About the Prize
About the Prize
15 Apr – 3 Jul 2016
This year marks Deutsche Börse’s twelfth year as supporter of the Prize and coincides with the establishment of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, a non-profit organisaition for cultural activity focused on the collecting, exhibiting and promoting of contemporary photography.
In summer 2015, Deutsche Börse transferred its collection and activities in photographic art to the newly established Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation. The aim of this non-profit Foundation based in Frankfurt is to promote contemporary photography through activities relating to the collection, exhibitions and other activities.
The Foundation cements Deutsche Börse’s long-term commitment to photography, cultural enterprises and public engagement and is responsible for its extensive and ever-growing collection of contemporary photography comprising more than 1,600 works by over 100 international artists.
It will continue to work with The Photographers’ Gallery to deliver the newly titled Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.
Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, and non-voting Chair of the Jury said: The work of this year’s four nominees address some of the most urgent political and social issues of our time – from Laura El Tantawy’s moving account of the Arab Spring to Tobias Zielony’s repositioning of the European refugee crisis and Trevor Paglen’s exploration of the growing impact of military surveillance on our lives. Eric Kessel’s Unfinished Father provides a more personal narrative which examines the fragmentation of family roles and relationships in the face of a loved one’s debilitating illness. All these subjects are of great consequence and relevance today – and one which photography, as a multifarious and accessible medium, is uniquely suited to explore.
Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation said: We are delighted that the newly established Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation will continue Deutsche Börse's long-term commitment to the Prize. This year’s shortlist once again celebrates photography’s unique position as a medium of diverse artistic expression and social engagement. This is highlighted through the nominees’ compelling use of photography in installation-led presentations and reflections on some of today’s most pressing issues.