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Congratulations to Luke Willis Thompson. Not only has he been nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize, one of the world's most renowned visual arts awards, but he has also been awarded the equally prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018.

"The £30,000 prize was awarded to Thompson for his uncompromising filmic installation piece Autoportrait, 2017. The work presents a ‘collaborative’ and silent portrait of a young US woman, Diamond Reynolds, who was catapulted into the media spotlight after she live-broadcast the moments immediately following the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer.    

Bringing the qualities of a photograph to a moving image format, the 2018 jury deemed that Thompson’s project raised powerful and resonant issues around the nature and role of photography today while calling into question prescient issues around image control, authorship and distribution."

The exhibition of all four DBPFP18 shortlisted artists, Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson is on display at the The Photographers' Gallery, London until 3 Jun 2018 and subsequently travels to the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt as part of the photo triennial RAY 2018 from 22 Jun until 9 Sep 2018.

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Congratulations to Alex Plumb who has been awarded the Auckland Festival of Photography 2018 Annual Commission. 

Plumb’s latest work will be shown at Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland from 31 May to 22 June. 

Baker Douglas are proud sponsors of the Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission and the Auckland Festival of Photography Digital Guide, AFP 2018 (available online through iTunes and Google Play from May 7th).

Images: Alex Plumb, The Luring (2017) and Rosario (2016) 


Luke Willis Thompson has been shortlisted for the 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. The four artists shortlisted for the 21st edition of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize are Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson. The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony in May 2018 at The Photographers' Gallery in London.

Works by the shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at The Photographers' Gallery London from 23 February until 3 June 2018 and subsequently tour to the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main as part of the triennial RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/Rhein Main 2018.

 Luke Willis Thompson,  Autoportrait , 2017, Installation view, Chisenhale Gallery 2017. Photo: Andy Keate  "Luke Willis Thompson's 35mm film  Autoportrait  is a silent portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In July 2016, Reynolds used Facebook Live to broadcast the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer during a traffic-stop in Minnesota, United States. Reynolds' video circulated widely online and amassed over six million views. In November 2016, Thompson established a conversation with Reynolds, and her lawyer, and invited her to work with him on the production of an artwork. Thompson wanted to make an aesthetic response that could act as a 'sister-image' to Reynolds' video broadcast, which would break with the well known image of Reynolds, caught in a moment of violence and distributed within a constant flow of news. In June 2017, Reynolds' original video was played to a jury as evidence. Despite the abundance of visual information, the officer who killed Castile was acquitted of all charges. autoportait continues to reopen a question of the agency of Reynolds' recording within, outside of, and beyond the conditions of predetermined racial power structures." www.deutscheboersephotographyfoundation.org/en

Luke Willis Thompson, Autoportrait, 2017, Installation view, Chisenhale Gallery 2017. Photo: Andy Keate

"Luke Willis Thompson's 35mm film Autoportrait is a silent portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In July 2016, Reynolds used Facebook Live to broadcast the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer during a traffic-stop in Minnesota, United States. Reynolds' video circulated widely online and amassed over six million views. In November 2016, Thompson established a conversation with Reynolds, and her lawyer, and invited her to work with him on the production of an artwork. Thompson wanted to make an aesthetic response that could act as a 'sister-image' to Reynolds' video broadcast, which would break with the well known image of Reynolds, caught in a moment of violence and distributed within a constant flow of news. In June 2017, Reynolds' original video was played to a jury as evidence. Despite the abundance of visual information, the officer who killed Castile was acquitted of all charges. autoportait continues to reopen a question of the agency of Reynolds' recording within, outside of, and beyond the conditions of predetermined racial power structures." www.deutscheboersephotographyfoundation.org/en


Janet Lilo 2017 Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission.

Janet Lilo b. 1982 (Ngapuhi, Samoan and Niuean) works in digital photography, video and installation. Her art practice explores experimental documentary and drawing processes for exhibition, performance and archive. She is interested in documentation as a conversational and social tool for recording time, people and place – often with reference to popular culture. Janet is an active member of Whau the People community arts collective, staunch supporter of the underdog and proud mother of Harry, Milo and Manaia.

Recent projects include Status Update, Te Uru Gallery, 2016; The Normandy Research Project, Pacifiques in Normandy, France 2014 - 2015; Right of Way, Fifth Auckland Triennial at Artspace, 2013; Hit Me With Your Best Shot (commissioned by The Physics Room) for Christchurch and Wellington City Gallery. Lilo graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Masters in Visual Arts, 2006.

The 2017 Auckland Festival of Photography Digital Guide (AFP 2017) is available through iTunes or on Google Play.


See Urbis Issue 98 for details of our latest Photobook App for mobile and tablet, Lisa Reihana: Emissaries, 2017 (this is a digital version of the full printed publication released by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki for the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia). Published in association with the Patrons of New Zealand at Venice.


Photobook App launch, Unseen City: Gary Baigent, Rodney Charters, and Robert Ellis in Sixties Auckland (including a 10 minute short film with audio track by Rodney Charters), Baker Douglas, 2016.

With thanks to Robert Leonard, Andrew Clifford, City Gallery Wellington, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.


Exhibition opening event at MONA, On the Origin of Art, until 17 April 2017.

On the Origin of Art includes work by the Aotearoa New Zealand artist Fiona Pardington. The exhibition is accompanied by a large publication of the same name with essays by each of the curators: Steven Pinker, Geoffrey Miller, Brian Boyd and Mark Changizi with a foreword by David Walsh and an introduction by Elizabeth Pearce.


Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation book signing on the last day of her survey exhibition A Beautiful Hesitation at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, June 2016. This book is also available as a Photobook App.  The print publication has now sold out.


A huge congratulations to Fiona Pardington on receiving the honour of Knight in the French Order of Arts and Letters from the Prime Minister of the French Repulic, Manuel Valls, in a ceremony at Auckland Museum last night. This is in recognition of Fiona's work within French museums and her contribution in 'significantly furthering the arts in France and throughout the world'.  Fiona is the first visual artist within New Zealand to receive this honour.

Related Publications:
Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation

Edited by Kriselle Baker and Aaron Lister
Fiona Pardington: The Pressure of Sunlight Falling
Edited by Kriselle Baker and Elizabeth Rankin