Competition: US & Canada
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Don is an award-winning photographer. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Canada Council Arts Grant, he has also received the Lange-Taylor Documentary Prize and a World Press Award. Amongst other citations, Weber was named one of PDN’s 30 and an Emerging Photo Pioneer by American Photo Magazine.
Prior to photography, Don worked as an architect for Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has also received a Governor’s General Gold Medal for Architecture while working in Canada.
Don has exhibited widely and has shown work at galleries and festivals worldwide, including exhibits at the United Nations, the Museum of the Army at Les Invalides in Paris, the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Declaration of Human Rights with the VII photo agency, exhibited in over fifty cities worldwide. His work won the Grand Prize for the 2007 PHODAR Photography Biennial in Bulgaria. He has completed assignments for such international publications as Business Week, Der Spiegel, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Condé Nast Portfolio, Rolling Stone, Stern, Time Magazine, and the NGO’s Medécins sans Frontieres, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and War Child. Don is represented by the VII Network, an agency started by the acclaimed photojournalist agency VII, in New York and Paris.
His Guggenheim Fellowship is allowing him to continue work on a book about life in Russia. It’s about the curse of power, and the wounds it inflicts on those who don’t have it. It’s the 18th century with jets flying overhead.
His first book, Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl, was released in 2008.