FRANCE, Gábor Ősz, winner of the 2010 BMW – Paris Photo prize
November 18 2010
Under the theme “Electric Vision”, the 7th edition of the BMW-Paris Photo Prize worth €12,000, has been awarded to Hungarian artist Gábor Ősz who is represented by Loevenbruck Gallery in Paris.
Born in 1962, Gábor Ősz} is a figure on the contemporary Hungarian art scene. He uses the camera obscura and the stenope as processes by which he records the surrounding space and the effects of light on photosensitive paper.
Entitled “Permanent Daylight”, (2004), the winning work is part of a series he made in a caravan which he turned into a camera obscura and parked next to a cluster of agricultural greenhouses. The image was made over four successive nights during which the light emanating from these strange, almost unearthly structures slowly reacted with the photosensitive material.
Jury 2010: Presided by Philippe Dehennin, CEO of BMW, France ; Michel Frizot, photography historian (France), F.C. Gundlach, collector (Germany), Jean-Luc Monterosso, director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (France) , Joanna Mytkowska, curator and director of the MOMA Warsaw (Poland), Anders Petersen, photographer (Sweden)