Ilvy Njiokiktjien was named a winner in PDN Photo Annual ’19 Photo Books category for “BORN FREE – Mandela’s Generation of Hope.”
Twenty-five years ago, South Africa held its first inclusive elections. These brought an end to decades of white minority rule. A new constitution gave all South Africans equal rights. As the first black president, Nelson Mandela focused on reconciliation and hope for the future. It would be up to the young generation to make his dream of a rainbow nation come true.
During her work in South Africa, photojournalist Ilvy Njiokiktjien became intrigued by these born-frees, born after the end of apartheid. She portrays them in her own, personal and sometimes intimate style. “There is equality on paper now, but many still experience the consequences of apartheid.”
This photo book contains a rich collection of the most poignant, telling and diverse images, curated by Ilvy Njiokiktjien.
The book has a print run of 1994 copies, signed and numbered — get a copy here.
Daniel Schwartz, VII Emeritus Member, has received the Art Prize 2019 of the Canton Solothurn (CH) in recognition of his achievement in photography spanning more than four decades, encompassing the seminal Great Wall of China (1987), a long-term observation of the political reconfiguration of Central Asia and the war for Afghanistan (1998-2018) as well as the topic of global warming, begun with part I in Asia (Delta, 1991-1995), and continued with part II (While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey, 2009-2016). The award follows the Culture Prize of the Canton of Zurich (2010) and will be handed over on November 11 during a ceremony in the Stadttheater, Olten, Switzerland.
Selected as a finalist for the 2019 Leica Oskar Barnack Award, seventeen prints of Tomas van Houtryve’s Lines and Lineage will be exhibited in Berlin with the other finalists from September 25 to October 25, 2019.
Lines and Lineage takes aim at America’s collective amnesia of history. The work addresses the missing photographic record of the period when Mexico ruled what we now know as the American West. To visualize the people and places from the remarkable yet unseen Mexican era, Tomas van Houtryve chose to photograph the region with glass plates and a 19th-century wooden camera. Portraits of direct descendants of early inhabitants of the West—mestizo, Afro-Latin, indigenous, Crypto-Jewish—are paired with photographs of landscapes inside the original border and architecture from the Mexican period. Lines and Lineage lifts the pervasive fog of dominant Western mythology and makes us question the role that photographs—both present and missing—have played in shaping the identity of the West. The work will be published as a monograph by Radius Books in Autumn 2019.
The Leica Oskar Barnack Award honors “professional photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form.” It is named after Oskar Barnack, the inventor of the Leica camera, and it has been awarded since 1979. Previous winners include Martin Kollar, Guy Tillim, Andrea Hoyer, Luc Delahaye, Claudine Doury, Larry Towell, Eugene Richards and Sebastiao Salgado. Tomas’ series, Behind the Curtains, was also chosen as LOBA finalist in 2011. For the 2019 award, the members of the jury were Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Max Pinckers, Milena Carstens, Enrico Stefanelli and Steve McCurry.
The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the results of the second cycle of the 6×6 Global Talent Program in South America including VII Mentor Program’s Prin Rodriguez. In addition to exhibition opportunities, the work of the six photographers will also be published and shared on the World Press Photo Foundation’s platforms, including a feature on their online magazine Witness for each of the talents. The 6×6 talents also receive an automatic nomination for World Press Photo’s prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass.