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The Hamburg photographer Hans-Jürgen Burkard receives the Dr.-Erich-Salomon-Prize 2021 of the DGPh

The Hamburg photographer Hans-Jürgen Burkard receives the Dr.-Erich-Salomon-Prize 2021 of the DGPh (German Photographic Society). The award for "exemplary use of photography in journalism" has been presented for 50 years in the form of a Leica camera.

Practising for the end of the world, near Moscow, 1990

© Hans-Jürgen Burkard

On 25 September, Hans-Jürgen Burkard will be awarded the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize 2021 of the German Society of Photography (DGPh) at the Altonaer Museum in Hamburg. The award is dedicated to the Jewish photographer Dr. Erich Salomon (1886 - 1944) and will be presented for the 50th time this year. As an important chronicler of political life in the Weimar Republic, Salomon had a decisive influence on modern photojournalism.

Hans-Jürgen Burkard (*1952) has created an outstanding and impressive body of work as a magazine and reportage photographer over the past five decades, above all with his work for Stern, with courage, prudence and well-founded research. Reaching the largest possible audience with his work is important to the Hamburg photographer. To achieve this, he relies on clear imagery, usually with a wide angle in the middle of the action, in colour and to the point in terms of content.

Since the inception of the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize, Leica Camera AG has donated the prestigious award in the form of a Leica camera with the winner's name engraved on it. During the award ceremony in Hamburg, Falk Friedrich, Managing Director of Leica Camera Deutschland GmbH, will present Hans-Jürgen Burkard with a Leica Q2 Monochrom.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh) sees itself as an organization whose activities predominantly concern the cultural interests of photography and related imaging media. These activities include both the conventional process of photography and its many different fields of application in art, science, education, journalism, industry and politics, as well as the non-conventional methods and new forms of imaging media.

The DGPh wants to be an open forum for all people interested in photography. With public events it wishes to actively contribute to socially relevant and ongoing issues concerning technical imagery in our day and age.

In its interdisciplinary member and organization structure, which covers the different divisions of “imagery”, “education and advanced training”, “history and archives”, “art, marketing and law”, “medical and science photography” as well as “science and technology”, the DGPh is able to deal with corresponding issues in a cross-sectoral context.

Above and beyond this the DGPh sees itself as a representative body for the public presentation and interpretation of future-pointing photographic work. It was with this in mind that the DGPh founded prizes and awards which are conferred upon personalities and photographic institutions whose imaging, scientific, journalistic or social work has acquired particular recognition. With their Cultural Award the DGPh distinguishes personalities who have contributed to photography in an artistic, scientific or journalistic way. The “Dr.-Erich-Salomon Award” honors media and photographers for their outstanding photography in journalism.


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