Deutsche Börse 2020 Nominee: Mark Neville

‘Notions of utopia, or ecotopia, underpin these images of farmers, nuns, Breton dancers, baton twirlers, people breeding pigs, dogs, horses, supermarket shoppers, football supporters and football players, families on the beach or attending beauty pageants. Some of the photographs seem to express a real optimism about our chances to achieve that better world, whilst others display an anxiety about the gap between the ideal and the real.’

– Mark Neville

Mark Neville (b. 1966, UK) is nominated for the publication Parade published by the Centre d’Art GwinZegal, Guingamp, France (2019).

Neville connects art and social documentary practices. Through his community-based projects, he explores the social function of the medium, using still and moving images as well as photo books, which are specifically disseminated to a targeted audience or ‘non-art’ demographic.

Starting in 2016, upon the day Britain voted to leave the European Union, Mark Neville began work on a project based in Guingamp, Brittany (“little Britain”). Commissioned by the Centre d’Art GwinZegal, over a three-year period, he produced a layered portrait of a provincial agricultural region, where the local football team and Breton dance Fêtes are main cultural activities. Exhibiting the work at the local football stadium, the farming community, which constitutes the primary demographic among Guingamp's supporters, became both the subject of, and the principal audience for his project. Outside these communal pastimes, Neville also explored the economic drivers of the region.

Blurring lines between the planned, constructed photograph, and spontaneous imagery, Neville photographed the different agribusinesses in the community from small sustainable farms with only a handful of animals to large agricultural industries.

The Prize

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is an annual award established by The Photographers’ Gallery, London, in 1997 and in partnership with the Deutsche Börse Group since 2005 to identify and support talent, excellence and innovation. In 2016 the prize was renamed to reflect its new position within the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, a specifically established non-profit organisation focused on the collecting, exhibiting and promoting of contemporary photography.

The 2020 winner will be announced on Monday 14 Sep 2020 via a special online ceremony.  Details of when and how to tune in will be released nearer the time.  Sign up to our newsletter or check our website for latest updates. 

The 2020 Jury

The members of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020 are Martin Barnes, Senior Curator, Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom; Melanie Manchot, artist and photographer, based in London, United Kingdom; Joachim Naudts, Curator and Editor at FOMU Foto Museum in Antwerp, Belgium; Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Frankfurt a. M., Germany; and Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery as the non-voting chair.