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Tenderness and raw intimacy: Momo Okabe wins Foam Paul Huf Award 2015
Untitled, from the series Bible, 2011 © Momo Okabe.


AMSTERDAM.- Foam announced that Momo Okabe (b. 1981, Japan) was chosen as the winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award 2015 by an international jury today. Okabe won the prize for her projects Dildo and Bible in which she explores her relationship with two of her transgender lovers during their transition. This annual prize given to a photography talent under 35 years consists of € 20.000 and an exhibition in Foam Amsterdam.

The Foam Paul Huf Award continues to attract portfolios from all over the world. The jury chose Momo Okabe from a pool of 100 nominated photographers, from 26 countries worldwide.

The jury was quoted as saying: “The diversity and high caliber of the submissions presented this year made for a lively review process. The wide-ranging approaches to the photographic medium exhibited by these young artists epitomize the open-mindedness and conceptual forwardness championed by Paul Huf. We are pleased to announce that the jury unanimously voted for Momo Okabe as this year’s winner. We were impressed by the emotional power of her projects, and the extremely personal nature of her work. Momo combines tenderness with a raw intimacy, which is revealed through her use of color, variety of subjects, and sensitive handling of an important and complex social issue like transsexualism. She operates in the lineage of Japanese photography that is highly regarded but has created an aesthic that is uniquely her own.“

Director of Foam, Marloes Krijnen, on the Foam Paul Huf Award: “It is the 9th time we are organising this prize. I’m extremely proud of the existence and continuity of it. Every year we see the quality of the work increasing. Next to the Foam Magazine Talent Issue and the international photography fair Unseen, the award is very much in line with Foam’s objective to discover and support international, young photography talent.”

The members of the jury were:

• Christopher McCall (chairman, director of Pier24 Photography, San Francisco, United States)

• Felix Hoffmann (chief curator at C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany)

• Whitney Johnson (deputy director of photography of National Geographic, Washington DC, United States).

• Adam Mazur (curator and editor-in-chief of SZUM Magazine, Warsaw, Poland)

• Brett Rogers (director of The Photographers' Gallery, London, United Kingdom)





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