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November 27, 2004
"Snow Management" from the BMW-Paris Photo award winning series by Jules Spinatsch.
Jules Spinatsch, a Swiss-born photographer, was awarded the 1st annual BMW-Paris Photo Prize for Photography, at the international photography exposition in Paris November 11-14, 2004. The winning series of photographs, large-format abstracts of machine-groomed ski slopes illuminated only by the headlights of the snow cat machines that groom them late at night, is part of work-in-progress ironically named "Snow Management". Upon reviewing Spinatsch's earlier bodies of work, one can see the photographer's consistent examination of human obsession for control — over nature, politics, each other, and public perception.
In an audio interview for Lens Culture, Spinatsch talks about his recently completed multi-year series that he made showing the "Temporary Discomfort" created when summits of government leaders temporarily take over cities around the world — and change those cities dramatically for the sake of "security".
Look for the interview and a portfolio of his work in an all new edition of Lens Culture in early December.
Other artists featured in the upcoming new edition: Mona Kuhn, Jeff Cowen, Rene Burri, Mario A, Thomas Robinson, and a review of a current show at the Nailya Alexander gallery in New York about Soviet-era propaganda. Come back and check it all out on December 6.