Israeli Rami Maymon Wins the Rudin Prize for Emerging Photography

Rami Maymon, Untitled (Youth), 2013. Photo: Rami Maymon.

The Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers has been awarded to Rami Maymon. Presented every other year by the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, the award, which is in the amount of $20,000, is given to an artist who has never had a solo museum show.

“Rami’s photographs are elegant and complicated, and engage the viewer with their intellectual rigor and stunning visual layers,” said Tim B. Wride, the Norton’s curator of photography, in a statement. “Immersing himself in the myriad ways we experience photographic imagery, Rami has succeeded in giving form to both the conceptual underpinnings and the visual complexities of the photographic process.”

The Tel Aviv-based artist, who was nominated for the honor by Israeli artist Adi Nes, edged out three other photographers to take the prize: Germany’s Miriam Böhm, nominated by Thomas Demand; Brooklyn’s Delphine Fawundu, nominated by Deborah Willis; and Guatemala’s Renato Osoy, nominated by Luis González-Palma. The prize’s inaugural winner was Los Angeles-based photographer Analia Saban, honored in 2012.

“We created the Rudin Prize to recognize artists working on the cutting edge of photography, exploring new and intriguing directions for the medium,” added Beth Rudin DeWoody, who serves on the Norton photography committee and is the daughter of the prize’s namesake, the late Lewis Rudin. “With an incredible depth of talent, it’s always difficult to choose just one winner. . . . Rami’s intriguing work captivates the imagination and truly reflects what is special about photography and what it can capture.”

Maymon was selected by Wride, Norton executive director Hope Alswang, and the members of the Norton photography committee. Work from all four nominees will be on display in a group exhibition at the Norton through January 11, 2015, with selected pieces from each artist entering the museum’s permanent collection.

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