FORMAT19 – Genesis Imaging & Fujifilm Open Call Award: Winner Announced as Matthew Arnold

© Matthew Arnold from his series 'Topography Is Fate'

Genesis Imaging continue to support FORMAT International Photography Festival with a bursary for the Open Call Awards in partnership with Fujifilm. The Genesis and Fujifilm Open Call Award is comprised of £1000 worth of printing and framing (on Fujifilm Crystal Archive paper).

This years theme for the festival is FOREVER//NOW. Featuring contemporary and archival photography, the festival will explore our attachment to the idea of FOREVER, through photography they seek to represent our ever-changing worlds and histories.

The recipient of the Genesis Imaging and Fujifilm Open Call Award goes to Matthew Arnold for his project ‘Topography Is Fate – North African Battlefields of World War II’. As the winner of the award, Matthew will receive £1000 worth of our services including Bespoke Framing and Professional Photographic Printing (on Fujifilm Crystal Archive paper).

Matthew will be exhibiting this work at this years’ FORMAT Festival. Congratulations Matthew!

FORMAT Festival will run from 14 March – 15 April in Derby, UK.

More about Matthew & Topography is Fate:

Matthew Arnold spent months in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, to photograph these unfamiliar North African landscapes upon which many crucial battles in the North African Campaign (June 1940 to May 1943) were fought. The sites were found utilising old battle maps and by following the paths that the Allied military units used. Arnold has documented the battlefields as they currently stand in a personal style of landscape photography: impressionistic muted horizons of desert, coastal seascape and grassland, incorporating bunkers, trenches and physical artifacts of the conflict that remain as part of the environment. Unexploded shells, barbed wire and mines still litter the landscapes of North Africa and occasionally claim yet another victim, as if the very land itself is reminding us of the tragedy of war. May 2013 is the 70th anniversary of the end of the North African Campaign.

Matthew Arnold’s photographic work explores the interrelationship between our history, culture, and personal experiences in this increasingly complex world. His work has been exhibited and promoted widely across the United States and around the world in galleries and museums. His latest project was published in 2014 as a monograph entitled, Topography Is Fate—North African Battlefields of World War II, by the German publisher, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg.

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