at Parisian Le Bal.
And last but not least we get Mishka Henner who has been described as a trailblazer amongst a new generation of artists redefining the role of photography in the internet age. She is nominated for his exhibition No Man’s Land at Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma which just closed last month.