Winner to be announced May 16
TORONTO, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Three outstanding Canadian photographers, Stan Douglas, Angela Grauerholz and Robert
Walker, have been shortlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA), Canada's largest annual peer reviewed award honouring the work of
contemporary Canadian photographers. SPA founder and world-renowned
photographer Edward Burtynsky made the announcement on March 5 in
Toronto, alongside Jane Nokes, Scotiabank's Director, Archives,
Corporate Records and Fine Art, and Jacqueline Ryan, Vice-President of
Sponsorships and Partnership Programs.
2013 marks the third year of the SPA, which was established by Burtynsky
and Nokes and is designed to provide support to the winning artist as
he or she reaches for the next level of national and international
Stan Douglas, Vancouver
Nominated by: Robert Bean, Independent Artist and Writer and Professor
of Photography at NSCAD University
Based in Vancouver, Stan Douglas has created films, photographs, and
installations that reexamine particular locations or past events. His
works often take their points of departure in local settings, from
which broader issues can be identified. He works with popular media:
photography, film, storytelling, public spectacle, and soon, mobile
Angela Grauerholz, Montreal
Nominated by: Carol Podedworny, Director and Chief Curator, McMaster
Museum of Art
Since Angela Grauerholz's first significant body of work, The Portraits, 1983 - 1985, the Hamburg-born artist has questioned the accepted norms of
photography, both in terms of content and process. Having influenced
and taught many generations of graphic designers in Quebec, Angela has
received numerous awards for her design work, and has worked for many
distinguished artists and art institutions across Canada.
Robert Walker, Montreal
Nominated by: Lynne Cohen, Artist and Inaugural Winner of the Scotiabank
Photography Award (2011)
An innovative artist, Robert Walker has been committed to probing the
boundaries of photography for more than 30 years. Born in Montreal,
Robert graduated from Sir George Williams University in 1969 and
developed a keen interest in street photography in the 1970s. After
working for more than thirty years in dense urban environments, Walker
decided to engage the natural world and for the past five years
concentrated on photographing flowers.
"The selection of Stan, Angela and Robert further underlines the
commitment of the SPA and the juries to search for excellence in
Canadian contemporary photography," said Burtynsky. "They were selected
for the power of their images and the fearlessness those images embody.
Their talent is undeniable and their impressive work underscores why we
established the Scotiabank Photography Award. I must also add that we
could not have selected such quality finalists without the passion and
commitment of our jurors who have devoted so much time to this
"We are thrilled to be able to share with all Canadians the amazing work
of these three exceptional artists," said Nokes. "For three years now
we have watched with pride how the SPA has grown audiences and the
careers of talented Canadian photographic artists."
"The SPA offers a tremendous opportunity to see the world in a different
way," Ryan added. "We are pleased to be supporting the SPA, knowing
that the work of these artists is a source of great inspiration to so
many of Scotiabank's customers and communities around the world."
The shortlist was selected from works nominated by experts prominent in
the Canadian photography and art sectors. Nominators include curators,
photographers, artists, gallery directors, art writers, professors and
critics from across the country.
The SPA jury members who selected the shortlist are three of Canada's
leading art professionals:
William Ewing, Director of Curatorial Projects, Thames & Hudson/London/New
Karen Love, Independent Curator and Writer, Director of Foundation and Government
Grants, Vancouver Art Gallery
Ann Thomas, Curator, Photographs Collection, National Gallery of Canada
The winner of the SPA receives a cash prize of $50,000, a book of their
work to be published and distributed worldwide by Steidl of Germany,
the renowned art photography publisher, and an exhibition at the
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in 2014. The two runners up
receive a cash prize of $5,000 each.
Burtynsky is one of Canada's leading art photographers and has exhibited
his work around the world. He serves as Chair of the SPA. As
Scotiabank's Director of the Fine Art Collection and Corporate
Archives, Nokes has transformed Scotiabank into one of Canada's leading
corporate patrons of the arts, with collections of work spanning four
decades that feature some of Canada's top photographic artists. She
serves as Executive Director of the SPA.
In addition to the SPA, Scotiabank is committed to backing the arts
through its support of numerous arts and cultural festivals and events,
including Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Scotiabank Buskerfest and the
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
The 2013 SPA winner will be announced on May 16, 2013. The website for
the Scotiabank Photography Award, www.scotiabankphotoaward.com has been relaunched today and contains extensive new content on all of
the 2013 finalists including images and biographies.
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and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around
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