Angela Grauerholz Named 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award Winner

© Angela Grauerholz, Le bateau, 1986, gelatin silver print, 52 x 40 inches.

© Angela Grauerholz, Le bateau, 1986, gelatin silver print, 52 x 40 inches.

Montreal-based Angela Grauerholz was recently announced as the winnner of the fifth annual Scotiabank Photography Award at a reception during Toronto’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. This award offers the winner a $50,000 cash prize, a solo exhibition at Ryerson Image Centre during the following year’s CONTACT festival, and a book of the photographer’s work, published by Gerhard Steidl.

Established by Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award Jury, and Jane Nokes, Scotiabank’s Director of Arts, Culture & Heritage and Executive Director of the Scotiabank Photography Award, this award honours and supports an established Canadian photographer who is ready to take his or her career to the national and international level.

Burtynsky said, “For decades, Angela Grauerholz has been consistently building a body of work that evokes place, memory and archives, time past and present. Many of her images feel as if they were plucked from a dream. As this year’s Scotiabank Photography Award winner it gives us great pleasure to work with her over the next year creating the survey book and exhibition from her prolific career.”

This year’s other finalists were Rafael Goldchain and Isabelle Hayeur. Each were awarded cash prizes of $10,000. Past Scotiabank Photography Award winners are Mark Ruwedel (2014), Stan Douglas (2013), Arnaud Maggs (2012) and Lynne Cohen (2011). Mark Ruwedel’s Primary Exhibition is on view through June 28 at the Ryerson Image Centre.

© Angela Grauerholz, Sofa, 1988, Azo dye print, 48 x 64 inches.

© Angela Grauerholz, Sofa, 1988, Azo dye print, 48 x 64 inches.