Isabella Rossellini to Host Sky Arts Photography Talent Show

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The new show ‘Master of Photography’ will premiere in May.

Actress Isabella Rossellini has been announced as host of the new talent show Master of Photography, which will air on Sky Arts in May 2016. The former model has worked with photographers including Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Billed as the first European TV talent show, Master of Photography will award the winner €150,000 ($167,600) as well as donate the winning photograph for display in a leading museum.

The jury will consist of three internationally renowned photographers: Rut Blees Luxemburg, Simon Frederick and Oliviero Toscani. The show, created by Sky Arts Production Hub, will feature guest photographers and celebrities and will air for Sky’s 21 million customers across the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria.

There was an open call for entries for both professional and amateur photographers. The lineup for the debut show will consist of: Chiara Stampacchia (Italy), Gabriele Micalizzi (Italy), Gina Soden (UK), Lanka Perren (France), Laura Zalenga (Germany), Marta Lallana Garcia (Spain), Neal Gruer (UK), Rupert Frere (UK), Sebastian Siebel (Germany), Yan Revazov (Russia), Dragica Carlin (Croatia), and Hongwei Tang (Austria).

“We’re delighted to have such a prestigious and exciting line-up on board for Master of Photography,” said Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts. “Today’s connected world saturates us with snapshots of fleeting moments, but the photographs that last are the result of skill, dedication and hours of hard work behind the lens. We hope this program will demonstrate just how powerful and important photography remains, and that we bring some extraordinary undiscovered talent to light in the process.” 

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