The Photobook Review

PhotoBook Awards Shortlist Announced!

The thirty outstanding photobooks shortlisted for the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards were announced today in The PhotoBook Review 003, Aperture’s biannual publication.

In July 2012, Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation joined forces for the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, which celebrate the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. This year, the awards focused on two categories: First PhotoBook and PhotoBook of the Year.

The ten shortlisted titles for PhotoBook of the Year are:

History Repeating
Photographer: Ori Gersht
Publisher: MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Retinal Shift
Photographer: Mikhael Subotzky
Publisher: Steidl


Rachael, Monique
Photographer: Sophie Calle
Publisher: Xavier Barral


(based on a true story)
Photographer: David Alan Harvey
Publisher: BurnBooks


City Diary
Photographer: Anders Petersen
Publisher: Steidl


Book of Books
Photographer: Stephen Shore
Publisher: Phaidon


Two Thousand Light Years From Home
Photographer: Pietro Mattioli
Publisher: Kodoji Press


Table of Power 2
Photographer: Jacqueline Hassink
Publisher: Hatje Cantz


Photographer: Lise Sarfati
Publisher: Twin Palms


A Head with Wings
Photographer: Anouk Kruithof
Publisher: Little Brown Mushroom


The twenty shortlisted titles for First PhotoBook are:

Uncle Charlie
Photographer: Marc Asnin
Publisher: Contrasto


Photographer: Cristina De Middel
Publisher: Cristina De Middel


Photographer: David Galjaard
Text: Slavenka Drakulić and Jaap Scholten
Publisher: David Galjaard


Summer Weather
Photographer: Michael Jang
Publisher: Owl and Tiger


Photographer: N&D
Publisher: Random Number 11


Jeddah Diary
Photographer: Olivia Arthur
Publisher: Fishbar


Metsästä (From the Woods)
Photographer: Anne Golaz
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag


Sans titre, M. Bertillon
Photographer: Stéphanie Solinas
Publisher: RVB Books


Cette Montagne, C’est Moi
Photographer: Witho Worms
Publisher: Fw:


The Wrong Side: Living on the Mexican Border
Photographer: Jérôme Sessini
Publisher: Contrasto


Hired Hand
Photographers: Stuart Bailes, Bea Fremderman, Ingo Mittelstaedt, Athena Torri
Publisher: Vandret Publications


Photographer: Kenji Hirasawa
Publisher: Bemojake


Photographer: Chad States
Publisher: powerHouse Books


Photographer: Julián Barón
Publisher: Editorial RM


Singular Beauty
Photographer: Cara Phillips
Publisher: Fw:


Dive Dark, Dream Slow
Photographer: Melissa Catanese
Publisher: The Ice Plant


A Natural Order
Photographer: Lucas Foglia
Publisher: Nazraeli Press


Photographer: Donald Weber
Publisher: Schilt


7 Rooms
Photographer: Rafal Milach
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag, Treemedia


Photographer: Nina Poppe
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag


The initial selection was made by Phillip Block, deputy director of programs and director of education at the International Center of Photography; Chris Boot, executive director of Aperture Foundation; Julien Frydman, director of Paris Photo; Lesley A. Martin, publisher at Aperture Foundation; and James Wellford, senior international photo editor at Newsweek magazine. The selected photobooks will be exhibited at Paris Photo at the Grand Palais and at Aperture Gallery in New York and will tour to other venues, to be determined.

A final jury in Paris, including Els Barents, director of the Huis Marseille Museum for Photography; Roxana Marcoci, curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and curator of the Paris Photo 2012 Platform; Britt Salvesen, Curator and Head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography and the Department of Prints and Drawings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Thomas Seelig, curator of the FotomuseumWinterthur, will select the winners for both prizes, which will be revealed at the opening of Paris Photo on November 14, 2012. The winner of First PhotoBook of the year will be awarded $10,000.

In addition to the prize and the exhibitions of shortlisted books, Paris Photo at the Grand Palais will also host the exhibition Livre ouvert, featuring prints of Bernd and Hilla Becher presented alongside the works from the exhibition Bernd & Hilla Becher—Printed Materials, 1964–2010. As always, the fair will dedicate a space to publishers and specialist booksellers and present newly listed titles, old and rare books, and limited editions. Numerous signing sessions with photographers are organized during the five-day event.

Pick up your issue of The PhotoBook Review 003 to see each of this year’s shortlisted titles in detail, available at the NY Art Book Fair now and at Aperture Gallery beginning next week.

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