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Graciela Iturbide and Chema Conesa Win Top Prizes at PHotoEspaña
Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide is seen during the presentation of her exhibition at Casal Solleric de Palma, in Palma, Ballearic Islands, Spain. The exhibition features 180 pictures through 40 years of career. The exhibition runs from 18 June to 5 September 2010. EPA/MONTSERRAT T DIEZ.

MADRID.- PHotoEspaña has announced in a press conference the names of the winners of PHotoEspaña 2010. The director of PHotoEspaña, Claude Bussac, has announced the awards at Matadero Madrid with the presence of the top winners, Graciela Iturbide and Chema Conesa and the rest of the winning photographers and sponsors of the awards.

PHotoEspaña Baume & Mercier Award 2010 has gone to the photographer Graciela Iturbide (Mexico City, 1942). The photographer receives this award as recognition of her more than 40 years of professional career, in which she has become a fundamental figure of contemporary photography. Her images, full of beauty and power, have captured people and places of the whole world where she has acceded in a way close to the Anthropology and always from the respect. Iturbide, through tools like the patience and the invisibility reveals her amazing realities that spread beyond the borders of her natal country.

The prize endowed with 12.000 € for purchasing of work, a exclusive trophy designed by Eduardo Arroyo and a watch of the brand Baume & Mercier, has been awarded before to the photographers Malick Sidibé, Martin Parr, Robert Frank, Hiroshi Sugimoto, William Klein, William Eggleston, Helena Almeida, Nan Goldin, Duane Michals, Chema Madoz, Luis Gonzalez Palma and Josef Koudelka in recognition of their important role in the international photographic panorama.

Bartolomé Ros Award to the best Spanish career in photography, endowed with 12.000 €, has gone to Chema Conesa. The jury made up Rosa Ros, person in charge of Bartolomé Ros's legacy; Isabel Muñoz, photographer andBartolomé Ros Award winner in 2009; Rafael Levenfeld, curator of exhibitions; Pilar Citoler, collector and member of the patronage of the National Museum Center of Art Reina Sofia; and Alberto Anaut, president of PHotoEspaña, have wanted to recognize with this prize his photographic work, with special incident in the portrait; for his direction of the library PHotoBolsillo and for his work as graphical editor, both in press and in the publishing area.

The award granted by Bartolomé Ros's legacy, is endowed with 12.000 € and recognizes the contribution of a Spanish personality to the development of the photography in any of its fields, being like commissioner, author, historian, critic or through any other direct link with the photography. The winners in previous editions have been Isabel Muñoz, Ricard Terré, Javier Vallhonrat, Marta Gili, Alejandro Castellote, la librería Kowasa, Joan Fontcuberta, Alberto García-Alix, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, Ramón Masats, Cristina García Rodero and Publio López Mondéjar.

The winner of Discoveries PHE Brugal Extra Viejo Award have been Vanessa Winship for the series Sweet Nothings. The Prize will allow her to expose her work individually in PHotoEspaña 2011. In this series of portraits Winship hoped the symbol of the uniform, the distance in repetition, and the austerity of the landscape would represent one thing. She also seeked the expressions of the girls faces to draw attention to the idea of these young girls poised at the moment “just before”. The moment where possibility lies, a time where the presentation of self, teeters into consciousness.

The jury of Discoveries (Descubrimientos) PHE Brugal Extra Viejo have been made up Francisco Carpio, critic and independent curator; Brett Rogers, the Photographer's Gallery director, from London; and Markus Hartmann, the director of international publications of Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern. In previous editions have received this prize Alejandra Laviada, Yann Gross, Harri Palviranta, Stanislas Guigui, Vesselina Nikolaeva, Comenius Röthlisberger, Pedro Álvarez, Tanit Plana, Sophie Dubosc, Juan de la Cruz Megías, Paula Luttringer and Matías Costa.

Casado Santapau Gallery wins Saab Off Festival Award with the exhibition Yesterday´s Sandwich 1969/70 by Boris Mikhailov. The prize endowed with 6.000 Euros for the adquisition of works, is granted by a jury of experts to one of the galleries of the Off Festival after valuing the approach and artistic value of the authors and the works , as well as the effort of the gallery for presenting a specific project for PHotoEspaña 2010. The jury have been made up Cristina Ros, Director of Es Baluard. Museu D'Art Moderno i Contemporani, from Palma De Mallorca; Michael Ángel García, critic and journalist; and Narcís Pujol, collector.

Yesterday's sandwich 1969/70 discovers an extraordinary world that joins the Soviet Union with the sex and the beauty. The images spring up from the artistic restrictions imposed during the communist period. The work shows Mikhailov's paper as artist, documentary photographer and social observer who shows his rich imagination and practical solutions for the survival in an unstable society. People´s Choise Award PHotoEspaña 2010, which the internauts grant of and to the best exhibition under the Official Section, has corresponded to the Between Times. Instants, intervals, durations, organized by Banco Santander Foundation and PHotoEspaña and co-produced by Banco Santander Foundation, Museum D'Arte Provincia di Nouro, Center of Art La Regenta / Government of Canary Islands, PHotoEspaña / La Fábrica with the collaboration of the Area of the Arts of the Town Hall of Madrid.

