HUNGARIAN photographer Istvan Kerekes has taken out the Packer’s Prize at this year’s Fremantle International Portrait Prize for his image, Resting.
“I was walking near a forest in the Harghita Mountains area of Transylvania in Romania, when I heard cowbells from inside the forest,” says Kerekes.
“Erika [the 18-year-old mother] and her child Mirela, together with Erika’s brother Norbert, are cowherds. The forest is named Frightening-Beech Forest because it’s full of brown bears. But these three work all day – from early morning to late at night – in this little forest clearing with their 20 cows.”
FIPP founder and chief steward Dale Neill says the prize, which was founded in 2012, had attracted more than 5000 entries from at least 50 countries. It had raised more than $50,000 for the Arthritis Foundation of WA.
The finalists from the prize are on show at the Moores gallery in Henry Street from tomorrow, Sunday October 22, to November 5 from 10am to 4pm. It comes with a warning: some images are confronting and controversial and there’s some nudey bits.