Matthew Pillsbury and Julia Fullerton-Batten win 2007 HSBC Foundation for Photography Prize
They were both initially selected into a short list of 13 nominees, which came from a group of 823 candidates. Wow.. 823.. it's hard to believe there are that many, would be, art photographers out there! The winners both get their first monograph published (by Actes Sud in June), 4 shows of their work in France and abroad, plus a cash prize.
Thanks to the wise guidance of Bonni Benrubi, we at MAO have already fallen in total love with Matthew's amazing B&W provocative and contemplative night time photographs.
(Photo #1, by Matthew Pillsbury, HBO, ROME, Thursday October 13th, 2005, 12:00 - 12:50am)
With clear reverence to the work of Hiroshi Sugimoto, Matthew's photographs manage to capture the spirit of connection and isolation with our 21st century TV and late night computer culture. He's created projects which have included the launch of XBOX (The Zero Hour), LA friends on cell phones, visitors at museums (Museum Hours) and our emerging laptop society. Once you've seen his work, it's obvious why Matthew was chosen from this huge pool of candidates for the HSBC award.
He's even got a new show opening up this Saturday at M + B Gallery in LA (Damn.... the wrong coast seems to be having some
kick ass outstanding photography events!)
Matthew Pillsbury, is certainly one young photographer to watch out for in the future.
At MAO, we're not familiar YET with the work of British photographer, Julia Fullerton-Batten. But I can't believe we've missed this photographer.. the work looks intense (all be it, a bit commercial).. but, check out her website.
Julia Fullerton-Batten. This photographer has won some major awards, plus, Julia has already had a show at the National Portrait Gallery. In her most recent project on teenage girls, Julia shows a clear development of a unique identifiable signature photographic style.
A Big MAO congrats to both Matthew and Julia.. we look forward to seeing (and collecting) your new books, art shows, and more of your wonderful photography work.
Here's the Original HSBC French Press Announcement.