There are so many images in the world, and for me to make another one, there needs to be a good reason,” said American photographer Lisa Oppenheim after winning the International Aimia/ AGO Photography Prize last year (Canada’s most significant photography award, which is voted on by the public). This year’s nominees, including Canadian Owen Kydd, seem to have taken this statement to heart—Calgary-born, L.A.-based Kydd in particular, who is less interested in capturing a moment in time than the actual process of depiction.
(2015) by Owen Kydd Using everyday objects in situ, his images move ever so slightly on a loop—a chandelier rotating from left to right or a flower’s leaves rustling in the wind—to give the illusion of time passing. Other nominees include American Dave Jordano for his Detroit series, German artist Annette Kelm, whose small objects become sculptural masterpieces in front of her lens, and Hito Steyerl (also from Germany), who looks at the Internet’s impact on images. Public voting begins September 15, and you can see all the nominees’ work at the Art Gallery of Ontario until January 6, 2016.