Champagne Pol Roger was delighted to support the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize once more. The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is an annual prize established by The Photographers’ Gallery in 1996 and in partnership with Deutsche Börse Group since 2005. The £30,000 prize rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, for a specific body of work in an exhibition or publication format, which is felt to have significantly contributed to photography in Europe between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2015.
Guests attending the awards ceremony at The Photographers’ Gallery enjoyed Pol Roger Brut Reserve as they perused the work of the four shortlisted artists for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016; Laura El-Tantawy, Erik Kessels, Tobias Zielony and Trevor Paglen.
BBC journalist Stephen Sackur announced Trevor Paglen (b. 1974, USA) as this year’s worthy winner for his exhibition The Octopus at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (20 June – 30 August 2015).
Paglen’s project represents complex topics like mass surveillance, data collection, classified satellite and drone activities and the systems of power connected to them. His installation comprises images of restricted military and government areas, skylines showing the flight tracks of passing drones, sculptural elements and research assembled in collaboration with scientist, amateur astronomers and human rights activists.
Through his work Paglen demonstrates that secrets cannot be hidden from view, but that their traces and structures are visible evidence in the landscape.
Paglen was awarded a Magnum of Pol Roger Brut Reserve.