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Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize

Group show at The Photographers’ Gallery. 1999
Date: 6 February, 1999 until 3 April, 1999
Organiser: The Photographers’ Gallery

Augusto Alves da Silva, Rineke Dijkstra, Alex Hartley, Yinka Shonibare and Paul M Smith were the five artists included in Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize, 6 February - 3 April 1999, held at the Photographers’ Gallery,London. From the catalogue essay, “Subject seeks object”, by Michael Bracewell: 

“A foppishly dressed black man takes his place among a group of white Victorian aristocrats; a photograph of a tower block is obscured beneath the glass of its casing; a self-conscious young woman in a bathing costume strains for the ease of self-assurance; a stretch of rural road appears to recede in either direction, but to lead nowhere; a squad of aggressive young men plays up their drunken hi-jinks for the camera, singularly featured in a collective of confrontational laddism.

This is a list of some of the subjects which the five artists and photographers shortlisted for the Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize 1999 have presented in their work. They have chosen to create these photographic images in a variety of formats, and can be seen to embrace, in some instances, both the use of self-portraiture as it might be found in performance art, and the ambient or sculptural effects of an installation.

Consequently, as you look at their work, it quickly becomes clear that the whole idea of photography has engaged with the blurring of artistic boundaries, of format, framing and context, in a way which enables the photographer to explore the potential of their medium. Thus they describe a new territory for our understanding of photography, which is founded as much on the way that we look at photographs, as on the way they are made and presented.”

The catalogue noted the judging panel as Iwona Blazwick, Curator, Tate Gallery of Modern Art; Richard Dorment, Art Critic for the Daily Telegraph, David Mellor, Professor of Art History at Sussex University, and Kate Tregaskis, Director Stills Gallery, Edinburgh. The 1999 prize was won by Rineke Dijkstra.

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»  Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1999

People in this exhibition

»  Augusto Alves da Silva

Born, 1963 in Lisbon, Portugal

»  Rineke Dijkstra

Born, 1959 in Sittard, Netherlands

»  Alex Hartley

Born, 1963 in West Byfleet, Surrey

»  Yinka Shonibare MBE CBE RA

Born, 1962 in London, England

»  Paul M Smith

Born, 1969

Exhibition venues

»  The Photographers’ Gallery

London, United Kingdom