Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2024 

Fri 23 Feb 2024 - Sun 02 Jun 2024

Awarded to: Lebohang Kganye
Nominees: VALIE EXPORT, Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad and Hrair Sarkissian

Don't miss out - exhibition closes Sunday 2 June!

Black and white collage image of two  women, one of whom is carrying a baby, a man and a small child, a tree, a streetlamp and a door in front of three houses

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2024 

Fri 23 Feb 2024 - Sun 02 Jun 2024

Awarded to: Lebohang Kganye
Nominees: VALIE EXPORT, Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad and Hrair Sarkissian

Don't miss out - exhibition closes Sunday 2 June!

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The winner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2024 is Lebohang Kganye! 

..in sync with the cataclysmic world

The Guardian

One of the most imaginative editions of the prize so far

The Daily Telegraph

See the exhibition which runs until 2 June, bringing together work by Prize winner Lebohang Kganye and the other international shortlisted artists: VALIE EXPORT, Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad and Hrair Sarkissian. This year’s shortlisted artists all show the power of photography to explore, investigate and interrogate our world. 

Lebohang Kganye was announced as the winner of the £30,000 prize at a special evening award ceremony on 16 May 2024, with the other finalists each receiving £5,000.  

Lebohang Kganye’s (b. 1990, South Africa) photographic projects cross personal and collective histories. Her skilful blending of images and words allows her to navigate the complexity of the South African experience, opening new ways of understanding and contributing to the process of decolonisation.

VALIE EXPORT (b. 1940, Austria) became notorious from the late 1960s for her radical performances and critical examination of women’s role in society and the arts. Photography has played a pivotal role in her work, from documentation to multimedia installations and single works. 

Through fusing photography and Warli painting, photographer Gauri Gill (b. 1970, India) and painter Rajesh Vangad (b. 1975, India) collaboratively explore how viewers ascribe meaning to a place and how the act of viewing itself creates complicity. They encourage viewers to explore the hidden, elusive layers that exist beneath the surface. 

Hrair Sarkissian’s (b. 1973, Syria) conceptual photography focuses on deeply personal narratives that reflect the complexity of larger historical and social issues. Large-scale photographs, film and installations all aim to evoke emotional experiences, foster awareness and a sense of solidarity. 

The exhibition will be on show at the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation in Eschborn/Frankfurt, Germany, from 13 June to 22 September 2024. 

Black and white collage image of two  women, one of whom is carrying a baby, a man and a small child, a tree, a streetlamp and a door in front of three houses

Winner: Lebohang Kganye

Prize winner for the exhibition Haufi nyana? I’ve come to take you home at Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (17 February – 21 May 2023).

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Colour photograph of a darkened room  with a sofa, table and a door with green glass, the image  states ‘Halil Dobra 16.08.1999’

Hrair Sarkissian 

Shortlisted for the exhibition The Other Side of Silence at Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands (29 November 2022 – 14 May 2023). 

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Black and white photograph of a woman smoking a cigarette and holding up a cigarette packet

VALIE EXPORT

Shortlisted for the exhibition VALIE EXPORT – The Photographs at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (25 February – 29 May 2023) and originated at the Albertina in Vienna. 

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Black and white image of a person in the distance, next to a brick structure layered with Warli drawings over the image

Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad 

Shortlisted for the book Fields of Sight (2023) published by Edition Patrick Frey. 

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Many congratulations to Lebohang. I’m delighted to announce her as the winner in this special year when we celebrate 20 years of collaborating with The Photographers’ Gallery and 25 years of the Art Collection Deutsche Börse. Her risk-taking exploration of her family history opens up important discussions about the realities and consequences of apartheid. 

- Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation 

About the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 

Originally established by The Photographers' Gallery in 1996, this long-standing and influential annual prize identifies and rewards artists and their projects considered to have made the most significant contribution to photography over the previous 12 months. 2024 marks the 20th anniversary of Deutsche Börse’s partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery. In 2016 the Prize was renamed the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Now in its 28th year, the Prize has become renowned as one of the most important awards for photographers, spotlighting outstanding, innovative and thought-provoking work.

Read our Prize shortlist announcement [PDF]

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Gif of four different book covers of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2024 exhibition catalogue

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Buy one of these Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2024 exhibition catalogues before they go! Four different covers available for the shortlisted artists: VALIE EXPORT, Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad, Lebohang Kganye and Hrair Sarkissian.

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