25. InternationalerBFF-Förderpreis & Reinhart-Wolf-Preis
Haus der Wirtschaft Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
– 9th February 2014
On the 10th January, the winners of the International BFF Promotion Prize & Reinhart Wolf Prize were announced in Stuttgart. The award includes prize money amounting to €12,500 for the best final degree project work in the field of photography. Further, the most outstanding piece of work which is judged "best of the best" in the competition, is also singled out for an additional award, namely the Reinhart Wolf Prize. This includes a year’s free loan for a Leica M9 camera.
Between 1988 and 2013, a total of 2,500 graduates from 150 universities in 27 countries applied for the BFF Promotion Prize. This year the jurors have reviewed 95 applications, from which five of the best photographic projects have been selected. These will remain on show until the 9th of February in the Baden-Württemberg Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart.
Jutta Buer (Reinhart-Wolf-Stiftung, Munich),
Anna Gripp (Editor/Photonews, Hamburg),
Claudia Kempf (Photographer, Wuppertal / Prize winner of the 10th BFF Promotion Prize,1997),
Andreas Kronawitt (stern Photo director, Hamburg), Prof. Manfred Schmalriede,
Michael Trippel (Photographer, Berlin / Prize winner of the 4th BFF Promotion Prize, 1991)
Götz Ulmer (Executive creative director, Jung von Matt/Alster, Hamburg)
Benjamin Zibner: Rites de Passage. Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Prof. Elke Seeger
Best of the Best and winner of the Reinhart Wolf Prize
Zibner adopts a documentary-style approach to his project whilst simultaneously staging the visual images. His work focuses on the question of ”What does it mean to be a young person in today’s world?“ His project took him to Essen, Berlin, Hamburg and Naples where he worked with young people in public places, placing particular focus on their gestures and poses. During his work, Zibner saw himself as “a witness documenting the facts, immersing himself in what was happening, providing close-up views and gathering evidence, as an author, a teller of stories, and as a director, subtly staging these stories in visual form“.
Sebastian Keitel: Provisonal Installations. Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Prof. Axel Grünewald
In the final photographic project of his degree course, Keitel focused attention on the residents and dwellings of the slums of Dhaka. Between the end of February and mid-May 2012, he explored these slums in the company of a dedicated local inhabitant, capturing in photographs the poverty he encountered there.
Paul Koncewicz: Paul / Paweł. Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Prof. Axel Grünewald
In his two-part book project, Koncew creates his own personal German/Polish family portrait. Following his parents’ divorce, he moved to Germany with his mother. His final degree project explores his German and Polish roots, interspersing his own photographs with older pictures taken from family photo albums.
Carlotta Poloni: Demens (Latin: without mind). University for Applied Sciences, Munich, Lecturer Klaus Demuth
Poloni’s mother has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for many years. In her book project the photographer takes an objective and visual look at the disease, mixing medical information with quotes by sufferers and emotionally abstract photograms. She produced her abstract photographic works using analogue technology.
Fabian Weiß: Wolf children. University of the Arts London, Lecturer Paul Lowe
In his book project, Weiß looks at youngsters from difficult backgrounds who have been separated from their parents or live in children’s homes in Germany or abroad. He visited homes in Poland, Austria and Sweden, spending intensive time with the young people away from the urban hustle and bustle.