Brian Steptoe FRPS is a founder member of the RPS Contemporary Group, set up in 1989. He is a previous chair of that RPS Distinctions Panel and a Fenton Medallist. Brian’s particular interest for the past 20 years is the world of the photobook, of which he is a modest collector.
He maintains contacts with established photographers outside the Society and follows BA and MA degree shows. His personal work is based on long-term projects. He subscribes to BJP, Source, Aperture and Foam magazines. He has commercially published his own photographically illustrated books under the imprint Jumper Books.
Brian’s vintage carousel photos were exhibited in Blackpool Pleasure Beach and De Efteling, The Netherlands in The Year of the Carousel 2000.
Nominee Website: http://photoville.com/life-after-life-prison-bedroom-project/
Reason for Nomination: US photographer Sara Bennett has been a public defender specializing in battered women and the wrongly convicted. For the past four years, she has been photographing formerly incarcerated women in their bedrooms. All were convicted of serious crimes, mostly homicide, and spent 14 to 35 years in a maximum-security prison. By the time they came up for parole, they were all profoundly changed, yet most of them were repeatedly denied release because of the crimes they had committed decades earlier. See http://photoville.com/life-after-life-prison-bedroom-project/
Nominee Website: www.malgorzatastankiewicz.com
Reason for Nomination: Margo is a Polish photographer. Nominated for her project and book ‘Cry of an Echo’, winner of the Unseen Book Dummy Award in 2017. See http://www.malgorzatastankiewicz.com/index.php/works/cry-of-an-echo/
Nominee Website: www.jessicasample.com
Reason for Nomination: Jessica Sample is currently based in Los Angeles. She is a travel photographer. Her work appears in many magazines. She is the curator of Wanderlust: A Silent Auction Benefit that auctions travel photography prints to raise money for environmental charities. For examples of her work, see https://www.jessicasample.com/Portfolios/Overview/1/thumbs
Nominee Website: wendymcmurdo.com/photography/
Reason for Nomination: The rapid proliferation of computers in schools provided the context for the development of Wendy McMurdo’s body of work that looks directly at the influence of computers on early years education. Some of her work was exhibited in Feb 2018 on the media wall at the Photographer’s Gallery, London and an interview on this can be seen here: https://unthinking.photography/themes/interviews/interview-with-wendy-mcmurdo
Nominee Website: www.taslimaakhter.com
Reason for Nomination: Taslima Akhter turned to documentary photography after many years as an activist with workers’ and women’s rights organizations, with whom she continues to work. Read this interview she had with Karen Knoor – https://globalarchivephotography.com/project/the-life-struggle-of-garment-workers/#project-interview. See some of her work at https://www.taslimaakhter.com/garment_workers_life_struggle/
Reason for Nomination: Alessandra is a Member of Magnum. See the website for her work, including this story ‘On the Sixth Day’, from Argentina, as at http://pro.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL53X_A#/CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL53X_A&POPUPIID=2K7O3RHJA6T0&POPUPPN=1
Karen Miranda Rivandeneira
Nominee Website: karenmiranda.com/
Reason for Nomination: ‘Other Stories’ is Ecuadorian-American photographer Karen Miranda Rivadeneira’s first monograph. It focuses on her relationships with the women in her extended family, especially her mother and grandmother. The resulting images of tenderness and dignity incorporate symbols and visual elements that hint at Rivadeneira’s Ecuadorian heritage. ‘Other Stories’ threads personal and collective narratives that are centered in identity, intimacy, memory, and indigenous knowledge. See description at https://shop.autograph-abp.co.uk/books/other-stories
Nominee Website: www.sharoncore.net
Reason for Nomination: Sharon Core is an American artist and photographer whose work uses art-historical conventions of landscape, portraiture and still life to explore questions of collective memory, the nature of authenticity and authorship, and the interplay between photographic truth and illusion. See her series ‘Understory’ as an example, at http://www.sharoncore.net/understory
Nominee Website: www.collettefournierphotography.com
Reason for Nomination: Collette Fournier has amassed an impressive portfolio of visual images. Her photographs explore the complexities of color, light, and tonal values. Her “eye” and mind understands the complexities inherent in what she is photographing and Fournier is able to capture the subtle essence of her subject matter. Her work captivates and leaves a haunting impression with the viewer that prompts the observer to take a second look. For example, see her series on Hurricane Katrina here https://www.collettefournierphotography.com/katrina-2007.html
Nominee Website: http://maggietaylor.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her many imaginative photographic series of creations. As an example here is ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.http://maggietaylor.com/work/alices-adventures-in-wonderland/
Nominee Website: www.kainazamaria.com
Reason for Nomination: Kainaz has a B. A. in international relations and political science from Boston University and an M.A. in photography from the School of Visual Communication, Ohio University. In 2010 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Mumbai, India. See her website for various projects, including this one on coal mining in the North West Appalachian coal belt. http://www.kainazamaria.com/index.php?/photography/above-and-below/
Nominee Website: www.marciamichael.co.uk
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her work ‘The Object of My Gaze’, currently on exhibition in Braga – (Images in Encontros Da Imagem, Braga Sept 21st – Oct 28th). This work aims to demonstrate that the black maternal body is in a unique position to counter the histories of her silenced ancestry. Presenting her mother’s body as the living archive, her self-image neglected the patriarchal gaze that was synonymous with the black female body.
