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Vanessa Winship

Born in the United Kingdom.

Vanessa Winship lives in London.

After studying cinema and photography at Westminster University (Polytechnic of Central London), Vanessa shares her time between photography and teaching. She then fully devotes herself to photography and lives for about 10 years in the Balkans and Turkey.
She joins Agence VU in 2005,and the Gallery VU in 2009.
Laureate of numerous prizes, including the World Press Photo (Amsterdam) twice, the National Portrait Gallery Prize (London), PhotoEspana Descubrimientos (Madrid).
Exhibited her works in numerous museums and festivals such as the Rencontres d'Arles, the Kunstall Museum of Contemporary Art in Rotterdam or the Horst Gallery and Photographers Gallery in London.

Prize-winner of the HCB Award 2011 for her project "Out there: an American Odyssey."


  Travelling : Folkestone, United Kingdom

Portfolio

Stories

Georgia, schoolchildren (2011)

«I lived and worked in the region of the Balkans, Turkey and the Caucasus for more than a decade. My work, focuses on the junction between chronicle and fiction, exploring ideas around concepts of borders, land, memory, desire, identity and history. I am interested in the telling of history, and in notions around periphery and edge. For me photography is a process of litracy, a journey of understanding.» Vanessa Winship

Georgia, A small piece of Eden (2009)

I went to Georgia for the first time in 2003, not long after the Rose Revolution. I didn’t go because of the revolution as such, but that was the context I found myself in. I was on a journey, a personal journey, a dialogue with photography and story telling. Georgia, like so many places with a sense of an ancient past, was a place that seemed to be in love with its own idea of self. It is a place where people comfortably celebrate the lush beauty of the land. The density and texture of the forests and mountains at first sight, transport you to a reality that might have been created by some alchemists brew. It is the same with the features of people who occupy this place. Faces...

Sweet nothings : The Schoolgirls from the Borderlands of Eastern Anatolia (2007)

I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years. I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging. One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled was the schoolgirls in their little blue dresses, the same in every town, city or village. These dresses with their lace collars and sweet messages embroidered on the bodices, were the symbol of the Turkish state, but the girls who wore them were simply little girls. In the borderlands of Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Armenia the dresses were still the same. The land is harsh and unforgiving, the mountains are high and cold. Life is difficult here, and the lives of the...

Black Sea : Between chronicle and fiction (2007)

The Black Sea is bordered by six countries; Romania and Bulgaria to the west, Ukraine, Russia and Georgia to the north and east and Turkey to the south. Five rivers flow to the Black Sea. Along these river courses, the Danube, the Dneister, the Dnieper, the Don, and the Kuban have flowed a succession of nomadic cultures. Named Pontus Exinus ("the inhospitable sea"), the Black Sea was navigated and its shores colonized by the Greeks as early as the eighth century before Christ and later by the Romans in the third to first centuries B.C. From the Crusades and the Ottomans to the recent collapse of the Soviet Union, the Black Sea has witnessed often-tumultuous religious and political change....

Ashura - Turkey, Istanbul (2006)

Shiite Muslim girls mourning for Al Hussein on the sacred Shiite ceremony of mourning, Ashura. Ashura marks the Shiite Muslim's commemoration of the 7th century killing of their most revered Saint Imam Hussein. Al Hussein was a grandson of Islam's prophet Mohammed and is a symbol of martyrdom for Shiites.

Imagined States and Desires (2006)

Vanessa Winship ends her journey in Eastern States with a work in which the subjectivity is assumed. What interested her here, is to fix what is, for her, the aesthetic of the former soviet strongholds. A form of post-USSR Slavic culture, still marked by the communism codes and symbols...in the eyes of the Westerners. Such assumed approach is more interesting because it send us back to our own imaginary world, and to its outdated side: imagined lands and desires.

Ukraine, spring (2005)

Vanessa Winship continues her tour in the former soviet states. The epoch has marked the state’s culture, and the photographer hasn’t got any problem to find the traces of this time...or, maybe does she track down it? The usage of black and white seems to fix scenes in a bygone past, and if the work was not dated, we would swear sometimes that it was produced 20 years earlier. Like things could endure all this time in our eyes.

