Mark Ruwedel, winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship earlier this month, has been named the winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award, which honors contemporary Canadian photographers. In addition to a $50,000 prize, the award includes a monograph published by Steidl and a solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during next year’s CONTACT Festival in Toronto.
Ruwedel, who currently teaches at the California State University at Long Beach, became interested in photography while studying painting at Kutztown State College in Pennsylvania, and he moved to Montreal to pursue graduate studies at Concordia University. For more than three decades, his photographs have focused on the scarred landscapes that reveal an engagement with Earthwork artists as well as photographers ranging from Ansel Adams to Robert Adams to Bernd and Hilla Becher.
In nominating Ruwedel for the award, Grant Arnold noted that he “represents landscape as a site where radically different scales of time intersect,” and called his oeuvre “remarkable in its cohesion and singularity of approach.”