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March 24, 2007
From the series We decided to let them say, "we are convinced," twice, 2002
© The Atlas Group/Courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Walid Raad/The Atlas Group (b. 1967, Lebanon), is the winner of the £30,000 prize for his significant contribution to the medium of photography in Europe. The award was announced at the Photographer's Gallery in London, on 21 March 2007.
Brett Rogers, Chair of the Jury and Director of The Photographers' Gallery, said:
"Raad's work opens up new possibilities for reinterpreting photography's role in the construction of 'history' especially in connection with his main project on the Lebanese Civil Wars. He demonstrates a new form of conceptual practice, one that combines the poetic with the political, and yet remains playfully engaging. Through his work Walid Raad questions the role of authorship and authenticity 'fact as a process' presenting the world and its functions as a complex layer of systems."
You can discover more of the winning photos, as well as work from the other three finalists, in our report in Lens Culture.