Announcing The Grand Prize winners
Brian Paul Clamp is the owner and director of ClampArt, a gallery in New York City specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. Brian’s view and experience of photography is one of the sharpest out there and he has joined the judging panel with a very specific role: to select a Grand Winner from the monthly shortlisted entrants. This is the most prestigious prize of the award and a real honour for the selected photographer.
The ClampArt gallery represents several globally-acclaimed artists including Amy Stein, Brian Finke and Lori Nix. Its large inventory includes work from (take a deep breath…) Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nan Goldin, Annie Leibovitz, Ryan McGinley, Gregory Crewdson and Richard Billingham. Aside from the ClampArt gallery, Brian has curated many photography exhibitions, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios on numerous panels over the past decade.
Justine Tjallinks – #1
Nude explores the duality between the vulnerability and strength within oneself. The soft colour palette represents the vulnerability, whilst the strength and determination is found in the body language.
Living with albinism not only means an absence of pigmentation in the skin and hair, but also impairment in vision. Not allowing herself to be dispirited she goes about her business like any other, propelled forward by inner strength. We all fight our battles, with the difference being that she wears her vulnerability on the outside for all to see. The preconceived opinion being that she is frail.
“Albinism in humans is characterized by the absence of pigment in the skin, hair, and/or eyes. Portraits of individuals affected by the disorder bring to mind celebrated photographers such as Tanyth Berkeley and Pieter Hugo. Nonetheless, Justine Tjallinks brings an aesthetic and approach all her own to her portrayal of a beautiful young woman with albinism. The images are sophisticated, polished, and powerfully disarming.” – Brian Paul Clamp.
Thomas Morel-Fort- #2
Sport by night
What are we doing when night falls? This is a recurring question in Morel-Fort’s personal work. In this series, he focuses on the spaces the city offers to practice sports even late at night and those who take advantage of it. He watches people and their shadows from a distance as they play, train or perform as if on a stage, under the city lights.
“Morel-Fort’s handsomely stylized images of individuals engaged in athletics in urban nighttime settings are a world away from what one envisions when considering traditional sports photography. Quiet, still, and mysterious—these dramatic photographs have more in common with surveillance imagery.” – Brian Paul Clamp
Sinziana Velicescu – #3
On the Periphery
This series explores the aesthetic and utilitarian effect of architecture in and around parts of Los Angeles that are less visited by the general public. Minimalistic in nature and inspired by abstract expressionism and graphic design, it represents a coming to terms with my hometown by shooting subjects that I find beautiful for their vibrant colors and clean lines, but are simultaneously devoid of obvious signs of life and exude a feeling of emptiness. The result is a homage to ‘The City,’ combined with a hidden desire to escape to another place or perhaps another time.
“These silent, empty photographs of less familiar, less peopled locations in Los Angeles recall Lewis Baltz’s images of architecture and the human landscape. Minimalist and anonymous, Velicescu’s shots find form and beauty in what many might customarily disregard.” – Brian Paul Clamp