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Vanessa Winship February 24, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Turkey.
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School girls, East Anatolia, Turkey

Vanessa Winship (b.1960, Uk) is a graduate of Film, Video and Photographic arts from the Polytechnic of Central London . In 2009 she received second prize from the NPG for a portrait from her recent Georgia series, in 2008 she won the Godfrey Argent prize for the best Black and White image, from the same competition for one of her images from the Sweet Nothings series.The same work has been exhibited at Les Rencontres Arles Photographie, Host Gallery, London, and the Kunsthal, museum of contemporary art in Rotterdam. Vanessa is represented by Agence VU in France and currently lives in London.

About the Photograph:

“This particular image was made at a school on the outskirts of a town called Hakkari which lies very close to the Iraq border. On the evening we arrived at our hotel we were visited by the police who had come to tell us that the only real road leading out of the town had been blown up. At first we thought there had been some kind of an attack, but in fact it was being blown up in order to start new work enlarging the road. They cheerfully told us that it probably wouldn’t be open again for a few days and that the only other road out was over a mountain pass which wasn’t so easy to navigate! I’m working with a 4×5 camera was lucky with the light on this occasion. In many of the other schools I’d really struggled with there not being enough light inside, or there being impossibly bright sunlight outside. I usually asked the teachers if there were any sisters who might like to be photographed together, and so of course these two almost identical small girls presented themselves to me.”

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