Saatchi Gallery celebrates photographers

Written by Staff Writer

Art and creativity are alive and well at the Saatchi Gallery in Manchester, England.

The gallery, a proponent of 20th century modernism and avant-garde art, is currently home to the galleries’ annual exhibition competition, taking place until June 12, and featuring a host of unknown fashion designers, artists and photographers.

The industry powerhouse launched the Historic Image Awards in 2007 as a way to “recognize the pioneering photographic innovators of the past,” according to the gallery’s website.

“We seek to reward the very best in old and new photographic style as well as make the public aware of outstanding creative talent which has been emerging across all disciplines,” the website states.

1 / 27 Credit: As part of the Saatchi Gallery annual exhibition, the winners of the contest were revealed this weekend. Credit: David Allen/Matt Dunham/AP

One such photographer who received the top award, dubbed Photographer of the Year 2021, was Antony O’Callaghan, who is known for his superb lens work, the judges said.

On display at the gallery are 15 finalists, which will be on show until June 12. The winning photographs were announced on Sunday at the museum’s Victorian Cinema, and will be exhibited between June 29 and July 7.

The Historic Image Awards is open to entrants from all nationalities and all skill levels, in order to foster and promote “the best in a variety of photographic skills,” according to the Saatchi Gallery.

The jury was comprised of Lord Arkwright, Pamela Duncan-Jones, consultant for Microsoft and member of Historic England, and Steven Dawson, director of the Saatchi Gallery.

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