Eyes of Artists

Aperture Portfolio Prize 2008

Posted in photographers by Corey Presha on April 12, 2009

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– Michael Corridore was awarded Aperture’s Portfolio Prize for 2008 for his beautiful series Angry Black Snake. Colin Blakely, who’s work I also really enjoy was picked as a runner up for his series Somewhere in Middle America. Find out more information on last years winners as well as information for this years competition on the Aperture site here.

Shrouded by thick, toxic-looking smoke, spectators at a racetrack endure an alarming, post apocalyptic world devoid of trees, blue skies or clean air to pursue their passion for racing. While their bodies struggle to deal with the uncomfortable conditions, their faces remain transfixed by the events going on just beyond the frame. For Corridore, the race itself is unimportant: “I did not wish to document or comment on those events. I was interested in the spectator’s responses to the shifting conditions of their environments, their moments of unease when they lose connection to a tangible landscape.” Michael Corridore lives in Sydney and New York and has exhibited widely in Australia. Angry Black Snake forms part of an ongoing body of work which he has been documenting for more than five years.

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© Michael Corridore
See more work here.

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