Last week young South African photographer Mikhael Subotzky and British Artist Patrick Waterhouse walked away with the coveted Discovery Award at the Les Rencontres D’Arles 2011 for their collaborative work Ponte City.
“The Rencontres d’Arles Discovery Award goes to a photographer or an artist making use of photography, whose work has recently been discovered internationally or deserves to be. The winner is chosen by a vote of photography professionals present in Arles during opening week and receives 25,000 euros. The nominators are all new executive directors of international institutions and each has chosen three nominees, whose work is exhibited.”
“The pair, who met while Subotzky was in residency in Italy, have spent the past three years documenting the decline of the tallest residential block in Africa to a ghetto. Comprising photographs of the Joburg building, found objects, interviews and historical archives, the body of work was presented at Arles in a towering installation.” via Artthrob