Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 Associate Mentors: Simon Roberts, Rodrigo Orrantia, Lucy Moore, Rachel Segal Hamilton, Michael Mack, Alec Soth, Francis Hodgson, Broomberg & Chanarin

The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards focus on the production of new work. A panel of associates supports all our Awardees throughout and beyond the production process. Find out about our Associate Mentors and what their involvement means to them.

The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks, supported by Arts Council England. Open to practitioners within ten years of graduating or establishing their practice, the Awards enable the creation of new work using photography, provide mentoring, plus a touring group exhibition opening at Jerwood Space, London 3 November 2015.

Here we look at our Associate Mentors advising this year’s Awardees in the production of new work. The winners have also been paired for particular attention with Core Mentors: Elinor Carucci, Elizabeth Edwards, Aaron Schuman and Gillian Wearing.


Alec Soth 

“While it is wonderful that the art photography universe continues to expand every year, it only becomes more challenging for emerging photographers to separate themselves from the pack. The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards serve an important role in both highlighting this emerging talent and giving them the resources to continue pursuing their vision”.

Alec Soth is an American photographer and member of Magnum Photos. His books include Brighton Picture Hunt (Photoworks, 2010), NIAGARA (Steidl, 2006), Fashion Magazine (Magnum, 2007) and Dog Days, Bogotá (Steidl, 2007).


Broomberg & Chanarin

“The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are really quite unique because they’re intended to help and support artists that have left college and they’ve produced a piece of work, they may have had a number of exhibitions, they may even have produced a book, but very often those achievements don’t really translate into any kind of income. And it’s really at that transitionary moment in an artists career, when you’re actually doing really well, but it’s really quite difficult to survive, and these awards are designed to step in and offer support at that very vulnerable transition period for an artist and I don’t think there’s a prize out there that’s really as focused as that”.

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin are artists living and working in London. Together they have had numerous international exhibitions including The Museum of Modern Art, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, The Gwagnju Biennale, the Stedelijk Museum, the International Center of Photography, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, The Photographers Gallery, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art and Museo Jumex. Broomberg & Chanarin are Visiting Fellows at the University of the Arts London.

Their work is represented in major public and private collections including Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musee de l’Elysee, The International Center of Photography, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Their numerous publications include War Primer 2, Holy Bible and Fig 

In 2013 they were awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for War Primer 2, and most recently they were awarded the ICP Infinity Award 2014 for their publication, Holy Bible.

Upcoming and recent exhibitions include British Art Show 8, 2015-2017, Rudiments, a solo show at CSW Warsaw 2015, Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern 2015, and the Shanghai Biennale 2014.


Francis Hodgson

Francis Hodgson is the photography critic of the Financial Times and a former head of the photographs department at Sotheby’s. He is currently Professor in the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton.

For more of Francis’s work click here. 


Lucy Kumara Moore

“The Awards act as an important bridge for emerging photographers from their period of study to self-directed production. Mentoring during the award year provides discussion of the conceptual approach of each Awardee’s work as well as – importantly – how to present this work appropriately in an exhibition. The financial component of each Award is also highly significant”.


Lucy Kumara Moore is the director of Claire de Rouen Books in London. She studied fine art at Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, and writes frequently as well as directing the bookshop and its new publishing imprint. She is also the director of Room&Book Art Book Fair.


Michael Mack 

“In an art world awash with awards largely designed to promote the often questionable interests of major corporations, the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a rigorous allocation of resources and support for artists. They offer a structure to cultivate and encourage talent and ideas and I am honoured to play a role in 2015.”

Michael Mack is a publisher, editor and designer of illustrated art and photography books.

Rachel Segal Hamilton

I’m excited and proud to be part of the 2015 Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. In an increasingly competitive creative landscape, the award makes a real difference to emerging image-makers – offering not only much-needed financial support but also exposure, credibility and industry mentoring. For me, the opportunity to work with this year’s winners, helping them develop their talent, is hugely inspiring.”


Rachel Segal Hamilton is a London-based freelance arts journalist. She writes regularly about photography – for VICE, the Telegraph, the British Journal of Photography, the Royal Photographic Society Journal, Photomonitor and others. Until recently she was commissioning editor at IdeasTap, a charity supporting early-career creative practitioners, including photographers. She has an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge.


Rodrigo Orrantia

Opportunities like the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are invaluable for practitioners at different stages of their careers. An award programme like this not only represents the recognition of experts and peers, but also gives new and exciting work the platform and exposure it deserves. The Awards also pose a great challenge for photographers, as London is perhaps one of the most competitive cities in the world, and the work one can find here is constantly pushing the boundaries of the medium both technically and creatively. As curator and keen supporter of photography it is very exciting to be associated with the Jerwood Foundation and Photoworks for these awards.


Rodrigo Orrantia is an art historian and curator based in London. After finishing the Contemporary and Historical Photography MA at Sotheby’s Institute London, he has worked for public and private galleries and museums developing exhibition programmes and publication projects. He has recently been appointed on the board of Trustees of the Institute of International Visual Arts, London. His main interest is photography as an expanding field, exploring connections with film, sculpture, text, sound and localised performance.


Simon Roberts

One of the most important elements of these awards is the availability of mentoring and access to experienced professionals, who together, can offer the participants important advice at a critical juncture of their career. It is an opportunity so often lacking for young artists these days.”

Simon Roberts portrait

Simon Roberts (b.1974) is a British photographer. Often employing expansive landscape photographs, his approach is one of creating wide-ranging surveys of our time, which communicate on social, economic and political issues. His work has been exhibited widely with solo shows at the National Media Museum, Bradford, Museum and Multimedia Art Museum Moscow and resides in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and Wilson Centre for Photography. He has published three critically acclaimed monographs, Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007), We English (Chris Boot, 2009) and Pierdom (Dewi Lewis, 2013). In 2010 he was commissioned as the official Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the 2010 General Election on behalf of the UK Parliament.

For a list of the core mentors click here

For more information about Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 click here.

For more information about the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 winners click here

For videos from our selection panel click here

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