Nominee Website: www.emilyallchurch.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her photography and digital reconstructions of Old Master paintings and prints to create contemporary narratives. Hundreds of photographs are selected and meticulously spliced together to create a seamless new ‘fictional’ space. The resulting photographic collages have a resonance with place, history and culture, and deal with the passage of time and the changes to a landscape, fusing contemporary life with a sense of history. For example, see her ‘Towers of Babel’ series at http://www.emilyallchurch.com/gallery/babel-towers/
Nominee Website: meghannriepenhoff.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her series ‘Imprint’, a collection of camera-less cyanotypes, in recognition of the historic original by Anna Atkins. Included are pieces from interrelated bodies of work, all created outdoors and centered on the human relationship with the natural and built environment. She is a holder of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship. See https://mailchi.mp/6ffba23c8f0c/meghann-riepenhoff-imprint-feb-15-march-31-2018?e=%5BUNIQID%5D
Nominee Website: www.christianepeschek.com
Reason for Nomination: Christiane Peschek is based in Vienna. Her work is guided by the failure of the perfect photographic picture and the exploration of visual reality. Partly biographical, partly as an observer from the outside she searches for the codes and roles of (visual) intimacy. An example is her project ‘Velvet Fields’, which deals with the increasing virtualisation of human behaviour and its relation to elusive and amorphous virtual clouds. The exhibition project is based on the idea of an alienated human intimacy and the construction of the perfect romantic image. See http://www.christianepeschek.com/index.php/project/velvet-fields/
Nominee Website: www.biekedepoorter.com
Reason for Nomination: Bieke Depoorter is a Belgian photographer and a member of Magnum since 2016. For her ‘Ou Menya’ series, she travelled for three months in Russia, to remote villages, guided by the Trans-Siberian Railway. This work won her several awards, including the Magnum Expression Award in 2009. Her book on this series ‘Ou Menya’, was published in 2011. Bieke Depoorter travelled to Egypt regularly since the beginning of the revolution in 2011, making intimate pictures of Egyptian families in their homes. In 2017, she revisited the country with the first draft of this book, inviting those who appear in the images, as well as others, to write comments directly onto the photographs. See http://biekedepoorter.com/bookshop/product/as-it-may-be/
Reason for Nomination: Sarah Maple is an award winning visual artist known for her bold, mischievous and occasionally controversial artworks that challenge notions of identity, religion and the status quo. Examples are her series on Brexit, http://www.sarahmaple.com/paintings-2/#/brexit/ and on Disney Princesses, http://www.sarahmaple.com/paintings-2/#/new-gallery-4/
Nominee Website: https://www.maryfrey.com
Reason for Nomination: Mary Frey is a photographer who currently lives and works in Massachusetts. Her project ‘Real Life Dramas 1984-87’ with photographs which appear to be documentary, but which were entirely preconceived and set-up. Their appearance is meant to hover somewhere between reality and soap opera in order to question the “truth” of the camera’s vision. See https://www.maryfrey.com/real-life-dramas. See her website for other work, including a book of her early images, ‘Reading Raymond Carver’, published by Peperoni Books, in 2017.
