The 2018 Arnold Newman Prize For New Directions in Photographic Portraiture
About the Prize
Arnold Newman had an insatiable fascination with people and the physical world around him. In his work, he constantly explored the boundaries of portraiture and embodied the spirit of artistic innovation. He was also a passionate teacher–he taught at Maine Media Workshops + College every summer for over 30 years, inspiring hundreds of artists and sharing wisdom like, “we make photographs with our hearts and with our minds.” In honor of Arnold’s legacy as both a photographer and mentor, The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture recognizes excellence in a new generation of photographers by awarding $20,000 to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in the genre of portraiture. The prize, the second largest in the United States, is designed to assist the winner in continuing the pursuit of their work and to serve as a launching pad for the next phase of their careers.
Established in 2009 by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation, the prize is generously funded by the Foundation and proudly administered by Maine Media Workshops + College.
Congratulations to our 2018 Winner + Finalists!
On behalf of the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation and Maine Media Workshops + College, we would like to congratulate the 2018 Winner and Finalists of the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture. The 2018 winner is Viktoria Sorochinski, for her series “Daddy”. The finalists are Juul Kraijer “Muse”, Francesco Pergolesi “Heroes”, and Donna Pinckley “Sticks and Stones”.
We are excited to share that an exhibition of work by the winner and finalists will be on view at the Griffin Museum of Photography in October of this year.
Viktoria Sorochinski, “Daddy“
Viktoria Sorochinski is a Ukrainian-born Canadian artist currently working and living in Berlin, Germany. Sorochinski acquired her Masters of Fine Arts from New York University in 2008. In the past ten years she has had nearly 60 exhibitions in 18 countries throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Sorochinski’s work is published and reviewed in over 70 international publications including her monograph “Anna & Eve” published in Germany by Peperoni Books in 2013. She is also a winner and finalist of numerous international competitions, fellowships and awards, such as Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Lucie Award (IPA-Discovery of the Year), LensCulture Exposure Award/Emerging Talent Award, Felix Scholler Award, Visible White Photo Prize (Celeste Prize), Magenta Flash Forward, PDN Photo Annual, J.M.Cameron Award, Voies Off Arles Award, Review Santa Fe, Descubrimientos PHE, BluePrint Fellowship and Canada Council for the Arts Grant among others.
“I’m truly thrilled and honored to be the winner of the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture 2018! The recognition of my work by this prestigious award is one of the greatest achievements in my career as an artist-photographer to date. For many years Arnold Newman’s masterful photographic portraiture has been an inspiration for me. I feel really overwhelmed and thankful to the judges for selecting my project as the winner. I have worked on the series DADDY for nearly 10 years and I care deeply about this work and the subject of father-daughter relationships that it portrays. I am really happy that this work is going to get wide exposure thanks to the Arnold Newman Prize.”
Juul Kraijer, “Muse“
In the twenty years since she graduated from art school, Juul Kraijer’s meticulous, exploratory methods have yielded an authentic, consistent oeuvre of predominantly drawings, and several sculptures and videos. Her work has been shown widely and is in the collection of many mainly European museums.
Recently she has concentrated on making photographs, expanding and deepening her photographic universe with characteristic single-mindedness. juulkraijer.com
Francesco Pergolesi “Heroes”
Francesco Pergolesi was born in Venice in 1975. After a law degree he decided to dedicate his life entirely to photography and installations. His work explores the territory of memories. Every shot is a theater scene. He lives and works between Rome and Barcelona. francescopergolesi.com
Donna Pinckley “Sticks and Stones”
Donna Pinckley was born in Louisiana and has lived in the South all her life. Her work has dealt with the human condition and the intimate relationship between the subject and her audience and has evolved into her current body of work that deals with racism. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from University of Texas at Austin.
She has received Visual Artist Fellowships from the Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA and the Arkansas Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 200 solo/juried shows and included in several public collections, such as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, the University of VeraCruz at Xalapa, VeraCruz, Mexico, and the Photographic Collection at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.
In 2017, she received the Beth Block Honorarium from the Houston Center for Photography’s Member’s Show and in 2016, she was the first recipient of the Josephine Herrick Photography Award for combining photography with social justice. Also, that year, she was selected for PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass Top 50 exhibition. In both 2015 and 2014, she won Honorable Mention in the Black and White Spider Awards and in 2013, she won third place at The International Photography Awards. She has been published in GEO Germany, Black and White (UK), The Photo Review magazine, Photography Quarterly and the online publications, www.slate.com and www.theguardian.com and www.huffingtonpost.com. She is currently Professor of Art at the University of Central Arkansas. donnapinckley.com
ARNOLD NEWMAN AND MAINE MEDIA WORKSHOPS
Arnold Newman began his relationship with Maine in the late 1970’s, traveling from his home in New York City each summer to join a host of other renowned photographers in Rockport, who were teaching at the Maine Photographic Workshops, now known as Maine Media Workshops. For Arnold, Maine was a place of inspiration and rejuvenation and the Workshops a place to see old friends, be immersed in photography and share his work and experiences through teaching. He never came to Maine for just his workshop; it was always a longer stay. For more than thirty years, Arnold and his wife Augusta were vital influences among the Workshops community.
I first met Arnold at the Workshops in the summer of 1990. On a hot summer night, I sat in the crowded Union Hall Theater to listen to his lecture, and see the images illustrating his long and extraordinary life as a photographer. It was a lecture he would give every year, and each year, he would begin by asking the young photographers in the audience if they knew of the notable subjects in his photographs – always imploring that we must know our history, telling his audience, “we learn from the past.”
It would be a very long lecture. Arnold loved to tell stories. His stories are pretty hard to beat – how many people can share with you their personal account of photographing the man responsible for curing polio or, every President since Truman? Photographing Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, on the day the Anne Frank House opened to the public or nearly every artist of note in the 20th century? About spending a day with Picasso? Being with Arnold was like being with a walking, talking history book.
I, like so many others in that crowded Union Hall Theater for Arnold’s slide show, was captivated by the way each image appeared to emerge from the innermost essence of the sitter. These were not ordinary pictures of people. Rather, they evinced the spirits of individuals engaged in their various pursuits, their innermost psyches, and their most honest moments. He has provided the world some of the most memorably significant and truest depictions of important figures in the areas of politics, sciences, and of course, the arts. For many admirers of these subjects, Arnold’s are the quintessential images.
During his extended visits to the Workshops, Arnold would act as an unofficial artist in residence. Many would enjoy the company of Arnold and Augusta for meals under the dining tent, where Arnold would regale his listeners with yet more stories. After all, he had a lifetime of extraordinary experiences to share! Frequently, Arnold would ask young photographers to come sit with him and would ask to see their work. On more than one occasion, one of those informal portfolio reviews launched the career of a now well regarded photographer.
Arnold was always a teacher, when he was in the classroom, delivering a lecture, or even just sharing a meal. To learn from Arnold, was to learn from a great master of craft, a visionary photographer and genuinely learned man. He helped many understand, in a most profound way, what it is to be an artist. I am now a teacher. My students know that I do so love to tell “Arnold” stories, stories of my time working with him and to recount his many stories as a way to teach history. To a great extent, it was through these stories that I learned.
The life and work of Arnold Newman have had tremendous impact on the world, on those who know him only through his photographs as well as on those who have had the great fortune to know him personally. He shared with the world his keen observations of the great figures in our history; now, he is a part of that history, and an indelible part of the history of the Workshops.
~ Elizabeth Thomsen Greenberg, Rockport, March 2010
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Header Image Credit: Viktoria Sorochinski