Congratulations to Lisa Elmaleh for becoming a finalist for the 2015 Aperture Portfolio Prize. Elmaleh is in the running for this prestigious award for her project American Folk, a beautiful and intimate look at the lives of traditional Appalachian musicians around the US. Elmaleh’s lecture for the 2015 F295 Symposium, On The Road, discusses American Folk and her experiences traveling through rural America.
Elmaleh is currently a photographer and educator at the School of Visual Arts and the Center for Alternative Photography. Her work has been recognized by many foundations, from the Aaron Siskind Foundation IPF grant to The Everglades National Park Artist Residency.
The Aperture Portfolio Prize is awarded yearly to artists around the world. The aim of the competition is to “identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition.” Aperture received over 700 submissions for this years competition, and the editors look specifically for art that hasn’t been widely publicized by major publications and exhibition venues. The winner will receive a cash prize as well as an exhibition at Aperture Gallery in New York City. We hope you’ll join us in May for Elmaleh’s lecture at the conference. Register here.