The Winner Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2013
Evgenia Arbugaeva / “Tiksi”
Visitors and employees at the Leica factory in Solms are greeted with exhibitions in the foyer that change each month and deal with an extremely wide range of themes. The aim is to present the entire spectrum of artistic and journalistic work carried out with Leica cameras, as well as the company's own cultural projects.
The current exhibition is dedicated to the photo projects of the two prizewinners of the prestigious competition for professional photographers, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2013.
The winner of the competition is Evgenia Arbugaeva from Siberia with her photo series "Tiksi". The theme of the series is everyday Arctic life in the photographer's home town. Once a strategic military and science hub in the middle of the Siberian tundra, the port has long lost its air of importance. After the fall of USSR, when government stopped financing it's northern projects more then a half of population have left the town in search for a better future.
In haunting and poetic images, the photographer evokes the fascinating beauty of the Arctic icescape and the people who live there. Her images are stark and without distracting detail, presenting everyday scenes of life in the harsh environment that show how the inhabitants come to terms with the permanent cold. Despite the harsh conditions, the photographer paints a very affectionate picture of her homeland and the images exude an almost fairy tale-like charm.
Ciril Jazbec, winner of the 2013 Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for emerging talents with his photo series "Waiting to move", focuses on the everyday life and the dying traditions of the Inupiaq Eskimos in Shishmaref. Situated on an extremely narrow island off the north west coast of Alaska, the village is jeopardized by the climate change and the consequent rise of the sea level. To preserve the community, the inhabitants voted in 2002 in favor of a complete resettlement of the village to the nearby mainland. Ever since then they have been waiting for the American government to appropriate the funds necessary to finance the move. Ciril Jazbec's emotional images capture the mood of waiting and at the same time record the solidarity of a small community between tradition and modern times.
|Januar 2013||Frank Hallam Day & Piotr Zbierski||Gewinner des Oscar Barnack Preises 2012|
|Februar - März 2013||Udo Bernhart||Südtirol kulinarisch|
|April 2013||Yan Kang Yang||Tibetan Land|
|Mai - Juli 2013||Nick Rains||Elevated Perspectives|
|Juli - August 2013||James Whitlow Delano||Selling Spring - Sex Workers Series|
|September 2013||Benedicte Lassalle||On My Side of Town|
|Oktober-November 2013||Ragnar Axelsson||Last Days of the Arctic|
|Dezember - Januar 2014||Evgenia Arbugaeva||Tiksi|
|Dezember - Januar 2014||Ciril Jazbec||Waiting to move|
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