The four finalists for the annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2009 are Paul Graham, Emily Jacir, Tod Papageorge and Taryn Simon. The big winner will be awarded the prize of £30,000 on March 25, 2009.
Paul Graham was one of the very first British documentary photographers to work in colour. His first major series of pictures, made in 1981-2 along the A1 motorway in England, later published as A1 – the Great North Road, caught the country on the cusp of a new mood. In the motorway cafes of the industrial north, customers, mainly men, sat alone, detached from and somehow mocked by the brightly coloured, pre-formed plastic interiors, the brand names and neon signs.