Todd Hido, born in 1968 in Kent/Ohio, studied at the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts and at the Tufts University. He graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts with his M.F.A. in 1996. Since 2001, when he published his first monograph‚ "House Hunting" he became a rising star of the American art scene. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, and are included in well-known museum collections like the Whitney Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, George Eastman House and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
For the second year, ING Private Banking presents the New Talent Photography Award to showcase the work of five top talents from Dutch photography- and art academies. The finalists created a photograph according to the theme 'vooruitstrevend' (or 'innovative') under the supervision of Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra (b. 1959). The winner was announced this after at Unseen: Anne Geene (b. 1983, Netherlands).
Five finalists were selected by a jury consisting of Frits Gierstberg (head of Exhibitions for the Dutch Photography Museum in Rotterdam), Marloes Krijnen (director of Foam), Roos van Put (adviser on Visual and Performing Arts for the Council for Culture) and Karien van Gennip (General Manager ING Private Banking & Investments). The finalists this year were Maurice van Es (b. 1984, Netherlands), Anne Geene (b. 1983, Netherlands), Alexandra Hunts (b. 1990, Ukraine), Lana Mesić (b. 1987, Netherlands/Croatia) and Jan Rosseel (b. 1987, Belgium).
The jury selected Anne Geene as the winner of the 2014 New Talent Photography Award. Her work provides us with a different approach to the world around us. She has combined the reality of the street and the stubbornness of nature with a sharp eye and a hint of imagination.
Michael Wolf (Munich, 1954) grew up in the United States, Europe and Canada, and studied at UC Berkeley and at the Folkwang School in Essen, Germany. Wolf's work has been exhibited extensively in galleries and at art fairs throughout the world since 2005, including shows at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, at the Museum Centre Vapriikki in Tampere, Finland, and at the Aperture Gallery in New York. Michael Wolf won a first prize in the World Press Photo Award Competition in 2005 (Contemporary Issues Series) and in 2010 (Daily Life Single), on both occasions with topics photographed in Asia.
Petra Stavast has brought enormous care and devotion to documenting the life of her former landlady, Ramya. When the photographer moved into Ramya's home in 2001, the camera became their means of communication. The result is a series of quiet, intimate photographs of the house and its inhabitant. Following Ramya's death in 2012, the project gained a new dimension. Stavast delved deeper into her former landlady's life story and discovered not only Ramya's private archive, but also photographs taken from time to time by a neigbor. In her committed photo book, Stavast traces events such as Ramya's membership of the Rajneeshpuram commune, established between 1981 and 1985 by followers of the Bhagwan (Osho) in the no-man's-land of Oregon, USA. Now, as Stavast's photographs reveal, the only on-site reminder of that period is a wide asphalted road. A video shows Ramya, back in Amsterdam, at a workshop given by a new guru. Together, these documents constitute Stavast's biography of ramya: a record of an unusual life.