The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is awarded annually to a photographer of any nationality who has made a significant contribution (in either exhibition or publication format) to European photography within the past year. The 2012 finalists for the £30,000 prize are:
Hugo (b.1976, South-Africa) is nominated for his publication Permanent Error, published by Prestel.
Kawauchi (b.1972, Japan) is nominated for her publication Illuminance, published by Kehrer.
Stezaker (b.1949, UK) is nominated for his exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Williams (b. 1956, USA) is nominated for his exhibition Kapitalistischer Realismus at Dùm umìní České Budìjovice, Budweis, Czech Republic.
The winner will be announced next Summer, following an exhibition of selected works by the shortlisted photographers at The Photographers’ Gallery in London.
Beyonce’s latest music video, ‘Run the World’, (directed by Francis Lawrence) owes a great debt to the work of South African photographer Pieter Hugo. Whether the singer’s hyena-handling is interpreted as an homage to the photographer or downright plagiarism is debatable, though Hugo’s leaning towards with the latter, stating in The New Yorker: “I’m sure the Hyena Men are wondering if they’re going to get paid!”.
This isn’t the first time Hugo’s work has been appropriated, with the photographer identifying over a dozen direct visual copies from his Nollywood series (recently exhibited at the IMA in Brisbane and Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland) in Grinderman’s music video ‘Heathen Child’ (above). But Hugo’s letting this one slide, he’s a fan.