US photographer Frank Hallam Day has won the 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack Award for his Alumascapes portfolio
Frank Hallam Day wins a €5000 cash prize, as well as a Leica M9-P camera and a lens worth more than €10,000. He will be presented with the award at the Rencontres d’Arles festival on 03 July.
“Throughout his career as a photographer, Frank Hallam Day has concerned himself with many different aspects of the medium,” says Leica in a statement. “Following numerous projects with a focus on political issues, his work has now increasingly turned towards exploring the relationships between man and the environment. For this, he shoots predominantly at night to reveal a suggestive and ambiguous side of the world.”
Alumascapes is the result of a month-long journey through Florida, where Day photographed “ultra-modern, high-tech and luxury” recreational vehicles entwined in the jungle landscapes, appearing “as essential islands of security in a dark and hostile environment.” Writes Olivier Laurent in the BJP