Nominee Website: pixyliao.com
Reason for Nomination: Pixy Liao is from Shanghai. She was studying at the University of Memphis when she met her Japanese boyfriend. They now live in New York. Her photographs feature the two of them, often in intimate posed situations. A talk by her about her work can be seen at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VEdW9PhMqYw. This work has also been published in a book entitled ‘Experimental Relationship Vol.1 2007 – 2017’.
Nominee Website: https://www.lensculture.com/tabitha-barnard
Reason for Nomination: Tabitha Barnard was born in Freedom, New Hampshire, in 1994. Growing up in a very Christian female-dominated family has had a major influence on her work. See for example her project on LensCulture ‘Cult of Womanhood’ https://www.lensculture.com/tabitha-barnard?modal=project-702573
Nominee Website: http://www.joygregory.co.uk
Reason for Nomination: I am selecting two projects from Joy Gregory’s work on her website, as I recall she showed these at a Contemporary Group conference a few years ago. ‘Objects Of Beauty 1992-5’, About images showing the power of a pair of hairdresser’s scissors, or the bewitching effect of a set of dark false eyelashes? These images raise questions about women’s pursuit of changing ideals of beauty and the meanings attached to the objects themselves. See http://www.joygregory.co.uk/project/objects-of-beauty-1992-5/ ‘Girl Thing’, an exploration of gender construction through the obvious association between object and ‘feminine’ description. See http://www.joygregory.co.uk/project/girl-thing/
Nominee Website: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/fiona-rogers-0a6981a7
Reason for Nomination: Fiona Rogers is Director for Global Business Development at Magnum Photos. She is responsible for Magnum Photos’ global new business, strategic partnerships, brand visibility and developing new revenue streams. She is also Founder of ‘Firecracker’, a platform to support international female photographers through both online and offline initiatives. See https://www.fire-cracker.org
Nominee Website: http://jeanwainwright.com/art-historian/
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her regular walking tours for the public, around the photography at the annual London Art Fair. These are on the day specialising in photography – Photo 50. See her website for her numerous other work, including her studies of Andy Warhol. Professor Jean Wainwright is Director of the School of Fine Art and Photography Research Centre, University for the Creative Arts.
Sim Chi Yin
Nominee Website: https://chiyinsim.com
Reason for Nomination: Beijing-based 2018 Magnum nominee, and 2017 Nobel Peace Prize photographer, Sim Chi Yin’s photographic projects straddle geopolitical political and environmental issues, devastatingly intimate human interest stories, and deeply personal familial investigations. Sim Chi Yin has recently won the seventh annual Getty Images and Chris Hondros Fund Award, which was established in honor of Mr. Hondros, who was killed in Libya in April 2011 along with the photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington..
Nominee Website: http://www.lauraannnoble.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for exhibiting photographic work, the L A Noble London Gallery represents well established artists, and also prides itself on discovering emerging talent. They hold a diverse collection of work including established and emerging artists. Their collector base includes public and private museums, corporate collections, experienced collectors and new collectors seeking to purchase their first photographic artwork and develop a collection. The aim is to engage audiences and expand their perception of the photographic genre in all its forms. See her website for the full range of facilities available.
Nominee Website: See https://the-dots.com/users/susanna-brown-74151
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her role as curator of photographs at the V&A museum, which is a position she has held since 2008. Her role is now greatly extended as one of the four curators dealing with the recently acquired RPS Collection.
Griselda San Martin
Nominee Website: http://www.griseldasanmartin.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her project on the wall between Mexico and the USA, particularly about the “Friendship Park,” a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border where families meet to share intimate moments through the metal fence that separates them. See http://www.griseldasanmartin.com/the-wall for images and details.
Nominee Website: https://kikistreitberger.com
Reason for Nomination: Kiki is a German photographer based in London and Germany. She is nominated for her MA project ‘Travelling Light’, which presents images of the few precious items carried by immigrants on their perilous journeys across the Mediterranean in unstable, overloaded boats. See https://kikistreitberger.com/portfolio/travelling-light/ for details.
