Winner Announced Of New Prize For Best Emerging International Photographer 2024

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American photographer Keisha Scarville is the winner of the Saltzman Prize, a new award for the best Emerging Photographer in the world. This annual prize is a $10,000 award and additional funds to support a solo exhibition of the winning photographer’s work at Photofairs New York each September. The Saltzman Prize is presented in cooperation with the Center for Photography Woodstock (CPW) and Photofairs New York. The winner will also be honored on 20 April 2024 at the CPW Vision Awards.

The other nine shortlisted artists were: Hady Barry, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Eric Gyamfi, Accra, Ghana; Patrice Aphrodite Helmar, Juneau, AK / New York, NY; Nhu Xuan Huay, Paris, France; Hailun Ma, Shanghai. China / New York, NY; Rory Mulligan, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; Trina Michelle Robinson, San Francisco, CA; Caroline Tompkins, New York, NY; and Wilfred Ukpong, Oxford, UK / Clermont-Ferrand, France / Eket, Nigeria.

This years’ Saltzman Prize nominators include MoMA curator Oluremi Onabanjo, British curator and cultural historian Mark Sealy, New York-based curator and writer Lyle Rexer, American photographer Deana Lawson, and The New York Times Opinion photo director Jacqueline Bates. Each nominator put forth two photographers to create a shortlist for the Prize. From the shortlist, CPW’s jury panel of three photography experts selected the year’s emerging photographer. The jury this year was MacArthur fellow and photographer Deborah Willis, the President of the Magnum Foundation Susan Meiselas, and the Director of Asia Society Yasufumi Nakamori.

Brooklyn-based photographer Keisha Scarville weaves together themes of transformation, place, latencies and the elusive body. Since the early 2000s, Scarville has been exploring ideas around belonging, place, and embodied narratives across mediums, particularly photography. Scarville’s personal background merges two distinct geographies, Guyana and America, which act as a large source of inspiration throughout her work.

Many of her works reflect on the symbolism of West African figures and the immigrant experience of her Guyanese-American parents. In one of her most important series, Mama’s Clothes, Scarville created portraits using her dead mother’s clothing, making a collaboration between absence and landscape to foster a space that enables the reemergence of her mother’s presence through her own body and identity. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum of Harlem; ICA Philadelphia; The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute; and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. Scarville recently published a new artist book lick of tongue, rub of finger, on soft wound (MACK, 2023), which was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo First PhotoBook Award.

Hady Barry is a Guinean-American artist whose practice involves photography and sound. Her work has been featured in the British Journal of Photography, NAATAL, and Contemporary And. It has been exhibited by the National Portrait Gallery (UK).

Eric Gyamfi is a photographer living and working in Accra, Ghana whose works have been featured in A Diagnosis of Time; Unlearn What You Have Learned, Ecologies and Politics of the Living (Vienna Biennale 2021), and Bamako Encounters – African Biennale of Photography (2017 and 2019).

Patrice Aphrodite Helmar, born in Juneau, Alaska worked in a small-town camera shop and darkroom growing up and continues to work in photography. Helmar’s work has been shown at the Jewish Museum, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, Gaa Gallery, and the National Museum of Iceland.

Nhu Xuan Hua, a French photographer and artist with Vietnamese heritage. reinterprets archival family pictures through digital interventions, exploring the effect of dissipation generated by the passing of time and driven by the forces of inherited memory.

Hailun Ma’s fashion photography experience in New York inspired her to rediscover her hometown of Xinjiang, China differently: since 2018 she has shown an appreciation for Xinjiang’s culture, fashion, and youth.

Rory Mulligan is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Art at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Mulligan’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Trina Michelle Robinson explores the relationship between memory and migration through installation, film, print media, photography, and archival materials.

New York based Caroline Tompkins has worked with editorial and commercial clients such as Apple, The New York Times, Vogue, Hinge, Rolling Stone, and Gap and has photographed an array of magazine covers, including those for Time Magazine, Esquire, Buffalo Zine, and GQ.

Wilfred Ukpong is a French Nigerian artist and researcher whose socially engaged practice utilizes interwoven mediums, including photography, film, sculpture, performance, architecture, and creative workshops, to tackle social issues with community participation and intervention.

The Saltzman Prize was founded in 2023 by New York-based photographer, film producer, and philanthropist Lisa Saltzman in collaboration with CPW, where she is a Trustee. Lisa created the Saltzman Family Foundation in 2020 in honor of her parents, Ralph and Muriel Saltzman, and has already developed two major arts awards through the Foundation, namely The Ralph Saltzman Prize in partnership with the Design Museum in London, which celebrates emerging product designers; and the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Ralph Saltzman Prize Student Contest, which challenges students to design innovative fabrics.


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