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Enjoy getting Burned..

Pop over here to see Irina Werning’s work which has just picked up the $15000 Burn EPF prize.

We loved it when we first saw it.

Props to Irina, she’s used a few. Great fun.

 

John Edwin Mason comments:

“I asked David Alan Harvey (Burn’s founder and curator, as you know) how candidates for the prize were selected. He said that they nominated themselves.

It seems to me that this is a model that other prizes and festivals should adopt. Relying on nominators to suggest names too easily reproduces in-groups — colleagues, friends, friends of friends, and proteges. It’s a natural human tendency. Self-nominations avoid this.”

 

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    4 comments to Enjoy getting Burned..

    • I saw a presentation of the work of all nine finalists at Look3, the Festival of the Photograph, last weekend. Two things, in particular, occurred to me, as I watched the slide shows:

      1) It was wonderful photography, start to finish.

      2) The ethnic and geographical diversity of the finalists was surprising and gratifying. This was no collection of the usual suspects, the usual proteges. A majority were from Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East.

      I asked David Alan Harvey (Burn’s founder and curator, as you know) how candidates for the prize were selected. He said that they nominated themselves.

      It seems to me that this is a model that other prizes and festivals should adopt. Relying on nominators to suggest names too easily reproduces in-groups — colleagues, friends, friends of friends, and proteges. It’s a natural human tendency. Self-nominations avoid this.

      The contrast, by the way, with Look3 was stark. The photographers that the festival’s nominators suggested and that the curators selected were overwhelming American or European and white. (In the interest of full disclosure, I was a nominator.)

      Of the 30 or so photographers who work was screened, only one was an African. Who? God help me if it wasn’t Pieter Hugo!

    • Oh, I dunno John. That nomination process sounds much too sensible. MORE secrecy is what we want, surely. Gotta bolster those cliques.
      Seriously, the Burn model works very well.

      As for Pieter Hugo, well, you have to laugh.. (like a hyena). Perhaps the rest of the African photographers forgot to use flash…it is very dark
      over there, so I’m told.

    • JLW

      Am I missing something? So a photographer sending in a series of photographs themselves into a competition is a new and radical idea, is it John?!

      What exactly is “the Burn model” David, and how does the selection process differ from WPP and Poyi for instance?

      I too like the ethnic and geographic diversity of the shortlisted entries, the variety in photographic genres represented, the quality of the work and the choice of winner.