Mikhael Subotzky receives the International Center of Photography's Young Photographer Award
by Rat Western
Mikhael Subotzky's professional career had a rather illustrious start - he was the first student ever at Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town to receive 100% for his final year mark.
Since then, he has received a number of prestigious awards both locally and internationally including the 2007 City of Perpignan Young Photographer Award; the 2007 KLM Paul Huff Award, Amsterdam; the F25 Award for Concerned Photography, Fabrica, Italy, 2006; the Special Jurors' Prize at the Vles Recontres Africaines de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali, 2005; and a Merit Award at the 2005 Absa L'Atelier Competition.
His most recent achievement is the Infinity Young Photographer Award from the International Center of Photography, New York (ICP). The ICP's Annual Infinity Awards, now in their 24th year, are designed to acknowledge 'some of those image-makers whose powerful visions have brought us to the present moment, as well as those who are charting new territory into the future.'
Award winners were:
Lifetime Achievement awarded in 2008 to Malian, Malick Sidibe, who first opened his still thriving Bamako Studio in 1962.
ICP Trustees Award given to Diane Keaton, the four-time Oscar-nominated film star who has long pursued her interest in the photographic medium through her editorship or co-editorship of multiple collections of vintage work, commonly focusing on photographers who are forgotten or ignored. She has also published several collections of her own photographs.
A Writing award went to Bill Jay, the publisher of over 400 articles and author of more than 20 books on the history and criticism of photography.
The Publication award was given to An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar by Taryn Simon, a collection of photographs documenting provocative and controversial subjects which serve as an inventory of spaces that function at the heart of American culture, but lie hidden and out-of-view.
The Art Award went to Edward Burtynsky, a Canadian of Ukrainian descent whose work focuses on global industrial landscapes, exploring the intricate connection between industry and nature.
An award for Photojournalism was given to to Anthony Suau, whose images of the famine in Ethiopia garnered the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, and who was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 1996 for his coverage of the war in Chechnya. Suau received the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer in 1986.
An Applied/Fashion/Advertising Photography prize was awarded to British born Craig McDean - photographer, music video and commercial director and author. His work has been featured in American, French, and Italian Vogue and Another Magazine and has worked on many top ad campaigns.
The Young Photographer Award went to South African Mikhael Subotzky.
Nominees for the awards are shortlisted by an international nominating committee and the final selection is determined by a jury of selectors. Members of both the nominating committee and the jury of selectors change each year. This year, recipients of the Infinity Awards will be honored at a gala ceremony on May 12 in New York in an event sponsored partly by Getty Images.
More about Subotzky can be read in his ArtBio by Sue Williamson http://www.artthrob.co.za/07aug/artbio.html