John Stezaker wins the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

By Richard Moss | 04 September 2012
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a collaged image of a man and a woman - two 1950s Hollywood stars
John Stezaker, Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) LXIV (2010)© Courtesy of the artist and The Approach, London
John Stezaker, the London-based photographer whose found images and experimental collages have been steadily influencing a new generation of image makers and artists, has been awarded the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

The £30,000 award was presented by the 2003 winner of the Prize, Juergen Teller, at a ceremony at the Photographer’s Gallery last night, September 3.

Stezaker, who won for his 2011 exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, specialises in collages that question our relationships with images. Using found photographs, illustrations and stills taken from books, magazines, vintage postcards and classic movies, he creates new, surreal imagery that subverts the context of the original to create new and poignant meanings.

He described winning the Prize as “a great honour” and said being part of the exhibition had “been a wonderful opportunity to showcase my work alongside other artists whose work I respect.”

Brett Rogers, the non-voting Chair of the Jury and Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, said Stezaker’s work was “compelling and disruptive,” and had influenced “a new generation of image-makers who have been inspired by his unswerving commitment to his practice".

“Within the vastness of today’s image flow, Stezaker has managed to resurrect the power and uncanny mystery inherent in the still image using traditional photographic strategies, most especially collage,” he added.

The other shortlisted artists for the Prize, each awarded £3,000, were Pieter Hugo, Rinko Kawauchi and Christopher Williams. Photographs by all four artists are on show at the gallery until September 9 2012.

More pictures:

a photo montage of man and a woman taken from 1950s Hollywood publicity photos
John Stezaker, Betrayal (Film Portrait Collage) XVIII (2012)© Courtesy of the artist and The Approach, London
a black and white publicity still of a man in a pin stripe suit with folded arms
John Stezaker, Untitled (2010)© Courtesy of the artist and The Approach, London
a grainy black and white image of a man walking
John Stezaker, Untitled III, Reader (2012)© Courtesy of the artist and The Approach, London
a black and white photo of a man walking across a park readiong a paper
John Stezaker, Untitled II, Reader (2012)© Courtesy of the artist and The Approach, London
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