Photographer Stan Douglas has won this year’s Scotiabank Photography Award, coming in ahead of Angela Grauerholz and Robert Walker.
Douglas is known for photographing particular locations and events–this includes venturing as far back as B.C. events such as the Gastown riot of 1971 and a 1996 landslide at McBride Bay.Douglas uses photography, film, storytelling and public spectacle in his profession and often explores issues such as race and poverty.
Edward Burtynsky, chair of the jury and co-founder of the award said:
“Stan Douglas has helped define and enrich the Canadian art and photography landscape with his outstanding artwork.”
“He has pushed the limits of contemporary photography and will continue to have an incredible impact on the world of photography both here in Canada and abroad.”
Upon accepting his award at Toronto’s Ryerson Image Centre, Douglas said:
“As long as we think about what photography can be beyond convention– in a world like this we (photographers) will be well-needed and well regarded.”
As well as taking home a $50, 000 cash prize, Douglas will have a selection of his work published internationally by Steidl and have a solo exhibition at the 2014 CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto.