FotoFilmic is excited to jumpstart a new academic year by revealing today the SOLO V EXHIBITION AWARD Winner, as well as its two Runners-Up!
American color photography master Joel Sternfeld, our distinguished juror for this 5th award edition, spent the past two weeks delving into the details of all applications received this summer from 11 different nations. As the groundbreaking photographer that he is and a longtime faculty at St. Lawrence College, Joel undoubtedly stands as one of the most experienced and meticulous reviewers of photography one can hope or risk having lay eyes upon their very best work.
Harnessing new promising, high caliber photographic visions to the established ones constituting the rich legacy, to this day still overwhelmingly film-based, of the medium must indeed not be an easy task. And so we wish here to sincerely thank Joel again for all his time, as well as for lending his tremendous expertise and discerning curatorial instinct to this opportunity and our photographers.
It is thus with immense pleasure that we proudly present below and warmly congratulate our deserving SOLO V laureates! Kudos on the remarkable achievement of getting your work noticed and endorsed by such an extraordinarily seminal figure of photography as Joel Sternfeld!
SOLO V Award Winner: ROB STEPHENSON (New York, NY, USA)
For the large format documentary series From Roof To Table capturing New York’s revived urban agricultural landscape and the many economic, social and environmental concerns that keep on fueling the Big Apple’s green mind.
SOLO V RUNNERS-UP
SOLO V Runner-Up #I: ARIANA GOMEZ (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
For her 3-year documentation of the Manhattan Financial District portraying in mesmerizing tableaux a complex societal scene where quiet mundanity unravels this all-American topography of power in a new light.
SOLO V Runner-Up #II: CLAY JORDAN (Athens, GA, USA)
For his longtime dedication paying a vibrant, honest tribute to the everyday men and women of the American South, giving regular folks and self-perceived ‘nobodies’ a much needed, heartwarming voice in these times of political turmoil.
A full-format SOLO V exhibition page is coming shortly to include entire portfolios, short statements from each photographer, juror Joel Sternfeld’s forewords on SOLO V Winner Rob Stephenson’s work, as well as his dedicated FILM TALKS interview!