FCBARCELONA PHOTO AWARDS are Presented in New York
FC Barcelona has organized a talk named Crossing Bridges, hosted by Aperture Foundation in New York. FCBARCELONA PHOTO AWARDS is the first one in its nature, initiated by a sports club and aiming at photographs that will depict the positive values of sports.
The Awards expect participation of artists, professional photographers, as well as photojournalists. The Jury will prioritize the submissions that show sports as it is practiced in daily life.
The FCBARCELONA PHOTO AWARDS are expected to recover traditions and unite the worlds of Arts and Sports, as they used to be throughout the history. Through the concept Crossing Bridges FC Barcelona is aiming to create a platform where both worlds can interact, communicate and start collaborating. The discussion was held between:
Carles Vilarrubi, the Vice Chairman of FC Barcelona,
Azu Nwagbogu, the founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation.
Stephen Mayes, the Executive Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust,
Gail Buckland, author, educator, curator and authority on photography, exhibiting Who Shot Sports at the Brooklyn Museum.
Jean-Denis Walter, who has opened the only gallery in Paris specialized in sports photography.
Artist and writer Chris Wiley, who is a contributing editor of Frieze Magazine, moderated the talk.
Wiley took an interest in the competition as ambitious as the FCBARCELONA PHOTO AWARDS.
Stephen Mayes pointed out that it is a great time for the photography world, thanks to the technological advances.
Gail Buckland remembers that, sport photography was considered by the majority of professionals in the sector as ‘second division’. The same occurred in the past with fashion photographers and those who followed Rock artists, but this general perception changed a few years ago and she hopes that the same evolution will happen to sport photographers.
Jean-Denis Walter, remembered that during his professional life he saw many sport photographs that are authentic works of art.
Azu Nwagbogu, showed what selection criteria will apply to the photographs and projects received until 30 December: The images presented will be evaluated by the story about the values linked with sports.
The Vice Chairman Carles Vilarrubi expressed his appreciation for the interest shown in the awards, and was very pleased with the number and quality of the people attending the Talk.
On November 29th, Gail Buckland gave the panelists of the Talk a private visit to her exhibition Who Shot Sports at the Brooklyn Museum.