August Sander Award 2024

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    8 Jan 2024
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    9 Feb 2024
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The August Sander Award for portrait photography, donated by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach, will be awarded for the fourth time in 2024 in cooperation with Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne.


The idea behind the award is to promote young contemporary artistic approaches in the sense of objective and conceptual photography. Against the background of August Sander's important portrait photographs, the photographic works of the applicants should primarily relate to the theme of the human portrait.

Practical Info

The prize is awarded every two years. For the submission is suitable already largely developed series, from which a maximum of 20 photographic prints should be sent. Only works that follow a thematically bound image group or sequence will be evaluated; individual images will not be considered. The works submitted should not have won a prize in other competitions. Eligible are national and international artists up to and including the age of 40 with a focus on photography. The prize is endowed with €5,000. In addition, the Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur will organize an exhibition of the award winner's work, if possible and by individual agreement.

The jury is composed of five members: Bernhard Fuchs (Artist), Prof. Dr. Martin Hochleitner (Salzburg Museum), Kirsten Degel (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art), Dr. Anja Bartenbach (Sponsor family), and Gabriele Conrath-Scholl (Director of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur). The award ceremony will take place in September 2024 at Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in a festive setting in Cologne, Germany.

About Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur

The purchase of the August Sander Archive in 1992 by the then Stadtsparkasse Köln – now Sparkasse KölnBonn – laid the foundation for Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur. Sander's work is associated with the factual-documentary approach to photography, which forms the focus of the collection. Thus, since 1996, the Bernd and Hilla Becher Archive, another essential collection, has been continuously developed. Already during the lifetime of the artist couple, they cooperated with regard to the processing of their archive holdings. This cooperation is now being continued with their son Max Becher. The activities of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur focus on the scholarly care of the holdings, which now comprise more than 40,000 works of photography by historical and contemporary photographers of various nationalities.

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