The annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize exhibition is on now at Ambika P3, Marylebone, while the Photographers Gallery undergoes extensive refurbishment before its reopening in Autumn 2011.
The £30,000 prize rewards a living photographer of any nationality who has made the most significant contribution to photography in Europe between October 2009 and September 2010. The vast subterranean gallery offers plenty of light and space in which to contemplate the four finalists' work:
Thomas Demand (Germany) uses images drawn from the media and turns them into life-size paper models that he then photographs. The result is somewhat unnerving, as you try to work out why and how the image was constructed.
Roe Ethridge (USA) is a commercial photographer whose landscapes, portraits and still lifes embrace the arbitrariness of images and image-making.
Jim Goldberg (USA) offers the most human and poignant images on show here. Goldberg merges differing photographic formats and his subjects add hand written or drawn commentary themselves.
Elad Lassry (Israel) presents images that demand a second, third or even fourth look. Are they photos or drawings? Is that a blur or a special effect? Lassry also includes two strangely compelling 16mm films on continuous loop.
Exhibition tours and talks take place throughout the month.
By Stuart Cox
The Deutsche Borse Photography Prize Exhibition runs until 1 May 2011. Award announced 26 April 2011. Location: Ambika P3 University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS. Free admission.