On 28 September, the awards ceremony for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will take place as part of the European Month of Photography in Berlin. For the first time, Leica will present all winning and shortlisted series in a major exhibition, displayed at the Neue Schule für Fotografie (New School for Photography) in Berlin for the duration of the festival from 29 September to 23 October 2016.
Until the winners of the main and newcomer award have been revealed, we will take a look at the twelve submissions that have made it onto the shortlist – presenting one series each day. Today: Two Kinds of Memory and Memory Itself by Max Pinckers.
With his Two Kinds of Memory and Memory Itself series, the photographer deals with the expectations, clichés and stereotypes we have of Japan. He staged his conceptual images while spending two month in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo, and sees his work as an exploration of the associations that have become part of how western cultural circles view the land of the rising sun.