By Alan Behr
NEW YORK, 28 APRIL 2013 Photojournalism has been a stud farm
of fine-art photography almost since the first print publications began
including photographs to illustrate text. Now in its third iteration, the
Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial Competition is sponsored by the Hearst
Corporation to help the next generation of media photographers (aged 18 to
35) bring their work into public view. Images by the eight winners
(from four countries) and ten honorable mention recipients are on view in
two galleries inside the Norman Foster-designed atrium of Hearst Tower in
Perhaps because of the vastness of the atrium, the photographers were
encouraged to print big; even though they cover a broad range of what
media photography typically delivers, the collected works are thereby
united by their monumentality. Laura Morton, a San Francisco newspaper
photographer, chose black and white for her series about Bay Area high
society. It was an act of courage on her part; too many curators and
critics believe that photojournalism becomes fine art only when the
subject is people who are less well off than curators and critics.
Although recognizably made in the tradition of Larry Fink, Mortons images evidence
a somewhat gentler and more forgiving touch.
Another winner, Jordan Baumgarten, went in an opposite thematic
direction; in the belief that he needed to get in touch with his
masculinity, the Pennsylvanian devoted a year toward mastering what to him
was about the most masculine thing he could do: learn and practice the
craft of hunting. The result is a color portfolio of stark and simple
images, freely employing negative space to showcase both the isolation of
the hunter in the wild and, by implication if this is not reading too
much into it his emotional isolation back home.
Open to all U.S. and international freelance, amateur and professional
photographers and students, the 2013 Hearst contest received more
than 1,600 entries from across the U.S. and 78 additional countries.
2013 Award Recipients
· Laura Morton,
· Michael Massaia, New
· Jordan Baumgarten,
· Karen Miranda, New
· Tomasz Lazar, Poland
· Al Palmer, U.K.
· Kiana Hayeri, Canada
· Caleb Cole,
2013 Honorable Mentions
· Jack Latham, U.K.
· Jared Tyler, Michigan
· Aneta Bartos, New
· Diana Markosian, New
· Nico Chaipperini,
· Noga Shtainer,
· Probal Rashid,
· Tony Luong,
· Vitor Sah,
· Serrah Russell,
Through 31 August 2013
Alexey Brodovitch Gallery and
300 W. 57th Street
Tel: (1) 212 649 24 61 .
An attorney based in New York, Alan Behr writes on photography
for Culturekiosque. He will contribute images to the summer exhibition at
Leica Gallery in New York.
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