Nominee Website: http://www.valeriacherchi.com
Reason for Nomination: Valeria is from Sardinia. Nominated for her project ‘Some of you killed Louisa’, about the kidnapping of children by gangsters in Sardinia. Over 200 have been kidnapped for ransom since 1960.
Nominee Website: https://www.tamabaldwin.com
Reason for Nomination: Tama Baldwin photographs the landscape in extreme conditions in the Arctic, examining how we are altering it through global warming. Her travels in Northern Alaska is an example: Qikiqtagruk is a village on the northwest coastline of arctic Alaska, which is featured on her website.
Nominee Website: http://www.virginierebetez.com
Reason for Nomination: Virginie is a Swiss photographer based in Lausanne. Nominated for her published work ‘Out of the Blue’, about the story, family and friends of Suzanne Gloria Lyall, who went missing on March 2 1998 in Albany (NY), at the age of 19. ‘Out of the Blue’ is a conceptual work with a tragic underlying narrative — the disappearance of the teenager.
Nominee Website: http://www.ginaglover.com
Reason for Nomination: See her many projects. My choice is Anthropocene, or rather, ‘My Anthropocene’, her investigation about the world in which we live and move through. The word was coined in 2000 by atmospheric scientists to indicate the overwhelming changes brought about by humans over the last 200 years and especially in the last 70 years.
Nominee Website: http://www.evastenram.co.uk
Reason for Nomination: For her series ‘pornography/forest-pics’, a series of images based on hardcore pornographic images that are set within or around forests. The pictures were found on the Internet and downloaded, after which the human bodies were digitally removed. The gaze is redirected to the overlooked part of the image. The viewer is left to complete the scene imaginatively. See her website for her many other works, solo and group exhibitions.
Nominee Website: http://www.corinnesilva.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated in particular for her work ‘Garden State’, which examines garden design, planting and irrigation in Israel, particularly in the occupied West Bank. The contrasts between the numerous Israeli settlements and the land where Palestinians live is stark. The settlements are shown with large areas of green grass with piped irrigation in contrast to the brown Palestinian land.
Nominee Website: https://sophyrickett.com
Reason for Nomination: See website for her personal projects, of which I recall her talking about ‘To the River’ and ‘Objects in the Field’. More recently for her book ‘The Death of a Beautiful Subject’. And once seen, everyone will remember her photo of a woman unrinating into the Thames on a London bridge at night!
Nominee Website: http://www.annafox.co.uk
Reason for Nomination: Anna Fox is a Professor of Photography at the University of the Arts Farnham. My nomination selection from her work listed on her website is ‘Workstations’, a study of London office life in the late 1980’s, colour photographs with ironic captions exposing the aggressive, competitive nature of working life in Thatcher’s Britain and ‘Cockroach Diary’, text (in diary form) and colour photographs telling the story of a cockroach invasion in a shared London house where Fox, family and friends were living. A melodramatic tale which tells more about the dysfunctional relationship between the house sharers than the cockroaches themselves.
Nominee Website: See her Wikipedia entry at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rineke_Dijkstra
Reason for Nomination: Rineke is a Dutch photographer probably best known for her Beach Portraits of 1992; adolescent girls standing alone on a beach with the water as a background. See her Wikipedia entry for fuller coverage of her work.
Reason for Nomination: Yumi Goto is an independent photography editor, curator and consultant in Tokyo. She is most well known for the ‘photobook as object’ workshops she runs under the name of Remainders Photography Stronghold (RPS). This interview with her tells the story https://medium.com/exposure-magazine/the-big-picture-is-more-than-just-pictures-an-interview-with-yumi-goto-of-the-reminders-51213de6482. She was featured in the August 2018 issue of the British Journal of Photography.
Nominee Website: http://valwilliams.uk
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her books on Martin Parr and on Daniel Meadows, who studied together at Manchester Polytechnic. Also as Director of PARC, the photography archive research centre at the London College of Communication. She has curated exhibitions for the Barbican Art Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Media Museum, Tate Britain and the British Council. From 1999-2002 she was Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Hasselblad Center in Sweden and was the founder co-director of the Shoreditch Foto Bienalle. See her website for more details
Cristina de Middel
Nominee Website: http://www.lademiddel.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her project and book ‘The Afronauts’, which was first published in 2012 and subsequently won the Deutsche Borse award.
