Sarah Straussberg’s commission for ‘Master of Photography’

May 21, 2018

Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitor Sarah Straussberg has produced her latest commission for the Photo London ‘Master of Photography’ award 2018.

This is the fourth year running that Sarah has been commissioned to create the award, previous winners include photography icons Sebastião Salgado, Don McCullen and Taryn Simon. This year’s winner is another hugely influential artist: Edward Burtynsky.

Burtynsky’s work examines the damage we have caused our earth through industry and mining, using cutting edge technology to create large scale photographs depicting areas of human intervention. Sarah took inspiration from this modern, digital approach to produce a contemporary design, which allows the simplicity of the logo to stand alone while the strong, polished, petrol blue stripe is striking and modern.

Sarah explained, ‘The choice of materials for this award was crucial in accentuating both the origins of the idea and the bold feel of the design. As this collection of Burtynsky’s work is about industry and mining, I wanted to use tough, often mined and uncompromising materials. Sterling Silver sheet is folded into a column with one curved edge, creating a strong and bold yet precious piece. I combined this with Jesmonite, a composite resin that is commonly used to repair buildings and recreate architectural details. I also used the ‘Old Terracotta’ mix to highlight the rich earthly tones featured in Burtynky’s work with a stone grain to add texture and contrast to the slick silver sheet. It is a continued honour to work with Photo London and create tactile, expressive pieces of work that recognise some of the world’s best photographers.’

Sarah will be exhibiting at Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 where you will find her Week two, stand 19.

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