John Stezaker wins Deutsche Borse photography prize

Siren Song V 2002, John Stezaker Siren Song V 2002
Muse XVIII 2012 John Stezaker Muse XVIII 2012
Betrayal XVIII, Jon Stezaker Betrayal XVIII
Marriage, John Stezaker Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) LXIV, 2010

A British artist who uses other people's pictures to make his own images has won one of the world's most prestigious photography prizes.

John Stezaker was awarded the £30,000 Deutsche Borse prize at a ceremony in London on Monday night.

The collagist won for his exhibition at London's Whitechapel Gallery earlier this year.

Judges said his work was "compelling and disruptive", and "influential on a new generation of image-makers".

Stezaker's collages are a juxtaposition of old photographs and illustrations from books, magazines, vintage postcards and classic movies, which he frames to create new images.

"The Jury recognized John Stezaker's outstanding achievement spanning a period of more than thirty years, exploring the subversive force of the found image," said Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers' Gallery.

"Within the vastness of today's image flow, Stezaker has managed to resurrect the power and uncanny mystery inherent in the still image using traditional photographic strategies, most especially collage," she added.

Stezaker described the accolade as "a great honour", adding: "Being part of the exhibition has been a wonderful opportunity to showcase my work alongside other artists whose work I respect."

Now in its 16th year, the prize is awarded annually to a photographer for their work in Europe.

The other shortlisted photographers - Pieter Hugo, Rinko Kawauchi and Christopher Williams - each received £3,000.

All the shortlisted works are on show at the Photographers' Gallery in London until 9 September, 2012.

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