How not to win the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize April 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Wandering around the exhibition ahead of this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, it seemed to me that there’s a recipe for how some photo prizes work. It might go something like this:

  • Select 0, 1 or (exceptionally) 2 artists with some insight for photography, sensitivity to the medium, and technical skill.
  • Select 2-4 artists who work with photography but have rather little insight, sensitivity or skill to a total shortlist size of 4. It helps if this second group is made up of conceptual artists making rather trite points about the kinds of topics conceptual artists like to be seen to comment on.
  • Be sure when deciding the winner not to take into account the quality of the photographs themselves, because thinking about a photography prize that way is just naive…

Now this may not be how it is with the Deutsche Börse prize, but given that Chris Killip actually has some skill with a camera, I wouldn’t advise that you bet on him winning this year…

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