Seen here is a sleeping puppy on a porch in Eastside, Detroit. Photographer Dave Jordano shared the picture on Facebook after learning he had been shortlisted for the 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize back in June for his Detroit – Unbroken Down series which we featured on the Sifter in October.
On December 1, 2015, Jordano was announced the winner of this year’s publicly voted prize and will receive C$50,000 in addition to a six-week, fully funded residency in Canada. The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Canadaâ€™s most significant award for contemporary photography, recognizing photographers from around the world whose work has exhibited extraordinary potential over the preceding five years.
Born in Detroit in 1948, Jordano currently lives and works in Chicago. He received a BFA in photography from the College for Creative Studies in 1974 and has worked as a successful commercial photographer since 1977. Jordano returned to fine art photography in 2001, when he began the series Chicago Bridge Project.
In 2010, in response to the negative press coverage of his hometown, Jordano began a photographic series bearing witness to what has survived Detroitâ€™s struggles and those who are left to cope with it.
His series Detroit – Unbroken Down is the subject of a Powerhouse Books publication, released this fall. Jordanoâ€™s photographs are held in several public, private and corporate collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
If you’re interested in learning more about the winning series, be sure to check out our interview with Jordano here. Congrats Dave!