Capricious Award

Capricious Photo Award Recipient

Sasha Phyars-Burgess


Capricious is pleased to announce Sasha Phyars-Burgess as recipient of the second annual Capricious Photo Award. Sasha is a vital, emerging voice in contemporary photography, engaging the charged line between documentary and fine art. Her work ranges from affecting studies on diaspora, family and place to revolving social phenomenons in which energy, beauty and power meet.

Of her practice Sasha states:

I am interested in What is seen, and the cultural connotations and markers that come with looking at bodies, particularly black ones. I use a documentary approach in order to view the domestic, the unsupervised, and the ordinary in an effort to reveal the mundane reality of lives that are often under continued supervision and oppressive state and social violence. I was born in 1988. I am a scorpio. I am black. I am Alive.

Sasha Phyars-Burgess was born in Brooklyn, New York to Trinidadian parents and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She received a BA in photography from Bard College and an MFA from Cornell University. This will be her first book.

The Capricious Photo Award was founded by Sophie Mörner and provides one photographer with the financial and editorial support to bring a body of work to fruition in book form. The 2018 jury was lead by Capricious Founder/Publisher Sophie Mörner and Senior Editor/Associate Publisher Anika Sabin, alongside Lauren Cornell (Director of the Graduate Program/Chief Curator at CCS Bard), Ka-Man Tse (Photographer/Video Artist/Educator), Matt Keegan (Visual Artist/Educator), Guadalupe Rosales (Artist/Archivist), Lyndsy Welgos (Visual Artist/Founder of Topical Cream), Katherine Hubbard (Interdisciplinary Artist/Educator) and JOFF (Associate Director of Parsons MFA Fashion Design & Society).

Image: Jerry Lim