ROCKPORT – Maine Media Workshops and College is calling for submissions for the 2022 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture. This $20,000 award is presented annually to a photographer whose work represents a new direction in photographic portraiture.
“It’s about finding work that a photographer hasn’t released to the public at any stage in their career,” said Elizabeth Greenberg, provost of Maine Media College.
Former Arnold Newman Prize winners have become outstanding ambassadors for the medium of photography. “It’s work that starts a conversation that’s important now,” she said.
Recent winners included Louie Palu (2019), whose entry Arctic Passage addressed climate change and the impact of environmental issues. The project included large and small format portrait prints frozen in blocks of ice that melt over the course of a day-long installation.
Jon Henry (2020) received the award for his series Stranger Fruit, made in response to the brutal and senseless killings of black men by police, and was listed in Time Magazine’s 100 Next in 2021. Even with smartphones and dashcams recording the actions, more lives are being ended due to unnecessary and excessive violence.
The 2021 winner, Rashod Taylor, is an emerging contemporary photographer who uses the frames and methods associated with the history of portraiture to reflect on his own family’s narrative in America today. His photographs are deeply rooted in photographic traditions and break new ground. Intimacy and honesty speak to an understaffed chapter of the United States: the Black American experience, particularly the father-son relationship, is a focus of his work.
“My work deals with themes of race, culture, family and legacy and these images are a family album of sorts, filled with friends and family, birthdays, holidays and everyday life. At the same time, these pictures tell you more than my family history; They are a window into the experience of Black Americans. As I document my son, I’m interested in exploring his childhood and the world he navigates,” Taylor said.
The Arnold Newman Prize often comes at key moments in a photographer’s career. “The Arnold Newman Prize gave me the freedom to focus all my energies on a passion project,” said Daniella Zalcman, the 2017 awardee. “For me, there are few investments in a work that are more important than time. I am so grateful for the support of the Arnold Newman Prize and for the work I was able to produce as a result.”
Submissions for the 2022 award are now being accepted on Maine Media’s website. The closing date for entries is July 18, 2022. Visit mainemedia.edu/ANP for details and to submit work.
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