2016 New East Photo Prize Exhibition
& New East Photo Weekend
An exhibition featuring work by the finalists of the inaugural New East Photo Prize and a series of workshops aimed at photographers of all ages keen to develop their professional practice
4 Nov – 18 Dec 2016
Wed – Sun, 12pm – 6pm
New East Photo Weekend
2 Dec – 3 Dec 2016
2016’s New East Photo Prize exhibition showcases selected work by the finalists nominated for the first edition of the New East Photo Prize.
A Calvert 22 Foundation initiative supported by The Calvert Journal, the Prize champions contemporary perspectives on the people and countries of the New East (Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia), welcoming the work of professional and non-professional photographers alike. Its inaugural edition closed for submissions on Friday 19 August 2016 with a total of 1,030 entries from 25 New East countries.
The finalists have been nominated by an international panel of leading industry professionals and their work reflects a range of approaches and subject matters encompassing the use of video, portraiture and landscape photography.
The judging panel includes award-winning photographer Donald Weber, Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation Ekow Eshun, leading curator and critic Kate Bush, and Head of Photography for the Guardian and the Observer Roger Tooth, amongst others.
New East Photo Prize Finalists
The finalists participating in the exhibition at Calvert 22 Foundation from 4 November – 18 December 2016 are as follows:
Ziyah Gafic, Bosnia: Paradise Lost
Katrina Kepule, Sit Silently
Eugenia Maximova, Associated Nostalgia
Sasha Rudensky, Tinsel and Blue
Alexander Epikhov, Badlands
Andrey Shapran, Cape North. Chukotka
Michał Siarek, Alexander
Michał Sierakowski, Uranium
Lana Stojićević, Black Hill
Danila Tkachenko, Lost Horizon
Vladimir Vasilev, T(h)races
More info here
Winner & Special Prizes
2016 New East Photo Prize Winner – Michał Siarek, Alexander
The winner of the Prize was announced with a reception on Thursday 1 December 2016. Michał Siarek will see his winning project, Alexander, published as a photo book produced by Calvert 22 Foundation. Find out more about the winning series here.
Bird In Flight Special Prize – Elena Subach, The Sacrifice
A £1,000 grant dedicated to unfinished documentary projects was awarded by New East Photo Prize partner Bird In Flight to Elena Subach to help complete The Sacrifice.
Metro Imaging Mentorship Award – Lana Stojićević, Black Hill
Metro Imaging awarded their Mentorship Award to Lana Stojićević for her project Black Hill. The mentorship will be tailor-made to suit the needs of the artist, who will be fully supported over a 12 month period and receive £1,000 credit with Metro Imaging.
New East Photo Weekend
To complement the exhibition, from Friday 2 December – Saturday 3 December, Calvert 22 Foundation will host the New East Photo Weekend, with a series of interactive events including masterclasses, panel discussions, one-on-one portfolio reviews and print swaps aimed at photographers of all ages.
The programme will cover the essential steps to becoming an independent member of the professional photographic community while championing excellence from across Eastern Europe.
Events will be led by industry experts such as award-winning photographer Donald Weber, Roger Tooth, Head of Photography at the Guardian, artists Taus Makchacheva and Alexander Gronsky, and Kate Bush, Head of Photography at the Science Museum’s Media Space.
Early bird tickets (on sale until 10 Nov 2016)
£45 / £35 (students) + booking fee
Standard tickets (on sale after 10 Nov 2016)
£65 / £55 (students) + booking fee
More info here
New East Photo Prize judges
Donald Weber – Photographer, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize and two World Press Photo Contest awards
Ekow Eshun – Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, former Director of ICA London
Kate Bush – Head of Photography at Media Space/Science Museum and the National Media Museum
Taus Makhacheva – Artist, winner of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art Foundation Prize
Marina Paulenka – Founder and Director of the international photography Festival Organ Vida in Zagreb, Croatia, and the Organ Vida Photography Association
Alexander Gronsky – Landscape photographer, recipient of the Aperture Portfolio Prize and the World Press Photo 3rd place award for Daily Life stories
Roger Tooth – Head of Photography at the Guardian and Observer
Olga Osipova – Photo Editor of Bird in Flight, an online publication about photography and visual culture