The debate over the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

posted by Bridget on 07 September 2012

It is inevitable that Stezaker's success will divide opinion....

but what is remarkable is the uniform agreement by the leading photography critics in the UK in applauding the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize jury for breaking with the past and heralding in a new future for photography.

John Stezaker

You can read Sean O'Hagan's blog here in which he generously admits to changing his mind upon seeing Stezaker's work.

Lucy Davis from The Telegraph, media partner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, provides an insight into the man and how he works.

And the BJP's article has some great quotes from Francois Hebel, one of the jury members, who says.."Today, finally, we welcome photography in all its styles and approaches".

Usually a place for vociferous comments and debate from the photography community the BJP feature has elicited just one comment from Jim Colburn.

I cannot believe that this theft of other photographers' work and ideas has received this award, much less exhibits at prestigious galleries. Mr. Stezaker is not an artist, merely a leach living off the efforts of others. With so many real artists in the world it's a shame that he gets rewarded.

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