Fazal Sheikh receives sixth Lou Stoumen Prize in Photography

The Museum of Photographic Arts awarded Fazal Sheikh the international prize for his body of work focusing on humanitarian photography. Nominated by Malcolm Daniel from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Sheikh was selected as the prizewinner for his portrait work with people from around the world living in displaced and marginalized communities. Born in New York City, Sheikh graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in 1987. Since then, he has documented the lives of individuals in East Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Brazil, Cuba, India and Israel/Palestine as a photographer. Sheikh works closely with human rights organizations and aims “to contribute to a wider understanding of these groups, to respect them as individuals and to counter the ignorance and prejudice that often attaches to them,” according to his biography. Read the complete press release HERE.

View photos from the Conversation with Fazal Sheikh on Sept. 15, 2016, and the Award Ceremony and Champagne Reception on Sept. 16, 2016.



About the Lou Stoumen Prize in Photography

The Lou Stoumen Prize highlights a mid-career photographer whose work deals broadly with the concepts of humanity. Relating in spirit to Lou Stoumen’s humanistic style, the prize-winning artist creates photography or photo-based work exploring the nature of humanity, cultures, religions, science and/or social causes. The 2016 recipient will be the sixth photographer since 1996 to receive this international award. Previously recognized artists include Debbie Fleming Caffery, Kenro Izu, James Nachtwey, Gary Schneider and Mikhael Subotzky. The prize includes a monetary award of $20,000, an award ceremony and the addition of 10 photographs from the prizewinner’s work to MOPA’s permanent collection. The next award winner will be announced in January of 2016.

About Lou Stoumen

Louis C. Stoumen (American, 1917-1991), an accomplished writer, photographer and filmmaker, published 10 photography books and earned two Academy Awards for his film productions during a career that spanned more than four decades. He was well known for the deliberate use of text in his images to imply narrative and context and coined “Paper Movie” to describe his publications of photography and words. Stoumen taught at UCLA Film School for two decades before retiring to Sebastopol, Calif.  MOPA received his archive in 1992 and established the Lou Stoumen Prize to award working photographers of outstanding merit. 


Thank you to this year's Lou Stoumen Prize nominators!

Natasha Egan Museum of Contemporary Photography
Andy Grundberg Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
Nelson Ramirez de Arellano Fototeca de Cuba
Malcolm Daniel The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Heather Snider SF Camerawork
Nissan Perez Shpilman Institute for Photography
Itala Schmelz Centro de la imagen
Paul Roth Ryerson Image Centre
Claire Carter Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Yuko Yamaji Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts
Julian Stallabrass Courtauld Institute of Art
Michiko Kasahara temporary office, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Kathy Ryan The New York Times Magazine
Julia Durkin Auckland Festival of Photography
Sam Barzilay United Photo Industries
Junko Ogawa Magnum Photos Tokyo


TOP IMAGE: Lou Stoumen, Black Cat, San Juan Waterfront, Puerto Rico, 1942, Gelatin Silver Print, Bequest of the Lou Stoumen Estate
BOTTOM LEFT IMAGE: Lou Stoumen, Journey to Land's End, Santa Monica, 1981, Gelatin Silver Print, Bequest of the Lou Stoumen Estate
BOTTOM RIGHT IMAGE: Lou Stoumen. Untitled (Chinese boy carrying baskets), c.1943. Gelatin Silver Print, Bequest of the Lou Stoumen Estate
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