Archive for April 4, 2009

2009 Santa Fe Prize for Photography Winner: HIROYO KANEKO

News from CENTER:

2009 Santa Fe Prize Juror Charlotte Cotton has named Japan-born, San Francisco-based photographer Hiroyo Kaneko the recipient of the Prize for the series “Sentimental Education“.   Cotton‘s statement is on the award webpage and posted at the bottom of this page.
To read an interview with the artist on photographer Sonja Thomsen’s blog, click here.

Monika Bielskyte, Paris, France; A Place to Wash the Heart

Carolyn Drake, New York, NY; Paradise Rivers

Lucas Foglia, New York, NY; Re-Wilding

Soo Kim, Los Angeles, CA: Midnight Reyjavik

Janelle Lynch, New York, NY; Los Jardines Perdidos, Mexico


Jeffrey Aaronson
Susan Anderson
Chris Anthony
Benoit Aquin
Corey Arnold
Jaime Baldridge
Jan Banning
Monika Bielskyte
Margaret Birnbaum
Carol Chase Bjerke
Nealy Blau
Jonathan Blaustein
Lydia Burkhalter
Susan Burnstine
Tom Chambers
Talia Chetrit
Piotr Chizinski
Rita Cihlar Hermann
Scott Conarroe
Kathryn Cook
Reuben Cox
Scott Dalton
John Delaney
Philip Dembinski
David DiMichele
Dornith Doherty
Beth Dow
Carolyn Drake
Rachael Dunville
Jon Edwards
Krista Elrick
Julian Faulhaber
Lola Flash
Lauren Fleishman
Jason Florio
Lucas Foglia
Martine Fougeron
Latoya Ruby Frazier
Ellen Garvens
Christoph Gielen
Irving Greines
Greg Halpern
Robert Hamada
Nathan Harger
Gayle Harper
Cig Harvey
Cornelia hediger
Jessica Ingram
Ann Johansson
Hiroyo Kaneko
Anthony S Karen
Soo Kim
Martin Klimas
John Kotlowski
Jack Kotz
Malcolm Lightner
Annie Lopez
Adriana Lopez Sanfeliu
Benjamin Lowy
Janelle Lynch
Curtis Mann
John Mann
Christopher McCall
Chris McCaw
Heather McClintock
Danielle Mericle
Graham Miller
Abelardo Morell
Annie Musselman
Eric Ogden
David Ondrik
Birthe Piontek
Victoria Sambunaris
Christina Seely
Sarah Small
Jonathan Smith
Aline Smithson
Dar Spain
Stan Strembicki
Sonja Thomsen
David Trautrimas
Joaquin Trujillo
Brian Ulrich
Ian van Coller
Joseph Vitone
Kevin Vu
Lori Waselchuk
Christian Widmer
Sarah Wilson
Betsy Winchell
Susan Worsham
Natalie Young

Juror’s Statement:

“I’ve been looking at the 120 or so entries for the Santa Fe Prize of Photography on and off for three weeks now. I’ve really enjoyed the range of work, and the sense of new agendas and definitions of photographic projects coming in to play in what feels very much like a new social era. More than any other year that I have been judging contemporary photography competitions, there’s a welcome rise in the number of nominated photographers engaging with our big social and political issues, looking out in to the world for the stories of who and what we are. It was an incredibly hard decision of both who would receive this year’s Santa Fe Prize for Photography and also which five photographers would become finalists. Because I took my time, and returned throughout the past three weeks to the photographers and bodies of work that I felt were the strongest, I hope my choices for the prize and finalists are not governed by the novelty of seeing a body of work for the first time or dependent on my mood on a particular day! Instead, I gradually selected down to the projects where I felt the photographer had meaningfully investigated their subjects, created successful and enduring balances between their concept and the real experience of their chosen subjects.

I have chosen Hiroyo Kaneko as the recipient of the Santa Fe Prize for Photography because, for me, the work and her artist’s statement really intrigued me, perhaps even confused me at first. It is often the case for me that the first time I experience an enduring photographic project, it doesn’t entirely reveal itself to me. I kept returning to Hiroyo Kaneko’s images of her family bathing in hot tubs. I had questions about the work – is the subject of Japanese bathing with its visually seductive mis-en-scene make this project inherently too beautiful? What does the range in her use of portraiture say about her subjects and relationships to them? In essence, I needed a little bit of time to become comfortable with the better than formulaic way that Hiroyo Kaneko works and to trust that the ambiguous and unexpected threads that her practice weaves are both interesting and enduring. I appreciate the subtle layers of thought and observation that underpin her practice and I really look forward to seeing how the amazing support that the Santa Fe Prize for Photography offers will impact on her photography.”

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