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Francesco Neri: Casola Valsenio, 2018, aus der Serie "Farmers", © Francesco Neri


Room 3
August-Sander-Award 2018:
Francesco Neri: Farmers – Photographs 2009–2018

September 7, 2018 – January 27, 2019

The first winner of the August Sander Award, launched in 2018, will be the subject of a cabinet exhibition. Francesco Neri (b. 1982) is presenting the series that impressed the jury: “Farmers.” Born in the town of Faenza in northern Italy, the artist began producing a photographic account of rural agricultural life in his home region in 2009, centering mostly on portraiture. His project gave rise to sensitive and yet plainly documentary portraits of farmers, whom Neri photographed in the settings where they live and work. Most of the pictures were taken outdoors in a garden or field, sometimes with a house or farmyard visible in the background. The atmosphere is shaped by restrained colors and light, putting the individuals at the center of the composition. They look out at the viewer with open gazes, without any exaggerated poses or evident shyness in front of the camera.

The show comprises 70 photographs, most of them making their debut here and some being exhibited together for the first time. Francesco Neri, who studied at the Ravenna Art Academy with Guido Guidi, displays his pictures as contact prints, taken either with black-and-white or color film. The prints measure 8 x 10 inches, or approx. 20 x 25 cm, and are produced using a large-format camera.

The August Sander Award was established in 2018 and is sponsored by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach in cooperation with Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur. The prize for contemporary photography, endowed with 5,000 euros, will be awarded every two years to artists up to 40 years of age who have demonstrated special merit in the field of documentary portraiture.


Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne, tel.: +49 221/888 95 300, email: photographie@sk-kultur.de, www.photographie-sk-kultur.de.


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Photo & Printed Works

An exhibition by Max Becher
in cooperation with State capital of North Rhine-Westphalia Düsseldorf
and Die Photographische Sammlung/
SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne

Kunstarchiv Kaiserswerth, Düsseldorf

June 12 until December 19, 2021

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