Dana Lixenberg was announced as the 2017 winner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.

The Dutch-born photographer and filmmaker was selected as the recipient of the £30,000 prize and Magnum of Pol Roger Brut Reserve for her bold, unsentimentalised black and white portraits of the residents and community of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts, Los Angeles.

In 1992 Dana Lixenberg travelled to South Central Los Angeles for a magazine story on the riots that erupted following the verdict in the Rodney King trial. What she encountered inspired her to revisit the area and led her to the community of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts. Returning countless times over the following twenty-two years Lixenberg gradually created a collaborative portrait of the changing face of this community.

The other artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017 were Sophie Calle, Awoiska van der Molen, and Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs.

The announcement took place at an awards ceremony at the Gallery and guests enjoyed a Pol Roger Brut Reserve champagne reception.

“This was a radical and necessary approach for an area that, on film, was seen by the rest of America through a frantic helicopter camera.”

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