Meet the finalists in the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015

| 08 December 2014

A diversity of attitudes towards the medium and new modes of presentation feature in the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015

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Nikolai Bakharev (born 1946, Russia) for his exhibition at the 55th Biennale of Art in Venice (June 1 – November 24 2013)

Having initially trained as a mechanic, Bakharev became a Communal Services Factory photographer in the 1960s.

His portraits of bathers on Russian public beaches blur the boundaries between the public and private and set up a tension between composed and spontaneous groupings.

Zanele Muholi (born 1972, South Africa) for her publication Faces and Phases 2006 – 2014 (co-published by Steidl and The Walther Collection, 2014)

A self-titled "visual activist", Zanele Muholi’s black and white portraits offer an insight into black LGBTI identity and politics in post-apartheid South Africa.

In a country where discrimination and violence - most notably, the "curative rape" of black gay women often results in murder - Muholi’s archive of photographs forms an important force in female gay activism.

Viviane Sassen (born 1972, Netherlands) for her exhibition Umbra at Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (March 8 – June 1 2014)

Sassen’s distinctive and experimental approach to image foregrounds vivid colour alongside stark contrasts of light and shade in sculptural compositions that verge on abstraction.

Informed by the Jungian notion of the ‘shadow self’, her work taps into personal fear, desire and shame as well as expressing more abstract concepts of the unknown, time and death.

Mikhael Subotzky (born 1981, South Africa) and Patrick Waterhouse (born 1981, UK) for their publication Ponte City (Steidl, 2014)

Subotzky and Waterhouse began their project in 2007 working with the remaining residents of a Johannesburg tower block, which began life in 1976 as a place for white "sophisticates" under the apartheid regime.

Ponte City eventually became a refuge for black newcomers to the city before decline and neglect saw it positioned as the prime symbol of urban decay and the supposed epicentre of crime, prostitution and drug dealing.

Works by the shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery from April 17 until June 7 2015. The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony held at The Photographers’ Gallery on  May 28 2015.

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