The winner is SORA PARK

The series “Bei mir, bei Dir” (2018-2021) convinced the jury

Sora Park (* 1991 in Gimpo, South Korea) is the winner of the August Sander Prize 2022. She convinced the jury with her presented series “Bei mir, bei Dir”, 2018-2021. Park is currently studying at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. She previously studied at Sunchon National University in Suncheon, South Korea, in the Department of Photographic Arts.

Sora Park explains the context in which the award-winning series was born: “When I moved from South Korea to Germany in 2015, I made a conscious effort to […] meeting new people As a photography student, it seemed natural to me that part of getting to know each other was taking pictures. When I met someone new, I started […] talking for several hours until the person felt comfortable or relaxed, then I took a single photo with a large format analog camera ”.
Each character photographs Sora Park in their own home or in their own, with some individuals portrayed in both locations. “I want to compare and contrast the way people react and behave at home or in a new place”, says the photographer, “but I’m also interested in capturing a person’s mood and finding out what their facial expressions are. , gestures and body language conveys the relationship with the surrounding environment reveals about them.

The jury with Dr. Anja Bartenbach (founding family), Gabriele Conrath-Scholl (The Photographic Collection / SK Foundation Culture), Prof. Dr. Ursula Frohne (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Albrecht Fuchs (artist, Cologne) and Dr. Roland Augustin (Moderne Galerie / Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken) was captivated by the coherent concept of the series and the finely explored and balanced interplay of portraits and space studies. With psychological flair and respect for her counterpart, Sora Park has managed to approach the person individually, capturing their uniqueness and current state. Regardless of whether they are at peace, questioning, curious, slightly distant or waiting, they all appear very present in the photographed situation and surrounded by space. The conscious and safe use of large format analog technology with negative dimensions of 4 x 5 inches (10.2 x 12.7 cm) is an important means. Longer preparations and a high degree of concentration are required to obtain an appropriate image result. Sora Park only takes one shot at a time, which further intensifies the intensity of the work.

The August Sander Prize was first awarded in 2018 by the Photo Collection / SK Stiftung Kultur, donated by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach. The award combines the idea of ​​promoting young contemporary artistic approaches in the sense of factual-conceptual photography, with a particular focus on the human portrait. The response to the third call was also very broad, with more than 100 applications from Germany and abroad.

The date of the awards ceremony has not yet been announced.

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The August Sander Archive acquired by the SK Stiftung Kultur of Sparkasse KölnBonn in 1992, which includes not only the artistic heritage but also the image rights of August Sander, forms the cornerstone of the Photo Collection / SK Stiftung Kultur. It is the largest collection in the world of original works by the photographer (1876-1964). In view of Sander’s factual and conceptual photography, the collection has been expanded to include additional works by other historically important and contemporary artists who are related to his approach. The focus is also on the photographs of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Karl Blossfeldt, Jim Dine and many others. The exhibits are programmatically based on the inventory of the collection.

company contact
The Photographic Collection / SK Cultura Foundation
Gabriele Conrath-Scholl
In the multimedia park 7
50670 Cologne

press contact
SK Culture Foundation of Sparkasse KölnBonn
Ralph conventions
In the multimedia park 7
50670 Cologne

Image source: © Parco Sora, 2018-2021

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