Georgia in Transition (2004)

A former USSR state, Georgia carries on its shoulder a terrible burden: to have being a communism test country. The state has never recovered its economy since the empire fall. But, for Georgian people, it’s a matter of life, go further without looking back. Vanessa Winship goes to meet them, and comes back with pictures in which black and white shades remains modest. What is photographed here is enough to testify that the life is hard, the way Winship photographs never tries to reinforce this matter of fact.

Books

She dances on Jackson

In 2011 Vanessa Winship was the recipient of the Henri Cartier Bresson Award which funds an artist to pursue a new photographic project. For over a year Winship travelled across the United States, from California to Virginia, New Mexico to Montana, in pursuit of the fabled ‘American dream’. She dances on Jackson presents a conversation, a lyrical and lilting interaction between landscape and portrait exploring the vastness of the United States and attempting to understand the link between a territory and its inhabitants. For Winship this relationship is inextricable; places accrue particular meanings according to the people she meets, what she sees, and by what's happening to her personally. Each human encounter, sound and smell adds extra dimensions to her work and the resulting photographs.

She dances on Jackson marks a progression. Stylistically similar to her previous work using black and white film and a large format camera, Winship’s portraits remain arresting and unnerving but this body of work reveals her to also be a skilled landscape photographer. For Winship photography is a process of literacy, a path by which she understands life. Her intimate approach enables the reader to glimpse the world as she sees it, if only for a moment.
Text by: Vanessa Winship

Publisher: Mack (2013)
144 pages
Size: 24 cm x 27 cm  

Sweet nothings

This charming book by British photographer Vanessa Winship brings together her most recent and much celebrated project from Turkey. Having won this year a World Press Photo award and the Sony Award for this body of work

Publisher: Images en Manoeuvres Editions (2008)  

Schwarzes Meer


Text by: Karl J. Spurzem

Publisher: Mare (2007)
136 pages
Size: 28 x 30 cm
ISBN :393654395X   

Awards


    2011 - Prize-winner of the HCB Award 2011 for her project "Out there: an American Odyssey."

    2010 - PHE Brugal Extra Viejo Award for the series 'Sweet Nothings'

    2010 - National Media Musuem Bradford

    2010 - PhotoEspana Descubrimientos ( Discovery award)

    2009 - National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize, Second Prize for her series “Girl in a Golden Dress”.

    2008 -
Portraits: 1st prize stories (with Rural school girls, Eastern Turkey)

    2008 - 'Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year' Title

    2008 - "Godfrey Argent Award" of the National Portrait Gallery (UK) for the series Sweet Nothings.

    2003 - Honorable mention for "Albanian Landscape" Oscar Barnack

    1998 - First prize in Arts stories category World Press Photo

Exhibitions



Vanessa Winship (Toulouse)
From 2015-01-14 to 2015-03-08

Exposition monographique, présentant plusieurs de ses séries : « Black Sea », « Sweet Nothings » et « She Dances on Jackson »

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Retrospective Exhibition (Madrid )
From 2014-05-27 to 2014-08-31

Fundación MAPFRE inaugurates its new exhibition of photographs at the Paseo de Recoletos 27 with the first retrospective devoted to the work of the British photographer Vanessa Winship. Designed by Carlos Martín García, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through her whole work with a wide selection of photographs of all series of the artist, the first photographs devoted to Balkans until her most recent work in Almería in 2014. This exhibition is the opportunity to present for the first time this exhibition layout designed by Fundación MAPFRE. She will be accompanied by a...

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Sweet Nothings (Vichy)
From 2013-06-14 to 2013-09-01

"Sweet nothings : The Small Schoolgirls of the Borderlands in Eastern Anatolia. I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years. I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging. During my time in Turkey I had grown familiar with many aspects of life that were alien to my own life in England : the ever present military in every town and on every hill, the crowds that moved so comfortably in such urban spaces, the vast open stretches of dusty roads on the high plateaus. One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled...

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She dances on Jackson (Paris)
From 2013-05-15 to 2013-07-28


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Georgia ()
From 2012-07-06 to 2012-09-10

"This place where I buy from a kind of messenger, the seeds for my imagining.\rHere, they are wrapped in a tiny scrap of an old music manuscript. Everywhere on the streets I see the remnants of these imaginings, that is until the wind or the rain carries them away.\rThese are of course the empty husks of sunflower seeds, sold on the streets by old women, and are staple of this whole region.\rI went to Georgia for the first time in 2003, not long after the so called Rose Revolution. I didn’t go because of the revolution as such, but that was the context I found myself in. I was on a journey,...

