“It is a tremendous privilege to be able to present this Award to such an important artist who has broken boundaries in her profession. Candida’s work, technically perfect and so beautifully intense, is a delight to behold.” - Scott Gray, CEO, World Photography Organisation
We are thrilled to announce celebrated contemporary artist Candida Höfer as the recipient of this year's Outstanding Contribution to Photography award. Previous recipients of the award include Mary Ellen Mark, Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, and Martin Parr.
Read our interview with Candida, where she talks about how she chooses her spaces, her memory of an inflatable frog, and her advice to young photographers.
Candida Höfer is one of the world's foremost contemporary photographers. Renowned for her precise methodology and technique, her internationally recognized work often takes the form of large-format color photography. Her powerful portraits of vast, empty interiors are part of major collections around the world and are exhibited in leading museums worldwide.
Candida will be presented with her award at a ceremony in London on the 19th April. A personal selection of Höfer's works will be shown at the 2018 Exhibition, from 20th April - 6th May. The exhibition will include three of Höfer’s most notable large-scale pieces – Musée du Louvre Paris XXI 2005, Hermitage St. Petersburg VIII 2014 and Trinity College Library Dublin I 2004 - which are on loan from Ben Brown Fine Arts, London.
Höfer's works will join more than 600 images from across the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Curated by Mike Trow, former Picture Editor, British Vogue, the images have been specially selected from record-breaking submissions to the 2018 Awards.