American photographer Richard Frishman was recently declared the winner of two awards in this year’s Sony World Photography Awards.
In the recently unveiled roster of winning single images in the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, one entry particularly stood out. The entry by Richard Frishman was announced as the winner of both the Open Still Life category and the USA National Award of the prestigious and the most diverse international photography competition.
His winning work, Sunday Buffet at Jerry Mikeska’s BBQ; Columbus, Texas 2017, was selected by an expert panel of judges out of thousands of entries across the globe for two prizes: the best single image entered for the Still Life Category, and the National Awards for the best single image entered by an American photographer in any of the Awards’ ten categories for the Open competition.
Specializing in impressively detailed and immersive large format prints, Richard Frishman puts together hundreds of individual photographs to seamlessly and meticulously create a single image. He explores the cultural landscape of the United States with his current project, American Splendor. His work is shaped by his background in photojournalism and interest in history, often incorporating humor, irony, or pathos in his chosen subject matter.
Richard constructed Sunday Buffet at Jerry Mikeska’s BBQ; Columbus, Texas 2017 using 162 individual photographs to create an interesting juxtaposition of food to prey. On his winning photo, he said:
“What I love the most is finding and documenting bits of our curious American culture that [are] easily overlooked and ephemeral. As I drove from Houston to Albuquerque on a recent photographic quest, I came upon Jerry Mikeska’s BBQ at an opportune time. This simple scene, of a steam table and slaughtered game, amused and amazed me. The juxtaposition seems so ironic and quintessentially American.”
Richard Frishman will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony for his winning shot. As with the rest of the winners for the Open category, his photo will also be featured in the dedicated book for this year’s competition, and showcased at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London on April 20 – May 6. He will also compete with the rest of the winning Open category photographers for the Open Photographer of the Year title and $5,000 cash prize. The winning photographer of this particular competition will be announced alongside the Professional category winners on April 19.
The 11th year of the Sony World Photography Awards produced by the World Photography Organisation garnered a record-breaking 320,000 entries from photographers in over 200 countries and territories. Find out more about the Sony World Photography Awards at the World Photography Organisation’s official website.