Corinne Noordenbos wins prestigious Education Award
Press release

Corinne Noordenbos’ outstanding career as an educator was celebrated at a ceremony in London this week where she received the Royal Photographic Society’s prestigious Education Award 2014.

The Education Award was established in 2011 to mark the critical role teaching plays in the development of photography. It is presented annually to an exceptional individual for a sustained contribution to photographic education, visionary course development, inspirational teaching or extraordinary achievement. Noordenbos, Head of the Department of Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague now joins an elite peer group that includes the Programme Director for Photography at London College of Communications, University of the Arts, Anne Williams, the inaugural winner.

‘Corinne is remarkable, she fulfils all the awards criteria, and more,’ said Anne Braybon, a Consultant for Photographic Commissioning with London’s National Portrait Gallery who nominated Noordenbos. ‘She brings an incisive mind and an encyclopaedic knowledge of photographic history and contemporary work to the tightly conceived and robust course she has developed. I have observed the importance Corinne places on knowing each student individually so that she can recognise and nurture his or her specific talent. She is supported in this by the committed and focused team she has built – another notable achievement in itself.’

Two key players in the photography world Brian Griffin and Martin Parr seconded Braybon’s nomination. They are both previous winners of the Society’s Centenary Medal and Parr recently heralded Noordenbos as the ‘unsung facilitator of the photo book.’

The Right Honourable Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, an active member of the Society introduced the winners at the awards ceremony. He quoted the Awards Committee’s praise for Noordenbos’ ‘teaching approach that encourages students to position their work across a broad interdisciplinary front.’ He remarked on her determination to ‘lead a course that is responsive to change and investigates ways in which technical developments can lead to new ideas in image making,’ and applauded her drive to ‘encourage students to develop an authentic visual language.’ 

Robertson named some of Noordenbos’ alumni that includes internationally acclaimed artists such as Rineke Dijkstra, Viviane Sassen and WassinkLundgren as an indicator of her successful approach.

After accepting the award from the Society’s President Noordenbos said ‘I’m deeply honoured to be the first foreigner to receive this award. It means that Dutch photography is internationally known. As a lecturer you are mainly in the shadow of what your students achieve. This award stands out. It’s the only one of its kind and receiving it means that my work is recognised and appreciated. I’m very grateful to the Royal Photographic Society for that.’ 

Further information
Corinne Noordenbos has been a professional photographer since 1974. After building a career as a documentary photographer she became Course Leader in Documentary Photography at Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU). Alongside her responsibilities for the departments and curricula, she was Senior Lecturer in Documentary Photography. In 2005 Noordenbos was appointed Head of the Department of Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK). She has sat on multiple award panels and committees relating to photography.

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