Book Awards

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has revealed the shortlists for the Best Photography Book Award and the Best Moving Image Book Award of 2012. The winners will be announced during the Sony World Photography Awards at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London, on Thursday 26 April 2012.
Best Photography Book Award Shortlist
Selected by judges Lindsey Stewart (Chair), Gerry Badger and Jem Southam
Blind, Sophie Calle (Actes Sud)
“In this work the conceptual artist, Sophie Calle, brings together three series of photographs dating from 1986, 1991 and 2010, each exploring aspects of blindness through photographs and interviews with her blind sitters. The book design incorporates braille and blank white pages along with the brilliant yellow of its covers to further emphasise the senses of sight and touch. It is a moving expression of loss – an exquisite photography book about not seeing.”
Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China,
Jeff Cody, Frances Terpak et al. (Getty Publications)
“This volume contains a series of essays by both Western and Chinese contributors which illuminate the progress of photography in China between 1859 and 1911.  It is a handsome, well-illustrated book that discusses issues raised by the work of many previously little-known photographers and provides perceptive insights into the complex cultural mix from which their work emerged.”
Fred Herzog: Photographs, Fred Herzog (Douglas & McIntyre)
“Fred Herzog’s colour photographs from the 1950s and ‘60s are a revelation, helping to close the gap between the introduction of commercial colour film in the late 1930s and the more celebrated work of Eggleston, Shore et al from the 1970s. This book introduces much previously unpublished work and the essays by Gochmann and Milroy, in particular, contribute valuable biographical, technical and contextual information which should help open up his work to a much wider audience.”
Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs,
Weston Naef and Christine Hult-Lewis (Getty Publications)
“This volume brings together over 1,000 photographs by Watkins from his most impressive negatives (approx. 18 x 22 inches), some of which were previously unidentified and the vast majority of which had never been published. It is an elegant production with a clear layout, combining research in detailed catalogue entries with high quality reproductions that enable the images, although inevitably small, to be easily recognised.”
Redheaded Peckerwood, Christian Patterson (Michael Mack)
“Patterson has taken a teenage American serial-killing couple as inspiration, researched the facts of their crimes and revisited the locations to compile a book that is part evidence and part invention, with eclectic photographs and facsimile documents that move between banal, dramatic and chilling. His carefully crafted design enhances the uneasy sense that the reader is participating in an analysis, both of these past events and of their relevance today.”
Best Moving Image Book Award Shortlist
Selected by judges Sandra Hebron (Chair), Nigel Floyd and Ginette Vincendeau
Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image,
Rosalind Galt (Columbia University Press)
“This groundbreaking book skillfully combines an ambitious theoretical exploration of film style with meticulous textual analysis of a wide range of films from world cinema, in the process reclaiming the notions of the decorative and the ‘pretty’ against dominant critical practice.”
Setting the Scene: The Art and Evolution of Animation Layout,
Fraser Maclean (Abrams & Chronicle Books)
“This pioneering, comprehensively researched and superbly illustrated labour of love brings into the spotlight an aspect of animated cinema that has hitherto languished in the shadows.”
Concentrationary Cinema: Aesthetics as Political Resistance in Alain Resnais' Night and Fog, Max Silverman and Griselda Pollock (Berghahn Books)
“A radical new look at arguably the most important film about the Nazi Holocaust. Leading experts in French cinema, art history, Holocaust studies and trauma theory confront the film’s racial dimension and demonstrate both its historical anchorage and lasting significance.”
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Award:
Awarded to Dewi Lewis Publishing by the trustees of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation.
An exhibition of the most highly recommended books from each award, curated by the judging panels, will be on display at Somerset House for the duration of the World Photography Festival and Exhibition from 27 April – 20 May 2012.

Margaret Bourke-White, Survivors at Buchenwald, April 1945

Pretty Film and the Decorative Image,Columbia University Press

Christian Patterson, house on fire 2007

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