The 2015 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist
December 12, 2015 - February 08, 2016
  • PhotoBook of the Year Winner: Thomas Mailaender, Illustrated People (Archive of Modern Conflict/RVB Books)
  • PhotoBook of the Year Winner: Thomas Mailaender, Illustrated People (Archive of Modern Conflict/RVB Books)
  • First PhotoBook Winner: Daniel Mayrit, You Haven’t Seen Their Faces (Riot Books)
  • First PhotoBook Winner: Daniel Mayrit, You Haven’t Seen Their Faces (Riot Books)
  • Photography Catalogue of the Year Winner: Diane Dufour and Xavier Barral, Images of Conviction: The Construction of Visual Evidence
    (Le Bal/Éditions Xavier Barral)
  • Photography Catalogue of the Year Winner: Diane Dufour and Xavier Barral, Images of Conviction: The Construction of Visual Evidence
    (Le Bal/Éditions Xavier Barral)
  • Jurors' Special Mention: Will Steacy, Deadline (b.frank books)

Opening reception:

Saturday, December 12, 1:00–7:00 p.m.
during the Holiday Book Bazaar

Talk and book signing:

Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo are delighted to collaboratively present the fourth annual Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. This year’s shortlist selection was made by Yannick Bouillis (founder, Offprint Projects), Julien Frydman (LUMA Foundation), Lesley A. Martin (creative director, Aperture), Mutsuko Ota (editor-in-chief, IMA), and Christoph Wiesner (artistic director, Paris Photo). The shortlist was first announced at the NY Art Book Fair on September 18, 2015.

The exhibition of thirty-five books includes three award winners, plus one special mention. You Haven’t Seen Their Faces by Daniel Mayrit (Riot Books) is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. Photography Catalogue of the Year is Images of Conviction: The Construction of Visual Evidence edited by Diane Dufour and Xavier Barral (Le Bal/Éditions Xavier Barral)Illustrated People by Thomas Mailaender (Archive of Modern Conflict/RVB Books) is the PhotoBook of the Year. A Special Jurors’ Mention goes to Deadline by Will Steacy (b.frank books).

A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Frish Brandt (president, Fraenkel Gallery); Christophe Boutin (cofounder, onestar press); Clément Chéroux (curator of photography, Centre Pompidou); Donatien Grau (author and editor); and Lorenzo Piani (curator, Enea Righi Collection, Bologna).

Read more about the winning books here.

See all shortlisted books here.

The shortlist exhibition will tour to the following venues:
December 2015–January 2016: Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
May 1–31, 2016: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto
May 12–June 3, 2016: Self Publish Riga, Riga Photomonth, Latvia
June 9–19, 2016: 15th International Festival of Photography in Łódź, Fotofestiwal 2016, Poland
August 19–27, 2016: Landskrona Foto Festival, Landskrona, Sweden

All shortlisted books are profiled in issue 009 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook. Copies are available at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, as well as through other distribution partners. Subscribers to Aperture magazine will also receive free copies of the issue.

The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards are made possible with the support of amana.

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Aperture’s exhibitions are funded in part by an award from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Charina Endowment Fund.

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