Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014
11 April – 22 June 2014
An exhibition of the four shortlisted artists; Alberto García-Alix, Jochen Lempert, Richard Mosse and Lorna Simpson.
The annual award of £30,000 rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, for a specific body of work in an exhibition or publication format which has significantly contributed to photography in Europe. This year the prize went to Richard Mosse for his exhibition at the Irish Pavilion in Venice.
Alberto García-Alix (Spain)
Nominated for his publication Autorretrato/Selfportrait, La Fabrica Editorial
The book features the artist's self-portraits, taken over four decades of his life. Blurring the line between self-reflection and staged pictures, he uses photography as a way of mediating his experiences, fears, neuroses and inner battles.
Jochen Lempert (Germany)
Nominated for his exhibition Jochen Lempert at Hamburger Kunsthalle
Originally trained as a biologist, Lempert sees photography as a way of studying human nature. His works, always shot in black and white, raw on a range of subjects and genres, from everyday views to abstracted details.
Richard Mosse (Ireland)
Nominated for his exhibition The Enclave at Venice Biennale, Irish Pavilion
Shot on discontinued military surveillance film, Mosse's images capture life in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where 5.4 million people have died of war related causes since 1998. His project attempts to find a way of adequately communicating the complex and horrific cycle of violence that haunts the country, meanwhile addressing the failures of documentary photography.
Lorna Simpson (USA)
Nominated for her exhibition Lorna Simpson (Retrospective) at Jeu de Paume, Paris
Simpson rose to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of large-scale works combining photographs and text. Although the prose adds significance to the images, the connection is allusive rather than documentary. More recently, she has been working on a project in which she poses to mimic a series of archival photographs from the 1950s.