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Gabor Osz: Winner of the 2010 BMW - Paris Photo Prize for contemporary photography

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November 18, 2010

Paris Photo 2010

Gábor Ösz, "Permanent Daylight N°6, 12.1.2004 -16.1.2004," 2004.

Gábor Ösz
Winner of the 2010 BMW –
Paris Photo Prize
for contemporary photography

Paris Photo
18-21 November 2010
Carrousel du Louvre
Spotlight on Central Europe

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Under the theme "Electric Vision", the 7th edition of the BMW-Paris Photo Prize worth 12,000 euros, has been awarded to contemporary Hungarian artist Gábor Ősz who is represented by Loevenbruck Gallery in Paris.

Born in 1962 and based in Amsterdam, Gábor Ősz is an important figure on the contemporary Hungarian art scene. Uncluttered in style, his work deals mainly with the observation and relationship between man and the space around him. He uses the camera obscura and the stenope as processes by which he records the surrounding space and the effects of light on photosensitive paper.

Entitled "Permanent Daylight," (204) the winning work is part of a series he made in a caravan which he turned into a camera obscura and parked next to a cluster of agricultural greenhouses. The image was made over four successive nights during which the light emanating from these strange, almost unearthly structures slowly reacted with the photosensitive material.

Said Michel Frizot, photography historian and member of the 2010 jury: "The originality of Gábor Ősz's practice is unlike certain standards of today, owing to the fact that he works slowly and without pomposity. His image seems to us to be totally in tune with the theme "Electric vision."

Inspired by BMW's Concept ActiveE, the theme "Electric Vision" pays tribute to electricity as it shapes the technological future of our societies and transforms our vision of the world.

Carlo Van de Roer, 2010 BMW – Paris Photo Prize special mention

The jury also gave a special mention to Carlos Van de Roer, a photographer from New Zealand born in 1975 and represented by M+B Gallery (Los Angeles). In his work entitled "Miranda July, 2009" he tries to capture the aura of his model using an enhanced Polaroid camera.

The works of the 20 finalists, selected among 52 projects submitted by galleries participating in Paris Photo, are exhibited at the fair from 18th to 21st November 201.

Jury 2010: Presided by Philippe Dehennin, CEO of BMW, France ; Michel Frizot, photography historian (France), F.C. Gundlach, collector (Germany), Jean-Luc Monterosso, director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (France) , Joanna Mytkowska, curator and director of the MOMA Warsaw (Poland), Anders Petersen, photographer (Sweden)

Short-listed artists exhibited at Paris Photo:
Max Aguilera Hellweg ( Michael Hoppen Gallery, London) / Ortiz Aitor (Galeria Max Estrella, Madrid) / Peter Bialobrzeski (Laurence Miller Gallery, New York) / Jean-Christian Bourcart, (Vu' La Galerie, Paris) / Sonja Braas (Tanit, Munich/Beirut) / Alejandro Chaskielberg (Yossi Milo Gallery, New York)/ Michael Eastman, (Barry Friedman, New York ) / Krisztina Erdei (Lumen Gallery, Budapest) / Timur Gaynutdinov (Serge Plantureux, Paris) / Cig Harvey (Robert Klein Gallery, Boston) / Naoya Hatakeyama, (SAGE Paris) / Laura Kikauka (DNA, Berlin) / Shai Kremer (Robert Koch, San Francisco) / Irene Kung (Forma Galleria, Milan) / Simon Norfolk (Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York ) / Gábor Ösz (Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris) / Simon Roberts (The Photographers Gallery, London) / Szymon Rogiński (Galeria Czarna, Warsaw) / Carlo Van de Roer ( M+B, Los Angeles) / Robert Voit (Robert Morat Gallery, Hamburg).

Picture for Press:
Picture for Press: Image of the BMW-Paris Photo prize-winning work by Gábor Ősz can be downloaded for press use on, under press section, then press visuals, letter O, with the following access code: parisphoto2010.

Dates: Thursday, 18 November– Sunday, 21 November, 2010
Venue: Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Opening hours: 18 Nov., 19 Nov., 20 Nov. from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm, and 21 Nov. from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm
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For international: Flore Guiraud


*Image above:
Courtesy Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris.
© Gábor Ösz.

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