U.S photographer Joe Mazza wins Gold in the Graphis Photography Annual 2020 with his entry, “Satchmo” (above). Joe Mazza is the owner of the photography agency, Brave Lux, and often does work for the theater industry and clients such as The New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. Court Theatre put on a one-actor production that centered around Louis Armstrong and the racial inequality that made him unable to eat as a guest at the Waldorf hotel, where he was a valued performer.
Mazza used his experience in theater to create a dramatic shot of actor Barry Shabaka Henley as Louis Armstrong. Mazza wanted to capture a moment of contemplation, a moment of reflection on his fame, to use as the key image for the promotional material of the play. The emotions of the actor and composition of the shot are brought together to create this intimate image. Joe Mazza also won Gold in the same competition for his entry, “Embrace”.
Also evoking emotion is Canadian photographer, Lindsay Siu. She has won Gold for her 6-part entry, “From Invisible to Invincible” (above). In this series, she develops an image campaign for a rebrand of BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. She helps them bring awareness to women’s health issues by presenting various women both behind a screen of low visibility and then in a clear view. They are going from ‘invisible to invincible’ and advocating for women’s health.
Lindsay Siu has been recognized by prestigious organizations such as Communication Arts, Applied Arts, the One Show, and was featured in Luerzer’s Archive’s 200 Best Photographers Worldwide. Her skills in creating moving imagery have previously won her Silver in the Photography Annual 2019.