The international coffee company Illy Issimo has partnered with SVA for AuthentiCity, a multi-stage photography competition and exhibition currently taking place in Milan, Italy. Following an open call for students and alumni from the BFA Photography, MPS Digital Photography, and MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Departments to submit images on the contest’s theme, “Revealing purity and authenticity in urban life,” Illy and SVA showed selections from the entries as part of the Salone del Mobile international design fair in Milan. From among the 19 artists exhibited, five have been chosen to advance to the next round: Carlos Alvarez Montero (current student, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department), Igor Aronov (BFA 1997 Photography), Matthew Baum (MFA 2007 Photography, Video and Related Media), Giselle Behrens (current student, MPS Digital Photography Department) and Caroline Shepard (MFA 2002 Photography and Related Media).
These five photographers will now each receive $3,000 to complete a body of work expressing the main theme, and their work will be exhibited in New York later this year. One AuthentiCity finalist will be selected based on the work submitted, and will win a $10,000 commission for an upcoming Illy campaign. The winning work will be selected by a jury that includes Carlo Bach, artistic Director of illycaffè; Ilaria Presotto, international marketing director for Illy; and Charles Traub, chair of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department. For more information on the AuthentiCity competition, click here.