2012 Infinity Award: Writing
Writer, curator, and artist David Campany was born in London in 1967. He writes about documentary, photojournalism, conceptual art, cinema, fashion photography, archives, and architecture. He has published essays on many artists and photographers including Rinko Kawauchi, Thomas Ruff, Victor Burgin, Chris Killip, Edgar Martins, John Stezaker, William Klein, Polly Braden, Mark Lewis, Eugene Atget, Man Ray, Seung Woo Back, and Karen Knorr. His books include Art and Photography (Phaidon 2003), Photography and Cinema (Reaktion 2008), and Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (Afterall Books 2011). Campany is the co-founder of the magazine PA and has written for Aperture, Frieze, Tate, Source, and Photoworks. In 2009 he curated a large show of Hannah Collins' work for Caixa Forum (Spain) and he co-curated Anonymes: Unnamed America in Photography and Film at Le Bal (Paris) in 2010. His photographic work has been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) and Photomonth Krakow. He has lectured at Tate Modern, The Photographers' Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), The Art Institute of Chicago, Jeu de Paume and Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), and La Virreina (Barcelona). He currently teaches at the University of Westminster (London) and his next book will be Walker Evans: The Magazine Work (Steidl 2012).