Part of the exhibition “(Ei)land” or “Is(not)”, by Polish photographers and Icelandic authors, featuring the belief in hidden people, or elves, in Iceland, earned the second prize for best portrait series in the respected Picture of the Year International last month.
From the “Hidden People” photo series. Source: Gerduberg.
The series by photographer Adam Pańczuk and author Sindri Freysson is called “Hidden People”. The artistic duo traveled the country in the summer and autumn of 2010, sought out people who claimed to have connections with the hidden world, interviewed them and took their portraits, as stated on Gerduberg culture center’s website.
Picture of the Year International was first held in 1944 and has long since earned international respect. Tens of thousands of photographs are entered in the competition each year. The jury includes industry professionals from the National Geographic, Chicago Tribune and Sports Illustrated.
An exhibition of the winners’ work will take place in the Newseum in Washington DC, April to October 2011.
Meanwhile “Is(not)” is currently on display in the Harpa concert and culture center in Akureyri and in Gdansk, Poland, and will open in Gerduberg, Reykjavík, and Listasafn Árnesinga, south Iceland, on March 12 (running until May 8).
The exhibition will travel to Bielsko-Biala, Poland, in April and Warsaw in June.
Click here for further information about the project and participating photographers.