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
CONGRATULATIONS to all 2009 NOMINEES
Carol Chase Bjerke
Rita Cihlar Hermann
Latoya Ruby Frazier
Anthony S Karen
Adriana Lopez Sanfeliu
Ian van Coller
“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.”