Stan Douglas, Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971, 2008, from the series Crowds and Riots
Scotiabank Photography Award 2013
Vancouver’s Stan Douglas has been named winner of the third annual Scotiabank Photography Award.
"Stan Douglas has helped define and enrich the Canadian art and photography landscape with his outstanding artwork," said Edward Burtynksy, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and co-founder of the Award. "He has pushed the limits of contemporary photography and will continue to have an incredible impact on the world of photography both here in Canada and abroad. He joins an exclusive group that includes Lynne Cohen and the late Arnaud Maggs as winners of this award."
Douglas has created films, photographs, and installations that reexamine particular locations or past events. His works often take their points of departure in local settings, from which broader issues can be identified. He works with popular media: photography, film, storytelling, public spectacle, and soon, mobile apps. With his artwork, Stan invents, influences and redefines the cultural understanding and reception of art.
The Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA), the largest annual peer reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography, is designed to raise the international profile of an established Canadian photographic artist.
The award consists of five components:
A cash prize of $50,000 to the winner;
A book published and distributed world-wide by the internationally-renowned;art photography publisher Steidl (Germany) and overseen by Ed Burtynsky.
A curated exhibition during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (May 1 - May 31);
$5000 cash prizes to each of the two shortlisted artists;
$1500 honorarium to the nominator of the winning artists for a written statement in the publication;
The award was founded by Edward Burtynsky, internationally-renowned Canadian photo artist and Chair of SPA, with Jane Nokes, Director Scotiabank Archives and Fine Art and Executive Director of SPA. Scotiabank Fine Art Collection was founded in 1976 and was one of Canada’s first banks to collect photo-based art. The short list is announced every March in Toronto. The winner is announced in May during CONTACT, along with the opening of the exhibition and the book launch for the previous year's winner.