Toronto's Suzy Lake wins $50K Scotiabank Photography Award

Toronto-based artist Suzy Lake has picked up yet another prestigious cultural honour, winning the Scotiabank Photography Award weeks after earning up a 2016 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Photo prize founded in 2010 honours a mid- to late-career artist

Visual artist Suzy Lake, creator of this 2013 image entitled Reduced Performing, is the latest winner of the Scotiabank Photography Prize. (Suzy Lake)

​Longtime artist Suzy Lake has won the Scotiabank Photography Award.

Lake was awarded the $50,000 grand prize at a gala reception Tuesday night at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto.

A 1997 Suzy Lake image titled Re-Reading Recovery. (Suzy Lake)

The Toronto-based Lake will also receive a solo primary exhibition at the centre during the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of her work will be published and distributed by art book publisher Gerhard Steidl.

Following the social and political unrest of the 1960s, Lake moved from her birthplace of Detroit to Montreal and began her practice in 1968.

She was among the first female artists in Canada to adopt performance, video and photography to explore the politics of gender, the body and identity.

In 1972, she teamed with a dozen other artists to form Vehicule Art Inc., billed as one of the country's first artist-run centres.

The win follows Lake being announced in March as a 2016 winner of the $25,000 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts

Founded in 2010, the Scotiabank Photography Award is billed as Canada's largest peer-nominated, peer-reviewed photography honour. It recognizes a mid- to later-career artist.

Suzy Lake's 1973-1974 work A Genuine Simulation of Details. (Suzy Lake)