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The Grange Prize Videos – Kristan Horton on his Evolving Process and the ‘Orbits’ Series

Today is the big day – voting opens, the AGO exhibition launches, and all four artists will be at the AGO to talk about their work, and issues in contemporary photography tonight at 7 pm! And hey, it’s free!

Watch Kristan Horton explian how he makes his incredible Orbits series, and discuss his evolving process.

The Grange Prize Videos – Kristan Horton on Space, Perception, and “The Philosophical Itch”

In anticipation of the start of public voting on September 22, we’ll be posting a new video every day featuring one of the artists shortlisted for The Grange Prize all this week on the blog. You choose who take home the $50,000 on November 3, when the winner is announced at a free public ceremony at the AGO!

Kristan Horton is a Toronto-based artist, and one of the four shortlisted artists for The Grange Prize 2010. Here, Kristan talks about why he works in photography and discusses the medium’s relevance and importance today.

See Kristan and the three other artists nominated for The Grange Prize 2010 in person at The Grange Prize talk, hosted at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall on Wednesday, September 22 at 7pm. See the talk, check out the exhibition, and vote for your favourite, all on September 22!

Why is this a film?

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

“What I did with the camera was, in a sense, to snap off shots as I circled them, and encompassed them. And then each of those shots, they’re layered up. I guess they’re photographs. But they live somehwere between documentary photography, with this moving around, and formal aesthetic – an abstract formal aesthetic. They’re holding a line between these two possibilities of what they are.”

– Kristan Horton, nominee for The Grange Prize 2010

Who will you choose? Vote for your favourite online at or inside the exhibition at the AGO beginning September 22!

The Grange Prize Videos: Kristan Horton on Becoming an Artist

The Grange Prize web series continues with artist Kristan Horton, who shares the story of how he became an artist, and reflects upon why he chooses to work in photography. Take a look!

Stay tuned to over the next few weeks, where we’ll be regularly posting new videos and content featuring all four of the shortlisted artists – Americans Josh Brand and Leslie Hewitt, and Canadians Moyra Davey and Kristan Horton -, giving you the chance to get to know each of them before choosing whose work will gain your vote on September 22, when voting opens at!

Inside the artist’s studio

This week we’ve had the incredible opportunity to visit the studios of each of the four shortlisted artists. First stop: Kristan Horton’s studio in Toronto’s west-end. Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Photography, spoke to Kristan about why he chose to become an artist, why he works in photography, and Kristan talked us through his process in making his incredible ‘Orbits’ series, three of which are pictured hanging on the wall in the above image.

We’ll be posting excerpts from the interview on the blog later this month, so stay tuned. (Plus, we promise a special guest appearance from Kristan’s amazing cat, Hank., which you really don’t want to miss.)

Walking into Moyra Davey’s Washington Heights apartment is a little bit like walking into one of her photographs. Books and objects fill the shelves and surfaces, reflecting the importance of literature as an influence and objects as a subject in Davey’s practice. In conversation with Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Photography, Davey discussed the numerous artists and writers who have influenced her practice, reflected on the transition in photographic technology, and, much to our delight, showed us her cameras, explaining when and how she’s used each one in creating her work.

You’ll see excerpts from this conversation posted throughout the summer right here on The Grange Prize blog, so stay tuned!