Thursday 18 July 2013

Review of 5 Under 30 at Daniel Blau

5 Under 30
Daniel Blau
5 – 31 July 2013

For a gallery specialising in vintage photography, a competition open to young contemporaries – specifically those under 30 years of age – might not seem like the most obvious step, but, with its London space located in the thriving hub of Hoxton Square, Daniel Blau is not shy of the modern, and so, keen to become involved in current critical discussions in the world of photography, 5 Under 30 was born. Open to all young photographers internationally, on the proviso that they could bring their works to the gallery in person, this competition, for which the prize, aside from a boost in kudos and esteem, was to take part in the resulting group exhibition, where works are also on sale, attracted just under 100 entries, from which the winning 5 were selected by Blau and his staff. As it turns out, all five winning entrants are based in London, but only one of them is native British. As such, there is an international flavour to this varied and experimental exhibition.

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