Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015
for Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse for 'Ponte City'
Ponte City dominates the Johannesburg skyline. This unavoidable 54-storey apartment building on the Berea ridge has become an icon of the city it towers over. Between 2008 and 2011, Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse took a photograph out of every window in Ponte City, of every internal door, and of every television screen. This formed a part of their broader investigation of this giant residential tower block, a building that has come to symbolize the best and the worst of Johannesburg’s past, present and future. The resulting archive of over 2000 images has found form in three distinct triptych works – as lightboxes, as multi-channel projections, and as individual photographic prints. Subotzky and Waterhouse received the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015 for their great work, as featured in DAMNº43.