The five winners were selected on the basis of a portfolio of work, and each will show around ten images in an exhibition opening at the gallery this week.
All the winning photographers are London based, but originally hail from as far afield as Hungary, Norway and Japan.
We love the gorgeous image above by Hungarian born Andi Schmied, which is part of her Tel Aviv Grannies series. Schmied boldly infiltrated the lives of Tel Aviv pensioners to create the snaps, joining them at Pilates, the opera and their nights out to garner intimate portraits of their lives.
Avery different kind of portraiture is showcased in Slovakian photographer Tereza Cervenova’s work. According to the gallery, Cervenova looks to create a self-portrait through images of other women such as friends and relatives, examining how her former experience as a model has shaped her sense of self.
A far darker aesthetic is channeled in the work of Lara Morrell. Currently completing an MA in Photography at Central Saint Martins, the London-born photographer’s recent Christ Stopped at Novoli project incorporates the ancient Italian technique of Carta Pesta, which involves creating a wire skeleton and moulding a form using hay and string.
These are then sculpted with clay and decorated, forming the eerie subject of Morrell’s dark compositions, which look at the martyrdom of saints, inspired by Italian Renaissance painting.
The home is the focus of Japanese photographer Madoka Furuhashi’s series, Inventory of 140 Old Ford Road. The artist is inspired by the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp, taking items from her home in Bethnal green, east London, and reconfiguring them into new orders that create different meanings from their formerly redundant forms.
Finally, to the work of Norwegian artist Marianne Bjørnmyr, and her Shadows/Echoes II project. The artist set about archiving images in an attempt to explore Icelandic belief systems, looking at the country’s fascination with the ‘hidden’ world of fairies and elves.
5 UNDER 30 runs from 5 – 31 July at Daniel Blau, 51 Hoxton Square, London, N1