Nominee Website: http://www.vanessawinship.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her numerous projects, notably for “she dances on jackson”, currently exhibited at the Barbican Gallery, London and published as a book by MACK in 2013. See http://www.vanessawinship.com/gallery for details
Nominee Website: http://pollybraden.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her project about autism and learning difficulties. See http://pollybraden.com/work/great-interactions-life-with-learning-disabilities-and-autism/
Nominee Website: http://thecaravangallery.photography/about/
Reason for Nomination: Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale have been running The Caravan Gallery since 2000. They document the reality and surreality of the way we live today. With their caravan they provide a mobile exhibition space that engages with people and places ‘normal’ galleries might not easily reach. Jan and Chris create thought-provoking images which frequently celebrate overlooked and occasionally bizarre aspects of everyday life. Since setting up in 2000 they have travelled thousands of miles and exhibited in hundreds of locations in the UK and abroad, sharing images from our ever expanding photographic archive with the most diverse audience imaginable. Equally at home exhibiting in a shopping centre car park or prestigious arts venue, we invite visitors to respond to our observations of their locality
Nominee Website: http://www.natashacaruana.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her project ‘Married Man’, which involved conducting 80 ‘interviews’ (in the form of dinner dates) with men seeking extra-marital affairs, to elicit their motivations and intentions. Natasha has said that the men always talked about their wives during their meeting. Also for her project ‘At First Sight’ for the 2014 BMW Residency at the Nicéphore Niépce Museum in Chalon-sur-Saône, France in 2014. See her website for more details
Nominee Website: http://www.poulomibasu.com
Reason for Nomination: For her ongoing work ‘A Ritual of Exile’, revealing the consequences of violence perpetrated on women in Nepal and India. This is a rallying call to resist the power of ritualized violence perpetuated by generations and without a place in 21st Century culture, about physical controls imposed on women during menstruation. Basu’s narrative challenges ignorance and apathy. This work was previewed by Basu speaking at Derby Format festival in 2017.
Nominee Website: See https://www.agencevu.com/photographers
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for several of her personal projects: ‘The Jones Family’ which evolved from a commission for Save The Children, ‘Under Gods’, about the many religions practised by those who lived along a particular road in Birmingham, and for her work during the time she spent in Shanghai. See the website for more details.
Nominee Website: https://www.anoukkruithof.nl
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her wide range of installations based on photographs and for her many artist books. For examples see her website and for her most recent works see A.Kruithof Portfolio 2015-18 PDF. This includes her photography and installation on ‘stress sweat’ shown in Copenhagen and ‘Untitled (I’ve taken too many photos / I’ve never taken a photo)’ shown as a shop window display in New York.
Nominee Website: https://www.junocalypso.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her personal projects ‘The Honeymoon’ and ‘Joyce’. The first is a series of solitary self-portraits taken in honeymoon hotels in the USA, with Juno posing with wigs and lingerie in acts of desire and disappointment. ‘Joyce’ had Juno enacting the private life of a woman consumed by the labour of constructed femininity, carried out to absurd extremes. Both projects have won awards: the BJP New Talent award and at Foam, Amsterdam in 2016 and widely exhibited.
Nominee Website: See entry on Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Lixenberg
Reason for Nomination: For her extensive long term survey project in the Watts area of Los Angeles. This was published as ‘Imperial Courts’ and won the Deutsche Borse prize in 2017. See http://www.imperialcourtsproject.com
Nominee Website: http://www.katygrannan.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her projects about the underprileged and those abandoned by society in the Central Valley of California. This was where many of the migrants photographed by Dorothea Lange landed up. Katy Grannan’s large scale portraits ‘99’, taken around Highway 99 and her film ‘The Nine’ around Modesto form the basis of this nomination. See http://theninefilm.com for a trailer of the film and https://fraenkelgallery.com/exhibitions/99 for a selection of portraits, landscapes and exhibition installation images of ’99’.
