April 27, 2017 by Sparky in Art's Sake, Observation, Pictorial, Reviews 0 comments 188

The Magnum Portrait Award 2017

WINNERS & FINALISTS!
https://www.lensculture.com/2017-lensculture-portrait-award-winners#nelli-palomaki

In this age of selfies and endless streams of instant images shared on the internet, an international jury of eight photography experts reviewed thousands of submissions from around the world to select 44 fresh, unique and diverse approaches to represent the possibilities of 21st century portraiture. Many of the featured portraits stand apart from the usual “likable” pictures we see in mainstream and social media; instead, they require a bit more time and contemplation to appreciate the richness that they hold.

This award-winning work covers a wide range of territory—from portraits that explore challenging social issues, to alternative processes that cleverly add layers of meaning and historical reference, to conceptual work that seems hyperreal or dream-like. Some portraits delve into the challenges of memories that fade and change over time, while others question personal identity when viewed as part of a religious or cultural group.

The jurors also chose personal favorites, which are presented here with commentary. All of the selected work—whether nuanced series or penetrating single images—demonstrate that portraits are unique in their power to captivate our gaze and show us something new and unexpected about each other and the world we live in.

SERIES WINNERS

1st PLACE SERIES
CRISTINA DE MIDDEL
Mexico
Gentlemen’s Club

2nd PLACE SERIES

COCO AMARDEIL
France
Come Hell or High Water

3rd PLACE SERIES
HARRIS MIZRAHI
United States
Inside Out

These Awards succeeded in bringing together a diverse range of photographers – a rare chance to discover such an inspiring array of photographic approaches all in one place.

Fiona Rogers, Magnum Photos

SINGLE IMAGE WINNERS

1st PLACE SINGLE IMAGE
CHRIS DE BODE
Netherlands
Zacheria and Clara
2nd PLACE SINGLE IMAGE
OWEN HARVEY
United Kingdom
Young Skinhead Girl, London

3rd PLACE SINGLE IMAGE

KENSINGTON LEVERNE
United Kingdom
Myles

INTERNATIONAL JURY

SUSAN WHITE
Photography Director
Vanity Fair Magazine

PHILLIP PRODGER
Head of Photographs
National Portrait Gallery

JENNIFER PASTORE
Photography Director
The Wall Street Journal Magazine

WHITNEY JOHNSON
Deputy Director of Photography
National Geographic

TODD HIDO
Artist
San Francisco Bay Area, USA

FIONA ROGERS
Global Business Development Manager
Magnum Photos

GENEVIEVE FUSSELL
Senior Photo Editor
The New Yorker

JIM CASPER
Editor-in-Chief
LensCulture

THANK YOU

LensCulture would like to thank every photographer who participated in this competition — your entries, which came from all over the world, have been a true inspiration to view and consider! We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to the members of the jury who worked long and hard reviewing the entries to the competition and ultimately selecting the brilliant work displayed here.

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