Four reach shortlist for photo prize

UK photographer John Davies is one of four international nominees shortlisted for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2008.

The shortlist also includes Jacob Holdt from Denmark, Esko Mannikko of Finland and US-based Fazal Sheikh.

The prize is presented by The Photographers’ Gallery, London, and is the opening venue for its exhibition. It rewards a living photographer of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography between 1 October 2006 and 30 September 2007.

Davies has been nominated for The British Landscape at the National Media Museum, Bradford. His panoramic black and white photographs, taken between 1979 and 2005, document the changing post-industrial British landscape.

Holdt has been nominated for his publication Jacob Holdt, United States, documenting the lives of people he met while hitchhiking across the US; Mannikko for his retrospective Cocktails, featuring the lives of those who ‘inhabit the periphery’; while Sheikh is shortlisted for his publication Ladli, examining the effects of enduring prejudices against women in India.

The award will be announced at the gallery on Great Newport Street, London WC2, on Wednesday 5 March 2008, while the exhibition runs from 8 February to 6 April.

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