Daniel Shea Wins 2018 Foam Paul Huf Award
March 8, 2018
American photographer Daniel Shea has won the 2018 Foam Paul Huf Award for photographers under the age of 35. Administered by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, the award includes a cash prize of €20,000 (approx. $24,635) and an exhibition at the museum. Shea was recognized for his book and project 43-35 10th Street (Kodoji Press, 2018), in which Shea utilizes a variety of imaging techniques to analyze “architecture and its relationship to ideological and socioeconomic shifts,” Shea writes in an artist statement.
Shea began the project by observing the residential real estate development in his own neighborhood in the Long Island City section of Queens, New York, then incorporated images of Brasilia, the modernist, federal capital of Brazil, and of a post-industrial California town. “Architectural forms, from disparate places and historical moments, evolve and echo,” Shea writes. If modernist architecture reflected a utopia of civic engagement, neoliberalism’s departure comes in the form of a utopia of consumer engagement.”
“Using a variety of visual mediums, Shea’s work explores the complexity and ambiguities of urban development in his home city, New York. Drawing from his experience as a commercial photographer, Shea presents us with a seductive and disconcerting world of concrete, steel and glass, which traverses the boundaries of fact and fiction,” the award jury said in a statement. “His latest body of work, 43-35 10th Street, allows us to reflect on late capitalism and its effects on a changing city landscape.”
Jurors for the award included publisher Gregory Barker, ICP assistant curator Marina Chao, curator and consultant Tristan Lund, New York Times photo editor Whitney Richardson and curator and educator Lars Willumeit.
This is the 12th year Foam has given the award, named for Dutch photographer Paul Huf (1924–2002), who had a hand in establishing Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam in 2001. Previous winners are Raphaël Dallaporta, Daniel Gordon, Alexander Gronsky, Leonie Hampton, Pieter Hugo, Momo Okabe, Alex Prager, Taryn Simon, Mikhael Subotzky, Daisuke Yakota, the duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebsd, and Romain Mader.
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