Chloe Dewe Mathews
Nominee Website: http://www.chloedewemathews.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her series ‘Shot at Dawn’, which focuses on the sites at which British, French and Belgian troops were executed for cowardice and desertion between 1914 and 1918. The series of twenty-three photographs, each depicting a location at which the soldiers were shot or held in the period leading up to their execution. All are seasonally accurate and were taken as close as possible to the precise time of day at which the executions occurred. Chloe has said how emotional some of the stories researched became for her. Also for her other work, including around the Caspian Sea and closer to home, baptisms taking place in the Thames. See her website for details.
Nominee Website: http://www.marketaluskacova.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her numerous projects in the UK from 1974 onwards: Homeless people (76-77), Street Musicians (78-90), North-East seaside (78-80) and others – see her website. Also for her book ‘On Death and Horses and Other People’, showing bizarre traditional processions in Slovakia.
Nominee Website: http://www.monicaalcazarduarte.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her project ‘Your Photographs could be used by Drug Dealers’, shown as a large hanging mobile and an artists book in 2014, as her MA Project at the London College of Communication. Photos taken on the west coast of Mexico. See http://www.monicaalcazarduarte.com/3139823-mexico-installation#0 And especially nominated for her project ‘The New Colonists’, about training for travel to Mars. Photographs at the European Space Agency and at Mars, Pennsylvania. Published as a photobook in 2018, with moving images and sound augmentation. Gained the Bar Tur award from the Photographer’s Gallery. See http://www.monicaalcazarduarte.com/3322991-mars-on-earth and http://www.monicaalcazarduarte.com/astro-2030
Nominee Website: http://jennylewis.net
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her personal projects ‘One Day Young’ and ‘Hackney Studios’. The first features portraits of women holding their baby one day after giving birth. As Jenny writes, she wanted to concentrate on the first twenty-four hours, when a woman’s body is engulfed by hormones, to capture the unrelenting physicality of the moment, straight from the battlefield. Sweat still glistening on the mothers’ skin, the translucent umbilical cord, freshly severed, and wide-eyed wonder as the women come to terms with the magnitude of what they have achieved and survived. Hackney Studios presents portraits of the many creative artists, painters, photographers, sculptors, performers, film makers and others working in the vibrant Hackney area of East London. ‘
Nominee Website: http://www.mikisoejima.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for the elaborate set of photos of postcards, each shown front and back, many with written text and stamps from around the world. The whole set of 43 were bound together and published as ‘Mrs Merriman’s Collection’, with the author being named as Anne Sophie Merriman and the postcards being inherited from her grandmother. The whole set of postcards, stamps and texts wee in fact created as a fiction. Clues can be found by close examination of the images of stamps being of different countries from the postmarks they bear. The book won the National Media Museum/MACK First Book Award in 2012. See http://www.mikisoejima.com/section783592_658001.html
Nominee Website: http://dayanitasingh.net
Reason for Nomination: Chosen for her monumental series ‘Museum Bhavan’, a series of subject ‘museums’ shown as installations at photographic exhibitions in London, Frankfurt, Chicago and Delhi. A miniature version of Museum Bhavan was published by Steidl in 2017 and this was joint runner-up in the 2018 Kraszna-Krausz photographic book awards. See this video clip showing Museum Bhavan
Nominee Website: http://rinkokawauchi.com/en/
Reason for Nomination: Rinko Kawauchi’s photography synergises natural colour tones and lighting, producing milky-hued images which reveal the optical similarities amongst overlooked everyday occurrences. Two of her most well-known sets of work are Utatane, published in 2001 and Illuminance, published in 2011. Her full set of works can be seen on http://rinkokawauchi.com/en/publications/
Nominee Website: www.ditapepe.cz
Reason for Nomination: Dita Pepe is a Czech photographer. Since 1999 she has been working on her most extensive project “Self-portraits” starting with self-portraits with women, later with men and families. Most of the photographs were taken in the Czech Republic, but also in Italy, Germany and in South Africa. Each photograph includes Dita herself as well as the other person(s) in the image, with Dita in wigs, dresses, make-up etc that match her with the other person(s). It is often difficult to realise which one is Dita. An edition of a series of her self-portraits was published in 2014 and a copy is held in the US Metropilitan Museum of Art. For more details see https://www.by-wo-men.com/en/book-dita-pepe-self-portraits-special-edition.php
