Photographer Alex Leme, a University of Arkansas at Little Rock Donaghey Scholar and 35-year-old former stockbroker, has won the Portz Prize for top research/creative papers by undergraduate honors students. He’s the first Donaghey Scholar to do so. Leme won for his paper on surrealist photography and what surrealist Andre Breton would have said about photograpy.
Leme a native of Brazil, is one of three winners of the national prize. He’ll give his paper at a conference National Collegiate Honors Council conference in New Orleans in November.
Leme “started with the premise that a single photograph may shift meaning as it moves from the place where it was taken to the place where it is published or viewed,” according to a press release from UALR. I’ve written about Leme in previous Eye Candy posts on an exhibit at the Butler Center and his inclusion in Oxford American’s list of “superstars of American art.”