Unseen Congratulates: Richard Mosse Wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

by Unseen May 13 2014

The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize awards £30,000 for a specific body of work of a living photographer with significant contribution to photography in Europe. Set up in 1996 by The Photographers’ Gallery in London, the prize aims to showcase and highlight new talent. Richard Mosse was recently announced the winner for his exhibition 'The Enclave'.

This years' finalists included Alberto Garcia-Alix (1956, Spain) for his publication Autorretrato/Self-portraitJochen Lempert (1958, Germany) for his exhibition Jochen Lempert at Hamburger Kunsthalle, Lorna Simpson (1960, USA) for her exhibition Lorna Simpson (Retrospective) at Jeu de Paume in Paris, and Richard Mosse (1980, Ireland) for his exhibition The Enclave at the Venice Biennale, Irish Pavilion. Previous recipients of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize include photography duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin in 2013 and John Stezekar in 2012. 

Of the work of Richard Mosse, Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery and chair of the jury said, “ (…) discontinued military surveillance film provides both the medium and the message, transforming the horror and brutality of war into a surreal form of documentary.” By capturing the landscape of human tragedy in the east Democratic Republic of the Congo with infra-red film, Mosse highlights an important discussion in documentary photography. The Enclave discusses the difficulties to communicate a complex and violent reality –like the situation in Congo– through documentary photography.

The exhibition 'The Enclave' will be on display at Foam until 1 June 2014, and work of the shortlisted artists will be exhibited at The Photographers' Gallery until 22 June. Richard Mosse will be represented by Edel Assanti at Unseen Photo Fair 2014.