Juror’s Pick

This project was singled out for distinction among the submissions to LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016 by juror Anne Bourgeois-Vignon. Each juror selected one photographer to be awarded a special $1,000 grant—discover why this one stood out.

Artist’s Statement

My way of working is that I often coexist with the people I photograph. I’m drawn to photograph abandoned skin and wounded nature. Nature and skin that are exposed—and the link between them. Where we belong.

I am looking for an imprint depicting the presence of an absence. Tracks in the picture indicate a past event, but leave a mystique about them.

I see great importance in small, subtle body movements, searching movements. I work with dimmed and faded colours, so they do not create too much drama. The pictures look soft and beautiful, but if you go close, you feel that something is not right—things are happening beneath the surface. As if the surface tensions are ready to burst.

With this series of images, I want to create a feeling of being trapped in a repetition of emotions.

—Hannah Modigh


Juror’s statement:

Chronicling the streets of New Orleans, Swedish photographer Hannah Modigh captures the rawness of the city’s deprived areas in sloping shafts of sunlight: both ethereal and powerfully real, her images are distinctly beautiful and bold, yet the series is nuanced and full of suggested narratives. Each illuminated scene gives both an insight into the city’s current state and into this emerging photographer’s alluring aesthetic—a striking combination which I look forward to seeing evolving as her practice continues.

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Global Digital Director
Magnum Photos
London, UK


Editors’ Note: “Hurricane Season” will be exhibiting at Fotografiska in Stockholm from June 9 til the end of August, 2016. A book will be released at the same time, published by Max Ström.