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Mar
08 2012

The Grange Prize: The UK in 2012

Syndicated from: AGO Art Matters

Philip Henry Delamotte, General View of The Crystal Palace from Water Temple. 1854. For The Grange Prize 2012, the AGO and Aeroplan are partnering with a European country for the first time: the United Kingdom. The region has a long history of invention and innovation in photography that continues to this day. William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877), one of the pioneers of the medium, invented the calotype process, which meant that multiple positive prints could be made from a negative, a process which remains in use today.  And photography’s popular appeal was assured in the UK once Queen Victoria and Prince Albert declared their delight for the medium in 1851 during the Great Exhibition of Industry of All Nations (also known as the Crystal Palace exhibition). Since then, a wealth of British, Scottish, Welsh and Irish photographers have enriched the world with their vision. From David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson’s moody portraits from the 1840s to the riotous compositions Gilbert & George still make today, UK photographers continue to make their mark. Robust groups of photographic societies, arts institutions, academic programs and festivals have flourished to support this activity, from the Victoria & Albert Museum to the Brighton Photo Biennial. All of this makes for an ideal moment to take a look at what’s happening in photography now in the UK and to discover the next generation, in dialogue with artists from Canada.  The contrast and similarities promise to deliver a new view on our contemporary moment. By Sophie Hackett, Assistant Curator, Photography at the AGO. Sophie is the lead juror of The Grange Prize 2012 and will curate The Grange Prize 2012 Exhibition, on view at the AGO this fall. More information about this year’s jurors can be found at thegrangeprize.com. Join the The Grange Prize mailing list and visit our Facebook page to receive updates, announcements, and exclusive invitations to Grange Prize 2012 events and programs.

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