Richard Mosse wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014

The Irish photographer has won Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 – the biggest and most prestigious photo prize in the sum of £30,000

Last night at London’s The Photographers’ Gallery the winner of Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 was announced. This annual prize rewards a photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the photographic environment in Europe. This year it was awarded to Irish artist Richard Mosse, author of the photos for multimedia project The Enclave. Last year the project represented Ireland at the 55th Venice Biennale, and in 2014 – at the Museum Of Photography in Amsterdam.

The Enclave was shot in Congo on the military surveillance film that registers infrared light to expose the enemy’s camouflage. The resulting imagery alters its green hues to the psychedelic shades of bright purple.

The Enclave is an attempt to rethink military photography. Masse was searching for effective new ways to deliver the forgotten African tragedy – the military actions in Congo where 5.4 million people have died of war related causes since 1998, according to the data provided by the International Rescue Committee.

The artist was chosen by jury members Kate Bush, curator, Thomas Seelig, curator and Fotomuseum Winterthur director, and Anne-Marie Beckmann, curator, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany. The other shortlisted artists for the prize are Alberto Garcia-Alix, Jochen Lempert and Lorna Simpson, each awarded £3,000.

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The photo-exhibition of the four nominated artists of Börse Photography will be displayed at The Photographers’ Gallery untill June, the 22nd. Then the exposition will relocate to Deutsche Börse headquarters in Frankfurt and Eschborn.

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is the most significant of its kind and the most prestigious one. It was initiated in 1996 by London’s The Photographers’ Gallery to draw attention to the best contemporary photography pieces. From 1997 to 2004 the award was titled Citigroup Photography Prize, in honor of the largest financial conglomerate that sponsored it. From 2005 the award is being sponsored by large trading company Deutsche Börse Group and the sum of the prize is £30,000.

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