2018 August Sander Award: Francesco Neri


Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur is pleased to announce the exhibition opening of Francesco Neri’s Farmers, Photographs from 2009–2018. 

The first winner of the August Sander Award, launched in 2018, will be the subject of a special presentation. Francesco Neri (b. 1982) is presenting the series that impressed the jury: Farmers. Born in the town of Faenza in northern Italy, the artist began producing a photographic account of rural agricultural life in his home region in 2009, centering mostly on portraiture. His project gave rise to sensitive and yet plainly documentary portraits of farmers, whom Neri photographed in the settings where they live and work. Most of the pictures were taken outdoors in a garden or field, sometimes with a house or farmyard visible in the background. The atmosphere is shaped by restrained colors and light, putting the individuals at the center of the composition. They look out at the viewer with open gazes, without any exaggerated poses or evident shyness in front of the camera.

The August Sander Award was established in 2018 and is sponsored by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach in cooperation with Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur. The prize for contemporary photography, endowed with 5,000 euros, will be awarded every two years to artists up to 40 years of age who have demonstrated special merit in the field of documentary portraiture.

The exhibitions will be on view from 7 September 2018 to 27 January 2019.

Further information about guided tours and presentations: www.photographie-sk-kultur.de.