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Constantine Manos wins Leica Medal of Excellence 2003 - Manos' ten winning images represent recent color work from his ongoing project titled American Color.
Constantine Manos is the 2003 winner of the Leica Medal of Excellence, the annual photography award presented by Leica Camera AG of Solms, Germany, and the International Leica galleries in New York, Prague, Tokyo and Vienna.
The winner was chosen from a field of 256 entries world-wide, and the decision of the judges was unanimous. The award was given for a series of between three and ten related images made since 1999 and was based primarily on the basis of aesthetic impact. The series was judged as a whole.
Included with the award is a 5,000 Euro cash prize. Manos' ten winning images represent recent color work from his ongoing project titled American Color. In this project Constantine Manos has created a set of fascinating images which engage both the eye and mind and invite repeated viewings and contemplation.
Photographing mostly in exotic locations and at public events in the United States, such as Venice Beach, Atlantic City, Bike Week at Daytona Beach, and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Manos presents a kaleidoscopic view of American culture. "Although the pictures were made in the United States, they do not pretend to constitute a general or definitive statement about the country or its people. They are instead specific moments which cannot be categorized and which exist for their own sake. The viewer will find within this collection photographs which charm, mystify, and astonish while asking questions without really giving answers" explains Leica photographer Manos.
The photographs will be exhibited at the Leica Gallery in New York, with the opening and award presentation set for early October, 2003. The exhibition will then travel to Leica Galleries in Prague, Vienna, Tokyo, and Germany.
Previous winners of the Leica medal of Excellence include Alex Webb, Paolo Pellegrin and Kai Wiedenhfer. Judges for the competition were Jennifer Blessing (President), Project Curator, The Guggenheim Museum, New York City; Hans-Michael Koetzle, Editor-in-chief, Leica World Magazine; Rose and Jay Deutsch, On-Site Directors, Leica Gallery, New York City; Gero Furchheim, Director, Corporate Communications, Leica Camera AG, Solms, Germany; Angelika Grndler, Leica Gallery/Westlicht, Vienna; Iana Bomerova, Leica Gallery, Prague; and Kazuhisa Yoneyama, Marketing Manager, Leica Gallery, Tokyo.
Constantine Manos is a member of Magnum Photos. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, and others. His books include Portrait of a Symphony, A Greek Portfolio, Bostonians and American Color. He is represented in many Magnum group books. His work may also be seen on the following web-sites: constantinemanos.com, magnumphotos.com.