This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the 2021 Leica Oskar Barnack Award winner plus the latest Leica Hall of Fame inductee. Don’t forget that Head On Photo Festival opens today and the winners of the 2021 Head On Awards will be announced this evening.
But first, the Australian Photobook Awards.
The 2022 round of the Australian Photobook Awards are open for entries until 28 February, 2022. The Australian section of the awards (there is also an NZ section) are now under the wing of Melbourne’s Photo Collective who have instituted a new pre-press (digital/dummy) award too. There is $9800 in print credit prizes up for grabs. Find out more here.
2021 Leica Oskar Barnack
Venezuelan photographer Ana María Arévalo Gosen has won the 2021 Leica Oskar Barnack Award for the series “Días Eternos”. Her work was submitted by nominator Gonçalo Fonseca. The Award is worth 40,000 euros. The winner also receives Leica camera gear valued at 10,000 euros.
Arévalo Gosen’s series investigates what she describes as the “harrowing living conditions of women in jail” in Venezuela and El Salvador. Shot with a Leica Q, these images, taken in 2017 and 2018, reveal “the causes and consequences of imprisonment, not only for the women, but also for their families.”
She explains, “In the portraits of the women in jail, I’m concerned about the conditions of their imprisonment, where human rights seem to be ignored. I don’t think I can change these women’s lives, but at least through my work I can show that they exist.”
Arévalo Gosen, a member of Ayün Fotógrafas, a collective of Latin American women photographers, has also won the LUMIX Award and the Lucas Dolega Award for this series. She works between Bilbao, Spain and Latin America.
Leica Hall of Fame Award
Renowned American photographer Ralph Gibson is this year’s recipient of the Leica Hall of Fame Award. As part of this honour, the Leica Gallery in Wetzlar, Germany has a comprehensive retrospective of Gibson’s work on show until 28 February, 2022.
In the sixties Gibson was an assistant to Dorothea Lange and then later, Robert Frank. In his early years as a photographer he toyed with commercial and documentary work before choosing a more conceptual and abstract use of the medium. While Gibson’s style was defined by his strong black and white work, he has also embraced colour.
“Whether mysteriously emotional or clearly recognizable; analogue or digital; black and white or, more rarely, colour – there is no doubt that Ralph Gibson has produced a multilayered and moving life’s work,” says Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Art Director and General Representative Leica Galleries International. “For this, we are delighted to induct him into the ranks of our Leica Hall of Fame winners.”