The members of the jury for Photo of the Year 2021 are:
LOUISE WOLTHERS (DK) holds a PhD in art history and is head of research and curator at the Hasselblad Foundation, where she carries out research into the theory, history and contemporary practices of photography. She is in charge of research projects that produce publications and exhibitions, including WATCHED! Surveillance, Art and Photography (2015-2017) and Thresholds: Interwar Lens Cultures, together with partners at University of Gothenburg (2018-2021). She regularly publishes in scientific books and journals, including Journal of European Studies, Photography & Society and Photographies.
“Photography is easy. Photography is difficult” (Paul Graham). Mobile devices allow many of us easy access to picture making, but in order to understand the power of the image, question the meaning of visibility and explore different ways of seeing, we need practitioners who are devoted to photography: Architects, artists and photographers who study, work, experiment, fail and repeat. As we’re surrounded by and constantly contributing to an abundance of circulated imagery, it is as important as ever to be reminded of the complexities and magic of photography.” – Louise Wolthers.