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We are proud to announce The Grange Prize shortlist for 2010!

Today, we’re proud to announce the shortlist for the 2010 Grange Prize. Selected by an esteemed curatorial panel comprising AGO assistant curator of photography Sophie Hackett; Toronto-based art collector and curator Dr. Kenneth Montague; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, associate curator Dominic Molon; and MoCP curator Karen Irvine, the four finalists are:

Joshua Brand, American. Untitled 2008. Unique chromogenic print. © 2010 Joshua Brand

Josh Brand, an American photographer based in Brooklyn, New York, who creates unique photographic objects, or photograms, through darkroom experimentation, often without the use of a camera or film, rendering subtle gestures and effects in works, and suggesting representational elements while remaining emphatically abstract. Full bio.

Moyra Davey, Canadian. Shure, 2003, chromogenic print. © 2010 Moyra Davey

Moyra Davey, a Canadian photographer, writer, and filmmaker living and working in New York City, whose intimate, poetic, and modestly scaled visual essays – documenting domestic objects, studio ephemera, and books – stand in contrast to the driving trends of contemporary photography. Full bio.

Leslie Hewitt, American. Riffs in Real Time (10 of 10), chromogenic print. © 2010 Leslie Hewitt

Leslie Hewitt, an American photographer living and working in Houston and New York City, who uses photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations to create photographic arrangements that address notions of time and space, culture and representation. Full bio.

Kristan Horton, Canadian, Orbit: Dorknob, 2009. chromogenic print © 2010 Kristan Horton

Kristan Horton, a Canadian photographer living and working in Toronto, whose multi-disciplinary works incorporate sculpture, drawing, photography, and video. His practice involves extensive research and inventive, experimental uses of digital technology, often utilizing humour and repetition in novel ways. Full bio.

This year, the jury focused on artists who challenge us to think about what a photograph can be. The four artists create works that engage science, sculpture, cinema, and literature, all the while addressing photography’s rich history. To read the full release, click here.

Mark your calendars now, as public voting begins September 22nd. In the meantime, keep checking thegrangeprize.com over the summer because we’ll be introducing you to each of the artists, telling you more about the prize, and continuing the conversation about photography today with photographers, critics, curators, thinkers, and you.


  • http://www.taelorb.com Taelor

    I’m surprised that a Canadian grant is even eligible to American citizens. Why is that?

  • http://www.taelorb.com Taelor

    I’m surprised that a Canadian grant is even eligible to American citizens. Why is that?

  • d

    “I’m surprised that a Canadian grant is even eligible to American citizens. Why is that?”

    agreed, three of the four finalists live in the states. i know where my votes going.

  • d

    “I’m surprised that a Canadian grant is even eligible to American citizens. Why is that?”

    agreed, three of the four finalists live in the states. i know where my votes going.

  • cascol

    I knew and greatly respected Sam Grange. If he could see the works chosen as finalists for a substantial award given in his name, I think he would roll over in his grave.

  • cascol

    I knew and greatly respected Sam Grange. If he could see the works chosen as finalists for a substantial award given in his name, I think he would roll over in his grave.

  • http://www.thegrangeprize.com AGO Toronto

    Hey everybody,

    Thanks for your comments!

    Just to clear a couple things up:

    Taelor and d: The Grange Prize is not actually a grant, but a prize with an international component. Each year, Aeroplan and the AGO partner with an international country and institution. Two of the finalists come from Canada, and two from the partner country. In 2008, the partner was China. Last year, it was Mexico, and this year, the USA. It’s a great way to build international bridges for Canadian photographers, and a terrific boost all four incredible artists.

    To Cascol: We also respect Sam Grange’s legacy, and we hope that as you find out more about this incredible group of photographers, as the summer rolls on and we’re able to post a lot of dynamic content about them and their work right here on the blog, your opinion of their work will change. Stay with us!

    Glad to see that The Grange Prize is already stimulating discussion about contemporary photography. Let’s keep it going!

  • http://www.thegrangeprize.com AGO Toronto

    Hey everybody,

    Thanks for your comments!

    Just to clear a couple things up:

    Taelor and d: The Grange Prize is not actually a grant, but a prize with an international component. Each year, Aeroplan and the AGO partner with an international country and institution. Two of the finalists come from Canada, and two from the partner country. In 2008, the partner was China. Last year, it was Mexico, and this year, the USA. It’s a great way to build international bridges for Canadian photographers, and a terrific boost all four incredible artists.

    To Cascol: We also respect Sam Grange’s legacy, and we hope that as you find out more about this incredible group of photographers, as the summer rolls on and we’re able to post a lot of dynamic content about them and their work right here on the blog, your opinion of their work will change. Stay with us!

    Glad to see that The Grange Prize is already stimulating discussion about contemporary photography. Let’s keep it going!

  • Mary Eastwood

    I agree with Cascol. There are so many many good photographers out there. In Canada & in the U.S.

    I love that the fact that it is partnership with another country however did you not have enough entries? Perhaps the pictures we are seeing now are not enough to go by.

  • Mary Eastwood

    I agree with Cascol. There are so many many good photographers out there. In Canada & in the U.S.

    I love that the fact that it is partnership with another country however did you not have enough entries? Perhaps the pictures we are seeing now are not enough to go by.

  • WpgGord

    This contest is fundamentally stupid. If you are going to open it to photographers outside of Canada, then open it to all countries, not just one you arbitrarily select. And if you are going to have the public vote for the winner, then let the public choose the short list as well! As you have it now, the whole things seems incredibly contrived.

  • Fraser

    I think it will definitely be a tough choice. All four of these photographers appear to have a great eye for detail and the photos on this page just look neat! Ha ha. I keep wishing that some day I will be in the same position as these fine folks.

    -Fraser

  • http://www.ago.net Art Gallery of Ontario

    We appreciate your comments, and in the interest of vibrant conversation we're posting them, but want to clarify a few things as well.

    The Grange Prize isn't a contest, it's an art prize designed to focus on the best in contemporary international photography and stimulate discussion about key artists working in the field. The nominating jury is an essential part of that process – they're experts in the field, ensuring that the shortlist includes not only artists whose work is well known or accessible to the public, but who challenge the boundaries of the medium, and make us think. The public then examines the field and chooses the winner, hopefully having discussions and learning about contemporary photography along the way.

    The rotation of partner countries gives focus to the prize by narrowing the field, and fosters relationships with international countries and institutions, one by one.

    Thanks again for being part of the conversation, and we hope you're already thinking about who you'll vote for this fall!

  • Karinmichael

    heard on the radio that I could vote. How do I go about it? Could not find a link.
    Thanks
    Karin Michael

  • http://www.ago.net Art Gallery of Ontario

    Hi Karin, to vote please head to http://www.TheGrangePrize.com or you can vote in person at the Gallery.