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Black Sea (Roma)
From 2011-10-08 to 2011-10-23

“For thousands of years, a whole host of cultures met up with one another on the edges of the Black Sea. It divided peoples and cultures, but it also brought them together”. Ritt Bjerregaard.\r\rThe Black Sea is surrounded by six countries: Romania and Bulgaria to the west, The Ukraine, Russia and Georgia to the north and east, and Turkey to the south. Known as Pontus Exinus (the inhospitable sea), the Black Sea and its shores were colonised by the Greeks as early as the 8th century BC, then by the Romans from the 1st to the 3rd centuries AD.\rFrom the Crusades and the Ottomans through to...

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Black Sea (Sète)
From 2011-06-02 to 2011-06-19

Vanessa Winship exhibited his work "The Black Sea " in the Singular Images festival in Sète.\r\rPontus Exinus, the inhospitable sea, is the other name given to the Black sea whose shores were first colonised by the Greeks in the eighth century and then by the Romans. Since the crusades and Ottoman era until the recent end of the Soviet Union, it has been witness to innumerable political and religious changes. Vanessa Winship’s images explore the multiple cultural identities that mingle along its shores.

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(Paris)
From 2011-02-04 to 2011-03-19

Vanessa Winship privilégie le portrait posé à la chambre, souvent individuel, toujours de face et de préférence en pied. Elle n'est pas pour autant ce qu'on a coutume d'appeler une portraitiste. Convaincue que la photographie « est peut-être la représentation la plus fidèle de la mémoire », elle n'utilise le portrait que pour construire, au fil de ses séjours et déplacements aux confins des terres d'Europe et d'Asie, une oeuvre habitée par les notions de temps, de territoire et d'identité et plus encore, par la toute relativité de ces notions.\rAujourd'hui présentées pour la...

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Sweet Nothings (Milano)
From 2010-10-10 to 2010-11-06

"Sweet nothings : The Small Schoolgirls of the Borderlands in Eastern Anatolia. I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years. I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging. During my time in Turkey I had grown familiar with many aspects of life that were alien to my own life in England : the ever present military in every town and on every hill, the crowds that moved so comfortably in such urban spaces, the vast open stretches of dusty roads on the high plateaus. One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled...

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Sweet Nothings (Foligno)
From 2010-07-08 to 2010-09-09

"Sweet nothings : The Small Schoolgirls of the Borderlands in Eastern Anatolia. I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years. I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging. During my time in Turkey I had grown familiar with many aspects of life that were alien to my own life in England : the ever present military in every town and on every hill, the crowds that moved so comfortably in such urban spaces, the vast open stretches of dusty roads on the high plateaus. One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled...

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Sweet Nothings (Saint-Denis)
From 2010-03-09 to 2010-04-15

Sweet nothings : The Small Schoolgirls of the Borderlands in Eastern Anatolia. I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years. I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging. During my time in Turkey I had grown familiar with many aspects of life that were alien to my own life in England : the ever present military in every town and on every hill, the crowds that moved so comfortably in such urban spaces, the vast open stretches of dusty roads on the high plateaus. One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled...

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Sweet Nothings and Black Sea (Newcastle)
From 2009-11-07 to 2010-01-09

Sweet nothings : The Small Schoolgirls of the Borderlands in Eastern Anatolia. I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years. I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging. During my time in Turkey I had grown familiar with many aspects of life that were alien to my own life in England : the ever present military in every town and on every hill, the crowds that moved so comfortably in such urban spaces, the vast open stretches of dusty roads on the high plateaus. One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled...

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Sweet nothings (Rotterdam)
From 2009-09-19 to 2010-01-17

Sweet nothings : The Small Schoolgirls of the Borderlands in Eastern Anatolia. I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years. I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging. During my time in Turkey I had grown familiar with many aspects of life that were alien to my own life in England : the ever present military in every town and on every hill, the crowds that moved so comfortably in such urban spaces, the vast open stretches of dusty roads on the high plateaus. One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled...

