News Recap: February 5, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Badly Photoshopped Image Wins Nikon Prize
Nikon Singapore’s public congratulations to Chay Yu Wei for his photograph of an airplane flying above a ladder was met with outrage as commenters pointed out that the plane had been photoshopped into the image. The white blob surrounding the airplane is an obvious indication of post-production manipulation. Not long after the manipulation was revealed, photographers created parodies of the image, photoshopping their own absurd scenarios into the ladder including Godzilla, a bridal portrait, and others. Nikon Singapore has not yet removed its praise for Yu Wei’s image.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)

Ai Weiwei Recreates Photo of Drowned Syrian Refugee Toddler
A new photographic/performance piece by controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has sparked public outrage. Posing face down at the shoreline of Lesbos beach, Weiwei mimics the position of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned while fleeing his home country. While in Lesbos working on a new art project on refugees, Weiwei has created his own version of the iconic image by Turkish photographer Nilüfer Demir. The photograph, captured by Rohit Chawla for India Today, was displayed at the India Art Fair and has drawn criticism by many who believe the photograph to be in poor taste.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

National Media Museum Moves 400,000 objects to Victoria and Albert Museum
400,000 objects from the Royal Photographic Society collection at the National Media Museum in Bradford will be transferred to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in order to create an international photography resource center. Art lovers and local politicians have expressed anger towards both museums believing that the move is part of a “stealth” plan to close the National Media Museum.
Read the full story (The Guardian)

ICP Infinity Award Winners Announced
Since 1985, the annual International Center of Photography Infinity Awards have recognized emerging talents and major contributors in the fashion photography, art, photojournalism, and publishing. Chosen by a selection committee, the 2016 honorees include David Bailey for Lifetime Achievement, Walid Raad for Art, Zanele Muholi for Documentary and Photojournalism, and Susan Schuppli for Critical Writing and Research. Other honorees include Matthew Connors for his artist book “Fire in Cairo,” and Jonathan Harris & Gregor Hochmuth for their online platform Network Effect.
Read the full press release (ICP)