The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture has been awarded to Ilona Szwarc. Ilona Szwarc is represented by Institute.
The Arnold Newman Prize was established by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation in 2009 to recognize and reward excellence in new directions in photographic portraiture.
The annual prize winner receives an award of $15,000 and is recognized in ceremonies in New York and at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. The prize is funded by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation with support from Maine Media Workshops, the American Society of Media Photographers, and Photo District News.
Ilona Szwarc (American and Polish) is an artist based in New York City. Her work explores notions of gender, identity and beauty in the context of American culture.
Szwarc received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has had solo exhibitions at Foley Gallery in New York City, Claude Samuel gallery in Paris and Maison de la Photographie in Lille, France and has been shown in group shows internationally – in London, Bilbao, Lodz, Chicago and New York, etc. Szwarc has won the World Press Photo Award 2013, PDN Annual 2012, and was chosen as 2014 PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. She has been selected for American Photography 28 and 29. Her work has been featured in numerous publications worldwide including The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The New Yorker, The UK Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Surface China, Blink and PDN amongst others.
Her projects ‘American Girls’ and ‘Rodeo Girls’ have received worldwide recognition.