UK photographer John Stezaker has won the u00a330,000 Deutsche Bu00f6rse Photography Prize 2012 with a series of collages featuring images found in books, magazines and postcards.

Picture: Courtesy of John Stezaker and The Approach, London

The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012 rewards a photographer who has made a significant contribution, in exhibition or publication format, to photography in Europe between 1 October 2010 and 30 September 2011.

Stezaker was shortlisted for an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London last year.

He beat Pieter Hugo (South Africa), Rinko Kawauchi (Japan), and Christopher Williams (USA).

A competition spokesman said: ‘Stezaker’s collages examine our multifaceted relationship with the image.

‘Through his juxtapositions of found photographs, illustrations and stills taken from books, magazines, vintage postcards and classic movies, Stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images to create new and poignant meanings.’

Chair of the judging panel Brett Rogers said the jury recognised Stezaker’s 30-year career that has explored ‘the subversive force of the found image’ and his influence on ‘a new generation of image-makers’.

He added: ‘Within the vastness of today’s image flow, Stezaker has managed to resurrect the power and uncanny mystery inherent in the still image – using traditional photographic strategies, most especially collage.’

Stezaker was presented with his prize at a ceremony held at The Photographers’ Gallery in London last night.

The best images are on show at The Photographers’ Gallery until 9 September.

  • Bruno

    “…managed to resurrect…”, yes he found them in a box. “Adopts the content …”, yes he stole.
    For next year, I might as well cut up my magazine clippings of Irving Penn, Avedon, Ansel Adams, and Cartier-Bresson photos and submit them to this competition as my commentary photos. Certainly they would qualify as commentary on this award. In fact, what I just wrote is enough of a commentary, so send me my Pulitzer Prize.
    “Photography” requires light. While this work may have some merit as collage or humor, it is not the “photography” of the awardee. He did not use light, he used glue (or a computer, as the case may be).

  • Neal Reed

    Wouldn’t this infringe on several dozen copyrights?? Ludicrous!