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Sweet nothings, The Schoolgirls from the Borderlands of Eastern Anatolia (Londres)
From 2009-02-03 to 2009-03-05

I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years.I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging.One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled was the schoolgirls in their little blue dresses, the same in every town, city or village.These dresses with their lace collars and sweet messages embroidered on the bodices, were the symbol of the Turkish state, but the girls who wore them were simply little girls.In the borderlands of Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Armenia the dresses were still the same.The land is harsh and...

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Sweet nothings : The Schoolgirls from the Borderlands of Eastern Anatolia (Lillebonne)
From 2009-01-15 to 2009-04-17

I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years.I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging.One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled was the schoolgirls in their little blue dresses, the same in every town, city or village.These dresses with their lace collars and sweet messages embroidered on the bodices, were the symbol of the Turkish state, but the girls who wore them were simply little girls.In the borderlands of Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Armenia the dresses were still the same.The land is harsh and...

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Sweet nothings, The Schoolgirls from the Borderlands of Eastern Anatolia (Athens)
From 2008-11-06 to 2008-12-03

I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years.I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging.One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled was the schoolgirls in their little blue dresses, the same in every town, city or village.These dresses with their lace collars and sweet messages embroidered on the bodices, were the symbol of the Turkish state, but the girls who wore them were simply little girls.In the borderlands of Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Armenia the dresses were still the same.The land is harsh and...

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Sweet nothings : The Schoolgirls from the Borderlands of Eastern Anatolia (Arles)
From 2008-07-08 to 2008-09-14

I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years.I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging.One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled was the schoolgirls in their little blue dresses, the same in every town, city or village.These dresses with their lace collars and sweet messages embroidered on the bodices, were the symbol of the Turkish state, but the girls who wore them were simply little girls.In the borderlands of Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Armenia the dresses were still the same.The land is harsh and...

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Black Sea (Shenyang)
From 2008-06-22 to 2008-07-22

For me the water has always been a part of my life, part of me.By chance am from an Island surrounded by water.My name is Winship, and although I don’t know its real origin, I have always accepted it as being connected with the sea.My father and his father worked on boats.As a small girl our family house overlooked the water.And so even though this journey is to an unknown sea, I have connected with lives, if only momentarily, that are not mine, but could so easily be.I am interested in history and the telling of that history,about the traces of those histories on both the physical and...

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Black Sea (Paris)
From 2008-05-21 to 2008-07-14

'International Sea photography Festival'The Black Sea is surrounded by six countries: Romania and Bulgaria to the west, The Ukraine, Russia and Georgia to the north and east, and Turkey to the south. Known as Pontus Exinus (the inhospitable sea), the Black Sea and its shores were colonised by the Greeks as early as the 8th century BC, then by the Romans from the 1st to the 3rd centuries AD.From the Crusades and the Ottomans through to the break-up of Soviet Union, the whole of this region has witnessed sometimes tumultuous political and religious changes. Following the countless conquests...

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Black Sea (Vannes)
From 2008-04-18 to 2008-05-18

"International Sea photography Festival"The Black Sea is surrounded by six countries: Romania and Bulgaria to the west, The Ukraine, Russia and Georgia to the north and east, and Turkey to the south. Known as Pontus Exinus (the inhospitable sea), the Black Sea and its shores were colonised by the Greeks as early as the 8th century BC, then by the Romans from the 1st to the 3rd centuries AD.From the Crusades and the Ottomans through to the break-up of Soviet Union, the whole of this region has witnessed sometimes tumultuous political and religious changes. Following the countless conquests...

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Sweet Nothings (Newcastle)
From 0000-00-00 to 0000-00-00

Sweet nothings : The Small Schoolgirls of the Borderlands in Eastern Anatolia. I had been living and working in the region for almost a decade, and in Turkey itself for more than four years. I was drawn by ideas of borders and belonging. During my time in Turkey I had grown familiar with many aspects of life that were alien to my own life in England : the ever present military in every town and on every hill, the crowds that moved so comfortably in such urban spaces, the vast open stretches of dusty roads on the high plateaus. One enduring image that had always struck me wherever I travelled...

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