Hearst 2011 8x10 Photography Biennial
Rena Effendi, Boy playing accordion. Oil Village, Azerbaijan. 2010
Nicholas Mendise, Mattress #2
Jonathan Smith, Untitled #147, 2005
Victor Yuliev, Untitled, from the series Sleepers
Christoph Engel, Untitled, 2008
Thomas Stanworth, Boy and Ball - Russian Cultural Center, Kabul
Devin Tepleski, Untitled #12
Gareth Kingdon, Untitled, from the series On the Other Side, Life in Africa’s Largest Slum
“We have always believed in photography’s power to bring a story to life and the 2011 8X10 Photography Biennial reaffirms that commitment. We are honored to support the next generation as they help shape the future of visual arts, media and magazines.”
Frank A. Bennack Jr.
Vice Chairman and CEO, Hearst Corporation
Eight emerging photographers were selected by ten distinguished judges for the Hearst 2011 8×10 Photography Biennial. The renowned panel of judges included photographers Lillian Bassman, Simen Johan and Oberto Gili; creative genius Jean-Paul Goude; International Center of Photography Director, Willis “Buzz” Hartshorn; Co-founder of the fashion and art magazine “Visionaire”, Stephen Gan; Photography Gallery owners Bonni Benrubi and Howard Greenberg; Michael Clinton, President, Marketing Publishing Director, Hearst Magazines; and Town & Country Magazine’s Creative Director, Mary Shanahan.
The winners (presented in the portfolio here): Devin Tepleski, Jonathan Smith, Victor Yuliev, Christoph Engel, Nicholas Mendise, Rena Effendi, Gareth Kingdon and Thomas Stanworth.
The eight winners and ten honorable mentions were selected from over 4,600 entries from across the U.S. and 70 other countries, five times the number of entries than their inaugural competition in 2009. The work of these emerging photographers is installed in an exhibition in the atrium of Lord Norman Foster’s Hearst Tower, the company’s acclaimed New York City headquarters. The Tower’s Alexey Brodovitch Gallery* and Hearst Gallery features the exhibition of 100 photographs, curated by Photography collector, writer and lecturer John Bennette, who also oversaw the inaugural 8X10 show. Guests for the opening night of the exhibition included New Yorker Magazine’s Elisabeth Biondi, PHOTOGRAPHY publisher Bill Mindlin, Art Collector Alvin Hall, photographer Sylvia Plachy, curator Nessia Pope with artist Bastienne Schmidt, and Scherri Roberts, VP of Human Resources for Hearst Magazine, among many others.
(La Lettre de la Photographie will publish images from the opening tomorrow.)
From the earliest days of its magazine and newspaper publishing, Hearst Corporation has worked with legendary photographers, including Slim Aarons, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Philippe Halsman, Martin Munkacsi and today’s contemporary masters. The 8×10 competition was created by Gilbert C. Maurer, a member of the Corporation’s Board of Directors, Director of The Hearst Foundations, as well as a trustee under the will of William Randolph Hearst, and Debra Shriver, VP and CCO, SVP/Magazines for the Hearst Corporation.
*Alexey Brodovitch was the Creative Director of Harper’s BAZAAR from 1934 to 1958. In giving assignments to talented young photographers and artists-many of whom became legendary-he is famous for having adapted Diaghilev’s admonition to Jean Cocteau, "Astonish me! More often than not, they did.
Exhibition: January 11 through May 2011
The Alexey Brodovitch and
Hearst Gallery Exhibition Space
959 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York,