The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards focus on the production of new work. A panel of mentors supports all our Awardees throughout and beyond the production process. Find out about the mentors and their backgrounds.

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 at Jerwood Space, London.

Here we look at our Mentors who will be advising this year’s Awardees in the production of new work.

Michael Mack founded Mack in London in 2010. He previously worked as managing director of Steidl, founding the SteidlMack imprint. Mack takes part in various book fairs, showcasing new titles, participating in talks, and organising artist book signings. In 2012, Mack established the First Book Award, in collaboration with the National Media Museum, Bradford and the Wilson Centre for Photography, London. Michael Mack was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Plymouth for his contribution to art publishing.

Anna Fox has been working in photography and video for over twenty years. Influenced by the British documentary tradition and US ‘New Colourists’, her first work, Workstations, observed with a critical eye, London office culture in the mid Thatcher years. Her solo shows have been seen at The Photographer’s Gallery, London, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and her work has been included in numerous international group shows. She has had several monographs of her work published and a new exhibition of her work Cockroach Diary and Other Stories, curated by Anne McNeill is currently toured by Impressions Gallery. Anna Fox is Professor of Photography at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Tim Clark is the Editor in Chief and Publisher at 1000 Words Photography Magazine. As the former Associate Curator at Media Space at the Science Museum in London, the exhibitions he worked on included Gathered Leaves: Photographs by Alec Soth, Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy and Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph. Clark is a nominator for The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and MACK First Book Award and has judged The Paul Huf Award, freshfacedandwildeyed, Sony World Photography Awards and Magnum Photos/Photo London Graduate Photographers Award. His writing has appeared in FOAM, TIME Lightbox, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Next Level, The British Journal of Photography as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues and photobooks, including the Archive of Modern Conflict’s AMC Journal 10. He is also a visiting lecturer at NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.

Mark Power worked in the editorial and charity markets for nearly ten years, before he began teaching in 1992. This coincided with a shift towards long-term, self initiated projects which now sit comfortably alongside a number of large-scale commissions in the industrial sector. For many years his work has been seen in numerous galleries and museums across the world, and is in several important collections, both public and private, including the Arts Council of England, the British Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Marrakech Museum of Photography and Visual Art.
To date Power has published eight books and in 2007 he curated Theatres of War which featured the work of five artists whose work is concerned with contemporary conflict and surveillance. Mark Power joined Magnum Photos as a Nominee in 2002, and became a full Member in 2007.

Rut Blees Luxemburg studied Political Science in Duisburg, Germany, before attending the London College of Printing to complete her BA in Photography in 1993. She graduated with an MA in Photography from the University of Westminster in 1996. Her work as an artist and photographer concerns the representation of the city and the phenomenon of the urban, combining several formats, ranging from large-scale photographic works, through public art installations and operatic mise-en-scène. She has been the subject of a monograph, Commonsensual, which details projects including the opera, Liebeslied/My Suicides, devised with the philosopher Alexander Garcia Düttmann, and documents public art installations such as Caliban Towers, with muf architects, and Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes in Heathrow Airport. She is also responsible for the iconic cover for The Streets’ Original Pirate Material.

Maureen Paley is the founder and Director of Maureen Paley Gallery. Paley was born in New York, studied at Sarah Lawrence College, and graduated from Brown University before coming to the UK in 1977 where she completed her Masters at The Royal College of Art from 1978-80. She was one of the first to present contemporary art in London’s East End and has been a pioneer of the current scene promoting and showing art from the USA and continental Europe as well as launching new talent from the UK. Gallery artists include Turner prize winners Wolfgang Tillmans, 2000, and Gillian Wearing, 1997, and Turner Prize nominees Liam Gillick, 2002, and Rebecca Warren, 2006.

Ori Gersht is a contemporary Israeli photographer and video artist. His work hinges heavily on historical reference used as metaphors for contemporary life, with series spanning such themes as Dutch still life painting, romantic landscapes, and Nazi-occupied territory escape routes in the Pyrenees. Gersht is perhaps best known for his work with slow-motion capture, wherein he produces images and video portraying fruits, flowers, and other material fracturing when stuck with high velocity gunfire. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1967, he earned his MFA in photography from the Royal College of Art, London later gaining critical success with an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and a professorship at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester in Kent, England.

Fariba Farshad is the Director of Candlestar & Co-Founder of Photo London. Farshad was born in Iran and moved to Paris in 1983 and subsequently to London in 1986. Her 12 years at the London Institute, now the University of the Arts London started in 1991 when she took up the post of Principal Lecturer in computer design. In 1997 she spearheaded the development of the IT Research and Development Unit, the centre for research in the application of technology in the arts and art education. As a curator and pioneer of creative education, she has been responsible for developing ground-breaking projects which established the Unit as a centre of excellence for the innovative use of digital media which brought her many awards including a Bafta nomination.

Francis Hodgson is a Professor in the Culture of Photography at University of Brighton, a photography critic for the Financial Times, and the former Head of Photographs at Sotheby’s, London. A specialist in photography of many years standing, Hodgson is unusual in having worked at a senior level both in the cultural and in the commercial aspects of photography. Hodgson was for some years the manager of the print room at The Photographer’s Gallery in London. He later founded and directed Zwemmer Fine Photographs, a gallery specialising in photography, and has worked with several other galleries. As Director of Photography at Photonica, a major stock image library, he was responsible for opening up the stock photography market to more artistic photography. He has acted as representative and agent to photographers, and has been a writer and broadcaster on photography for many years.

Mitch Epstein is a fine-art photographer who helped pioneer fine-art color photography in the 1970’s. His photographs are in numerous major museum collections, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art; The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Tate Modern in London. Recent solo exhibitions include: Fondation A Stichting in Brussels (2013); Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NY (2012); Thomas Zander Gallery, Cologne (2012); Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris (2011); Kunstmuseum Bonn (2011); and Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne (2011). Epstein’s ten books include Rocks and Clouds (Steidl 2016) New York Arbor (Steidl 2013); Berlin (Steidl/The American Academy in Berlin, 2011); American Power (Steidl, 2009); Mitch Epstein: Work (Steidl, 2006); Recreation: American Photographs 1973-1988 (Steidl, 2005); and Family Business (Steidl, 2003) Winner of the 2011 Prix Pictet for American Power, Epstein was also awarded the 2008 Berlin Prize in Arts and Letters by the American Academy in Berlin, and a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Mark Durden is a writer and artist. He studied Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design and at Glasgow School of Art, going on to study History and Theory of Art at University of Kent at Canterbury. He has taught both Art History and Fine Art at Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury and at Staffordshire University. He taught History of Photography at University of Derby where he became Reader in 2002 and Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) in Photography in 2003. He left Derby in 2007 to join Newport as Professor of Photography. He has published extensively on photography and contemporary art and since 1997 has worked as part of the artists’ group Common Culture. 

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