Open for artists up to 40 years old
The August Sander Award – Prize for Portrait Photography, sponsored by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach in collaboration with Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne will be awarded for the second time in 2020.
The prize is designed to promote young artists working in the field of documentary and conceptual photography. In honor of August Sander”s seminal contribution to portrait photography, the candidates” photographic work should primarily focus on portraiture. The prize is awarded every two years.
National and international artists aged 40 and under who work mainly with photography are eligible to enter. The prize is endowed with EUR 5,000. Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur will also organize, if possible, a solo exhibition of the winners” works in cooperation with the artist.
The artist should submit a largely completed series of no more than 20 photographs. Only works that form a thematically coherent group or sequence will be reviewed; individual images will not be considered. Submitted works must not have won prizes at other competitions.
The jury is composed of five members: Rineke Dijkstra, artist, Amsterdam; Douglas Eklund, curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Prof. Dr. Ursula Frohne, art historian, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster; Dr. Anja Bartenbach, sponsor family; Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, director, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne.
A shortlist will be published at the end of March 2020. The winner will be announced at the end of April 2020. The award ceremony will take place in September 2020 on the premises of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne. The closing date is 24 January 2020. Details of terms and conditions for submissions can be downloaded under http://bit.ly/35XOr3F
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With its collection, the scholarly maintenance of its holdings, its research projects, and its exhibitions, all of which center around objective, documentary photography, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur contributes to a wide range of regional, national, and international artistic and cultural offerings.The institution”s collection comprises more than 30,000 works by historical and contemporary photographers of various nationalities. A significant share of these-more than 10,500 negatives and 5,500 original prints-is part of the August Sander Archive, followed by negatives and prints from important series by the artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. These two photographic stances, are since 1992 and 1996, in terms of style and content decisive for the further development of the collection.
There are two to three exhibitions a year, most of them accomponied by publications compiled at Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur. Presentations are organized that are assembled from the institution”s own collection as well as displays of works that enter into a dialogue with it. The exchange with regional, national, and international institutions plays an important role, as evidenced by numerous collaborative exhibition projects and a lively circulation of loans.