Britain's John Stezaker beat out fellow nominees Pieter Hugo of South Africa, Rinko Kawauchi of Japan, and Christopher Williams of the U.S. to claim this prestigious award, the first by an artist who doesn't take photographs. Instead, Stezaker creates contextual collages out of movie stills, book illustrations, found photographs, and vintage postcards to magnificent effect.
The competition commemorates the work of the artists who, either through exhibition or publication, contributed to the field of photography in Europe over the course of the previous year. Each artist's nominated work is put on display in the Photographer's Gallery in London where it is judged by a panel of competition organizers. The annual winner is granted £30,000. Stezaker's exhibition at London's Whitechapel Gallery in 2011 was deemed to be deserving of such a prize. I can't find fault with the decision.
I have provided a sample of Stezaker's fascinating work below. To read more, click the link to the Photo District News article. Enjoy.
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