Portrait Awards 2017 / LensCulture
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.

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

 

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from portraits that explore challenging social issues, to alternative processes that cleverly add layers of meaning and historical reference, to conceptual work that seems hyperreal or dream-like.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.

Art Will Set You Free
Conversation with Photographer Bill Phelps
As life was turning constantly during this past year, one of the things that constantly kept me looking, hoping...
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Dalton Paula: Portraits
Jul 29 – Oct 30, 2022
Dalton Paula works in painting, drawing, video, performance and sculpture around Afro-Brazilian histories and experiences. This exhibition focus in...
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The Summer's End
The summer's end is upon us, the respite from a life on pause rounded out. The pandemic in the...
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Futurities, Uncertain / 2022 Cornell Biennial
Jul 13 – Dec 18, 2022
Inviting celebratory imaginations and enactments, the 2022 Cornell Biennial performs an artistic call and response to counter singular utopic...
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Bernd & Hilla Becher
Jul 15 – Nov 6, 2022
Bernd & Hilla Becher changed the course of late 20th century photography. Working as a couple, they focused on...
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Our 5th Year Anniversary
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We are rounding out our fifth year with nearly 3 million visits strong. A very exciting journey it has...
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Deana Lawson
Various / 2022–2023
This exhibition is the first museum survey dedicated to the work of Lawson, a singular voice in photography today...
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Rencontres d’Arles 2022
Jul 4 – Sep 25, 2022
Artists who use the medium are there to remind us of what we want to neither hear nor see....
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Art Will Set You Free
Conversation with Photographer Bill Phelps
As life was turning constantly during this past year, one of the things that constantly kept me looking, hoping...
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Dalton Paula: Portraits
Jul 29 – Oct 30, 2022
Dalton Paula works in painting, drawing, video, performance and sculpture around Afro-Brazilian histories and experiences. This exhibition focus in...
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ARTPIL / Prescription .130
The Summer's End
Pack up the beach bags and the picnic baskets. Count the votes. Back to school, return to work, live the new normal.
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Futurities, Uncertain / 2022 Cornell Biennial
Jul 13 – Dec 18, 2022
Inviting celebratory imaginations and enactments, the 2022 Cornell Biennial performs an artistic call and response to counter singular utopic...
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Bernd & Hilla Becher
Jul 15 – Nov 6, 2022
Bernd & Hilla Becher changed the course of late 20th century photography. Working as a couple, they focused on...
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Our 5th Year Anniversary
ARTPIL / Prescription .129
We are rounding out our fifth year with nearly 3 million visits strong. A very exciting journey it has been, indeed.
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Deana Lawson
Various / 2022–2023
This exhibition is the first museum survey dedicated to the work of Lawson, a singular voice in photography today...
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Rencontres d’Arles 2022
Jul 4 – Sep 25, 2022
Artists who use the medium are there to remind us of what we want to neither hear nor see....
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