Jim Goldberg Wins Deutsche Börse Prize for Photography

Posted by David Ozanich — 27 Apr 2011

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In a bit of a surprise, San Francisco photographer Jim Goldberg won the £30,000 Deutsche Börse prize for photography in London last night. The Guardian reports:

The Magnum photographer, who has documented the experiences of refugees, immigrants and displaced people from Africa, the Middle East and eastern Europe since 1983 in a project titled Open See, triumphed over a shortlist that included fine art photographer Thomas Demand, whom many insiders considered the favourite. Goldberg, who lives in San Francisco, and won the 2007 Cartier- Bresson Prize for an earlier version of the same project, describes himself as a documentary storyteller.


Open See was shown to great acclaim at the Photographers' Gallery last year. It features polaroids, video stills, found images and hand-written text often using the words of his subjects.

The chair of the jury, Brett Rogers, praised Goldberg's "timely and inventive approach to documentary practice ... allowing these individuals to tell their own stories."

More on Goldberg and his work here.

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