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,