The exhibition, curated by Sérgio Mah will be open at Fernán Gómez Theatre. Center of Art / Banco Santander Foundation until 25th July. Between Times. Instants, intervals, durations is a collective exhibition consisting of over 200 works including photographs, video installations and films which, based on different viewpoints and methods, explore the experience of time. The 17 artists forming part of the exhibition are Ignasi Aballí, Daniel Blaufuks, Iñaki Bonillas, David Claerbout, Tacita Dean, Ceal Floyer, Joachim Koester, Jochen Lempert, Mabel Palacín, Paul Pfeiffer, Steven Pippin, Michael Snow, Clare Strand, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jeff Wall, Michael Wesely and Erwin Wurm. The whole exhibition creates a show window for visual practices representing time: the paradox between immobility and mobility, works based on sequences or images with a strong narrative thread, works focused on the experience of the memory which recreate events of the past or images which explore the duration and accumulation of time. The starting point for the exhibition is reflection on photography as a common element and tool for various visual art genres and practices, and the confirmation that one of the most distinctive themes of contemporary photography is its relationship with the concept of time.

PHotoEspaña awards eight prizes valued in €32,000 euros which recognise the Festival’s best exhibitions, the year’s most outstanding publications and the professional path of Spanish and international photographers, both well-known and emerging. With these awards the festival recognizes the important function that the publishing industry takes as a way for the diffusion of photography. All the winners books and the mentions of honor form a part of the exhibition The Best Photography Books of the Year placed at Matadero Madrid until July 25.

The jury formed by Juan Manuel Bonet, art critic; Pep Carrió, photographer; Wim van Sinderen, Photography Museum of The Hague; Miguel López, Antonio Saura Foundation. Casa Zavala director; and Alberto Corazón, designer; have recognized as the Best Photography Books of the Year in national category: Soviet Aviation by Alexánder Ródchenko and Varvara Stepánova, by the Publishing house Lampreave. Likewise, a mention of honor has been granted to Tempelhof, by Begoña Zubero, published by Exit Publicaciones.

The Best Photography Book of the Year in national Category has been awarded to Soviet Aviation, by Alexánder Ródchenko and Varvara Stepánova, published by Editorial Lampreave. This book was designed in 1939 for the pavilion of the CCCP in the World Fair of New York, while the second World War was beginning, and that has not returned to be edited till now. A poetical book of history, capable still of presenting the plane since nevermore could be had to done by it later, as a wonderful machine of progress and that reproduces the original edition and its technical particularities in size and ended. The volume contains illustrated texts of Alexander Lavrentiev, grandson of the authors, and by Ángel Gonzalez García. The book Tempelhof by Begoña Zubero and published by Exit Publicaciones have receive a special mention in this category.

The Best Photography Book of the Year in international Category has been awarded to Atlas Monographs, by Max Pam, published by T&G Publishing, from Australia. This book is a summary of eight diaries journey that starts with the most recent work of the Australian artist Max Pam (Karakoram 2006) and it travels in the time moving towards to his first diaries, in 1970. Through texts and photographies he shows his commitment with the cultures that he has known and he allows us to see the keys of his development as photographer, writer and artist. In many senses, this publication is his own diary journey and offers an intimate, emotional and lyric portrait of the artist, and also about people and places that he has known.

They jury have given special mention to Lillian Bassman & Paul Himmel, published by Kehrer Verlang, Germany; Portfolio by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl, published by Steidl, from Germany; and Past Imperfect by Deborah Turbeville, publishedby Steidl, Germany.

The Prize to the prominent Publishing house of the year has been given to Aperture Foundation in recognition by the publications Kamiatachi, by Eikoh Hosoe; Japanese Photobooks of the 60´s and 70´s, by Ivan Vartanian and Ryuichi Kaneko; Sally Mann: Proud Flesh, by Sally Mann (co-published with Gagosian Gallery); and Summer Nights, Walking, by Robert Adams (co-published with Yale University Art Gallery).

Room Mate Hotels Revelation Award PHotoEspaña 2010 have been given to the artist from Pamplona (Spain),Carlos Irijalba as recognition of his work, the performance process he does before shooting and the forceful result of his pictures. The jury of the prize have been made up Enrique Sarasola, Room Mate Hotels president; Joaquín Ivars, Art and design area director of Universidad Europea de Madrid; and Carlos Sanva, photographer and the winner of the same prize in PHotoEspaña 2009.Endowed with €8,000 euros for the acquisition of works, this prize recognises the oeuvre of a Spanish photographer under age 35 whose work or publication has stood out during the previous year. The winners in the last editions have been Carlos Sanva, Germán Gómez, NOPHOTO, Bleda & Rosa, Joan Morey, Lucía Arjona, Paco Gómez, Carmela García, Isabel Flores, David Jiménez and Xavier Rivas.

Lastly PHotoEspaña and OjodePez Magazine have awarded in 3rd edition of PHotoEspaña OjodePez Human Values Award to the Italian photographer Giuseppe Moccia for his series The Wednesday Kid. The winning work approaches the life of Christopher, a 18-year-old young boy with Down Syndrome. This circumstance positions him at the crossroads of two very different realities. On the one hand, he is able to communicate effectively both verbally and physically. But on the other hand he lacks some of the critical adaptive skills such as self-care, home living and functional academics, daily living skills needed to live, work and play in society. The story of Christopher talks about misunderstanding and vulnerability

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