Nominee Website: https://www.oliviaarthur.com
Reason for Nomination: Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur’s project and book ‘Stranger’ is based in Dubai. It starts by being about the ship ‘Dara’ that sank close to the port of Dubai in 1961 with the loss of 238 lives. But it also recounts the situation with the non-Dubai people who carry out the majority of the work in Dubai, entrapped there by their needs to earn money, whilst the Dubai native Arab community have their lives of privilege. See https://www.oliviaarthur.com/Stranger-the-book
Nominee Website: www.susanmeiselas.com
Reason for Nomination: The most well-known work by this Magnum photographer is probably her projects on Nicaragua and Carnival Strippers. I am selecting her project for Multistory, about Women’s Refuges, ‘A Room of Their Own’, as I feel this is of particular significance for women. See https://multistory.org.uk/project/susan-meiselas/
Nominee Website: http://melindagibson.blogspot.com
Reason for Nomination: During a fire at her South London studio, Melinda Gibson watched as smoke and water poured into the space. Her heroic response was to tape large format negatives to the walls, exposing them to these elements as each one become record of what happened. Afterwards she combed through what remained, analyzing and photographing material and drawing it together in the form of a book. Each book was ‘smoked’ in a hand built smokehouse and sealed in plastic to contain the scent. Melinda Gibson is also well-know for creating a book ‘The Photograph as Contemporary Art‘, based on Charlotte Cotton’s book of the same name.
Nominee Website: www.tarynsimon.com
Reason for Nomination: For her projects ‘A Living Man Declared Dead’, over the period 2008-2011, tracing victims of genocide in Bosnia, feuding families in Brazil and other similar situations. For more details and links for her other projects see http://tarynsimon.com/works/almdd/#1
Nominee Website: http://teresa-eng.com
Reason for Nomination: In about 2008 Teresa Eng was documenting immigrants in what was known as “The Jungle” around Calais in France, when she was raped. Her project “Speaking of Scars”, produced as a photobook, was based on this experience and subsequent events. She used photographic metaphors and numerous photo overlays in her book to convey her experiences. See http://teresa-eng.com/portfolio/speakingofscarsbook/
Nominee Website: www.muesdesign.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her design of numerous photographic books and exhibition catalogues. For her work with photographer Stephen Gill, for work for photographic exhibitions at Tate Modern, for publications from the Museum of Modern Conflict and many others. See her website for examples.
Nominee Website: www.lisabarnard.co.uk
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her project ‘Hyenas of the Battlefield Machines in the Garden’, carried out from 2008 to 2013. This deals with drone warfare, the equipment and companies involved, the training and experiences of their remote operators and the virtual simulations, including relieving PTSD effects suffered by these operators. This is an important but uncomfortable project to read, put together largely during the Bush administration ‘war on terror’. See http://lisabarnard.co.uk/shop/hyenas-of-the-battlefield-machines-in-the-garden/
Nominee Website: www.lauraeltentawy.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated especially for her project taken during the uprising in Egypt, ‘In the shadow of the Pyramids’. This was one of the recent Deutsche Borse prize nominations.
Nominee Website: www.laiaabril.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her many photographic projects directly about topics of concern to women and girls. In particular, ‘The Epigogue’, about the effects of bulimia and ‘On Abortion’, dealing with issues concerning women living in countries where abortion is illegal. Visit her website for her other projects.
Yah Wang Preston
Nominee Website: http://www.yanwangpreston.com
Reason for Nomination: For her fortitude and determination travelling over frozen tundra and dirt tracks in Mongolia to reach the source of the Yangtze River, on her self-set task of photographing every 100km from source to sea. The photographs have been exhibited in China and published in the book ‘Mother River’.
Nominee Website: jennymphoto.com
Reason for Nomination: Nominated for her courage in covering numerous war situations and producing photographs which convey with feeling how these affect the women and families involved. Visit her website to see her work and where published