Scotiabank announced that Suzy Lake is the winner of the sixth annual Scotiabank Photography Award. Lake will be awarded a $50,000 cash prize, a 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, and a book published and distributed worldwide by Steidl. Canada’s largest photography award, the Scotiabank Photography Award is intended to support a mid-to-late career artist aiming to reach the next level of national and international recognition.
Jury Chair Edward Burtynsky said, “Suzy Lake’s pioneering, long-term photographic exploration in the arena of performative, feminist and self-identification themes places her firmly in the vanguard of Canadian greats. Her influence has spread throughout several generations of artists, both nationally and internationally. We look forward to collaborating with Suzy to create a great book and exhibit in the coming year.”
Previous Scotiabank Photography Award recipents are Angela Grauerholz (2015), Mark Ruwedel (2014), Stan Douglas (2013), Arnaud Maggs (2012) and Lynne Cohen (2011). The exhibition of last year’s winner, Angela Grauerholz, is on view at Ryerson Image Centre through August 21. This year’s other two shortlisted artists, Pascal Grandmaison and Jayce Salloum, will receive cash awards of $10,000 each.