Marlow wins Bowness Photography Prize.

In-public’s Jesse Marlow has won Australia’s most prestigious photography award, the $25 000 Bowness Photography Prize.

This is the first time a street photographer has won the $25 000 prize. Marlow’s winning photograph Laser vision is an ambiguous and disorientating image of a chance encounter during the photographer’s daily travels around the streets of Melbourne. Marlow states, “contrived photographic shoots and intricately designed set-ups have never interested me. Rather it is the uncertainty of street photography that continues to stimulate. The idea that I can leave the house one morning and come home at the end of the day with a photograph that will be with me forever constantly drives and excites me.”

For the judges, the winning picture expressed in a very satisfying way a significant aspect of contemporary photographic practice. Street photography, which has a long tradition in photographic history, is experiencing a significant rebirth. Armed with smart phones, we are all potential street photographers. For MGA Director Shaune Lakin, “Marlow’s picture is in many ways the perfect street photograph: it is a candid image of everyday life, but one that makes the everyday seem both extraordinary and strange.”



In-Public was set up in 2000 to provide a home for Street Photographers.

Our aim is to promote Street Photography and to continue to explore its possibilities, we are a non commercial collective. All the photographers featured here have been invited to show their work because they have the ability to see the unusual in the everyday and to capture the moment. The pictures remind us that, if we let it, over-familiarity can make us blind to what’s really going on in the world around us.

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