Announcing the 2018 Scotiabank Photography Award Finalists
March 21, 2018
By Diana Hart
It’s time to recognize the very best of Canadian contemporary photography. One of these three talented, established artists will win the eighth annual Scotiabank Photography Award, a peer-nominated and peer-reviewed honour.
The winner will receive a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2019 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of their work published and distributed worldwide by publisher Steidl.
Let’s take a look at this year’s nominees.
Moyra Davey, Toronto and New York
Moyra Davey is originally from Toronto. Her work has been exhibited around the world for over three decades. Her photographs and films have been in solo exhibitions in leading visual-arts institutions like the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien in Vienna, Polygon Gallery in Vancouver (formerly the Presentation House) and Tate Liverpool in England.
Her work is in more than 20 major museum collections. She is also an accomplished author. Davey currently lives in New York City.
Greg Staats, Toronto
Greg Staats was born in Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario. He has lived and worked in Toronto for over 20 years, pursuing lens-based photography, video installation/performance and sculpture.
His works explore combining language, mnemonics (aids to memory) and the natural world.
His work has traveled across Canada, being featured in solo exhibitions in arts venues, such as the Walter Philips Gallery in Banff, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. His work is also included in public collections across Canada, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
Stephen Waddell, Vancouver
Born in Vancouver, Stephen Waddell began his artist career in the early nineties. Waddell moved to Berlin in 1997, working there for a decade. His art initially focused on paintings before he turned towards a documentary approach to photography.
He has since returned to living and working in Vancouver, taking up a teaching position at Emily Carr University in 2010. He has published three books in Germany and Vancouver.
Shown at the Vancouver Art Gallery, his exhibition, Dark Matter Atlas, featured 35 large-scale darkroom photographs taken in Lebanon, Canada and United States.
Find out more about the nominees and the award at www.scotiabank.com/photoaward.