$20,000 Photographic Portrait Prize Accepting Submissions Through July 18 – Knox County VillageSoup

ROCKPORT – Maine Media Workshops and College is calling for nominations for the 2022 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Portrait Photography. This $20,000 prize is awarded annually to a photographer whose work shows a new direction in photographic portraiture.

“It’s about looking for work that has not yet been made visible to the public by a photographer at any stage of their career,” said Maine Media College provost Elizabeth Greenberg.

Previous winners of the Arnold Newman Prize have become formidable ambassadors for the photographic medium. “It’s conversation-starting work that’s essential to have now,” she said.

Recent winners include Louie Palu (2019) whose submission “Arctic Passage” addressed climate change and the impact of environmental issues. The project included large and small format portrait prints frozen in blocks of ice that melt during a one-day installation.

Jon Henry (2020) received the award for his “Stranger Fruit” series which was created in response to the brutal and senseless murders of black men at the hands of police, and was later listed on Time Magazine’s 2021 Next 100 . Even with smart phones and dash cams recording the actions, more lives are being cut short due to unnecessary and excessive violence.

Rashod Taylor, the 2021 winner, is an emerging contemporary photographer who uses the frames and methods allied with the history of portraiture to contemplate the narrative of his own family in contemporary America. His photographs are deeply rooted in photographic traditions and innovate. Intimacy and honesty speak to an outsourced chapter of the United States: the experience of black Americans, particularly the relationship between father and son, is at the center of his work.

“My work deals with themes of race, culture, family and heritage and these images are like a family scrapbook, filled with friends and family, birthdays, holidays and everyday life. At the same time, these images tell you more than my family history; they are a window into the black American experience. As I document my son, I am interested in examining his childhood and the world in which he sails,” Taylor said.

The Arnold Newman Award often comes at important times in a photographer’s career. “The Arnold Newman Prize has allowed me to focus all my energy on a passion project,” said Daniella Zalcman, winner of the 2017 prize. “For me, there are few greater investments in a work than time. I am very grateful for the support provided by the Arnold Newman Prize and the work I have been able to produce as a result.

Submissions for the 2022 award are now being accepted on Maine Media’s website. The submission deadline is July 18, 2022. Visit mainemedia.edu/ANP for more details and to submit work.

“Arctic Passage” by 2019 winner Louis Palu.

“Untitled 39” by 2020 winner Jon Henry.

© Daniella Zalcman, winner of the 2017 award

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