2017 LensCulture Portrait Awards
WINNERS & FINALISTS

Coco Amardeil

In this age of selfies and endless streams of instant images shared on the internet, an international jury of eight photography experts reviewed thousands of submissions from around the world to select 44 fresh, unique and diverse approaches to represent the possibilities of 21st century portraiture. Many of the featured portraits stand apart from the usual “likable” pictures we see in mainstream and social media; instead, they require a bit more time and contemplation to appreciate the richness that they hold.

This award-winning work covers a wide range of territory – from portraits that explore challenging social issues, to alternative processes that cleverly add layers of meaning and historical reference, to conceptual work that seems hyperreal or dream-like. Some portraits delve into the challenges of memories that fade and change over time, while others question personal identity when viewed as part of a religious or cultural group.

The jurors also chose personal favorites, which are presented here with commentary. All of the selected work – whether nuanced series or penetrating single images – demonstrate that portraits are unique in their power to captivate our gaze and show us something new and unexpected about each other and the world we live in.

 

SERIES WINNERS

 

1st PLACE SERIES
Cristina De Middel / Gentlemen’s Club
Mexico

 

Artpil LensCulture awards

2nd PLACE SERIES
Coco Amardeil / Come Hell or High Water
France

 

3rd PLACE SERIES
Harris Mizrahi / Inside Out
United States

Reading Time in Space
Modernism at mumok
This exhibit traces passages of time and artistic concepts, accounting the idea of an expanded concept of art, one...
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Towards No Earthly Pole / Julian Charrière
January 31 – March 21, 2020
Filmed at night, the dazzling landscapes captured are dramatically lit by a spotlight carried on a drone; as light...
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Katy Moran / Recent Paintings
Jan 11 – Feb 19, 2020
Recently described as an ​“abstract painter of figurative mood,” Moran enlists a wide scope of mark-making to conjure different...
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Botanical Drift / Ebbe Stub Wittrup
January 23 – May 17, 2020
As Ebbe Stub Wittrup follows in the footsteps of the Danish botanist Nathaniel Wallich, a narrative emerges on Western...
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Joanna Piotrowska
January 24 – March 7, 2020
The tension is triggered by the reversibility of the situations, gestures and actions staged, the suspended moment of an...
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ARTPIL / Prescription .109
Civilization and its Discontent
A State of emergency is declared in Canberra, Australia. The Novel coronavirus continues to spread. The Impeachment hearings in...
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Southern Rites / Gillian Laub
Various engagements / 2020
This small town symbolized the archetype of pastoral American life. Yet this idyllic place was also held hostage by...
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International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020
Jan 22 – Feb 2, 2020
One of the largest film festivals in the world, the IFFR presents over 500 feature, mid-length, and short films...
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Reading Time in Space
Modernism at mumok
This exhibit traces passages of time and artistic concepts, accounting the idea of an expanded concept of art, one...
+
Towards No Earthly Pole / Julian Charrière
January 31 – March 21, 2020
Filmed at night, the dazzling landscapes captured are dramatically lit by a spotlight carried on a drone; as light...
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Katy Moran / Recent Paintings
Jan 11 – Feb 19, 2020
Recently described as an ​“abstract painter of figurative mood,” Moran enlists a wide scope of mark-making to conjure different...
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Botanical Drift / Ebbe Stub Wittrup
January 23 – May 17, 2020
As Ebbe Stub Wittrup follows in the footsteps of the Danish botanist Nathaniel Wallich, a narrative emerges on Western...
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Joanna Piotrowska
January 24 – March 7, 2020
The tension is triggered by the reversibility of the situations, gestures and actions staged, the suspended moment of an...
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ARTPIL / Prescription .109
Civilization and its Discontent
A State of emergency is declared in Canberra, Australia. The Novel coronavirus continues to spread. The Impeachment hearings in...
+
Southern Rites / Gillian Laub
Various engagements / 2020
This small town symbolized the archetype of pastoral American life. Yet this idyllic place was also held hostage by...
+
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020
Jan 22 – Feb 2, 2020
One of the largest film festivals in the world, the IFFR presents over 500 feature, mid-length, and short films...
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