“Chris Killip is the only established photographer in a shortlist full of artists. What does this say about contemporary photography?”
Sean O’Hagan has been asking the same question for as long as I can remember and this year is no different. Which is why Brad Fueuerhelm’s opening comment describing voices whining in unison about who deserves to win such a prize (£30,000 and a huge amount of press and prestige) made me laugh in his relevant article on 1000wordsmagazine.
On 15th June we will go to The Photographer’s Gallery to see the shortlisted works for ourselves. After that it would be good to have a discussion over coffee about some of the questions this polemic prize raises year after year. Instead of asking you who you think should win… I’m going to ask you to please put Sean out of his misery… What is contemporary photography anyway? (answers welcome below or on a postcard.)
A few interesting articles to whet your appetite…
Guardian (Adrian Searle)
Guardian (Sean O’Hagan)
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