Trent Parke wins Olive Cotton Award
The winner of the $20,000 Olive Cotton acquisitive prize is Trent Parke, one of Australia’s best known documentary photographers and the first Australian to join the prestigious Magnum Photos collective. Of his entry Candid portrait of a woman on a street corner The judge, Helen Ennis, Head at the School of Art, Australian National University said it is “a very unusual work, the subject isn’t immediately visible and so our notions of portraiture are challenged. The viewer is invited to actively work with the image in order for the face of this unknown woman to become apparent”.
Award Co-ordinator Anouk Beck said “Trent Parke was elated at the news and to receive an award for this work which marks a new direction for him and his first foray into portraiture”.