Deana Lawson Is First Photographer to Win Guggenheim Museum’s $100,000 Hugo Boss Prize

Deana Lawson, Mama Goma, Gemena, DR Congo, 2014. © Deana Lawson / Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

The Hugo Boss Prize, one of the most prestigious art awards in the world, is only given to one artist a year--and this year, the award goes to photographer Deana Lawson. Snatching the $100,000 prize for her image-making, Lawson's work emphasizes intimacy and tenderness among her Black collaborators. Alex Greenberger's feature for Artnews recognizes the imagination and prowess of this most-deserving contemporary artist.

“Photography has the power to make history and the present moment speak towards each other.” - Deana Lawson