The Foam Paul Huf Award is an internationally acclaimed photography prize, initiated by Foam, for photographers under the age of 35 from across the world.

Since 2007, Foam has awarded this prize to support and offer a platform to up-and-coming artists. In the years after receiving the award, the winners have made an international breakthrough, demonstrating that winning this title had a positive impact on their careers.

Winner Foam Paul Huf Award 2018

Daniel Shea (1985, US) is the winner of the twelfth Foam Paul Huf Award. This annual prize, given to a photography talent under 35 years, consists of €20.000 and an exhibition at Foam. The jury chose Daniel Shea from a pool of 100 nominated photographers, from 20 countries worldwide.

The jury report states:

”In a profoundly strong and varied list of international artists, the quality and consistency of Daniel Shea’s subjective visual idiom, greatly impressed the jury.
Using a variety of visual mediums, Shea’s work explores the complexity and ambiguities of urban development in his home city, New York. Drawing from his experience as a commercial photographer, Shea presents us with a seductive and disconcerting world of concrete, steel and glass, which traverses the boundaries of fact and fiction.
His latest body of work ‘43-35 10th Street’, allows us to reflect on late capitalism and its effects on a changing city landscape.”

An exhibition with the work of Daniel Shea will be on show at Foam at the end of 2018.

Jury Foam Paul Huf Award 2018

Foam Paul Huf Award jury, 2018 © Marleen van Veen

The jury for 2018 consists of:

  • Gregory Barker (chair, publisher STANLEY/BARKER, United Kingdom)
  • Marina Chao (assistant curator International Center of Photography, United States)
  • Tristan Lund (independent art consultant and curator, United Kingdom)
  • Whitney Richardson (creative visual strategist, photo editor New York Times, United States)
  • Lars Willumeit (independent curator and art educator, Switzerland)

Previous Winners

2007: Taryn Simon, Mikhael Subotzky 
2008: Pieter Hugo 
2009: Léonie Hampton-Purchas 
2010: Alexander Gronsky 
2011: Raphaël Dallaporta
2012: Alex Prager 
2013: Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs 
2014: Daniel Gordon 
2015: Momo Okabe 
2016: Daisuke Yokota
2017: Romain Mader

About Paul Huf

The title of the award refers to Dutch photographer Paul Huf (1924-2002) who had a special connection with Foam. Huf was involved in the establishment of the museum in 2001 and he was known for his open and enthusiastic approach to new photography and upcoming talent – a clear parallel with Foam's mission statement.

The Foam Paul Huf Award is made possible by JTI.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

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