Announcing the 2022 PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

Celebrating the evolving narrative of the photobook, see the 35 shortlisted titles for this year’s Paris Photo–Aperture PhotoBook Awards.

All photographs by Daniel Salemi

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Paris Photo–Aperture PhotoBook Awards—a celebration of the photobook’s contributions to the evolving narrative of photography. The award recognizes excellence in three major categories of photobook publishing: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year.

“We are very proud to celebrate ten years of the PhotoBook Awards on this twenty-fifth anniversary of Paris Photo and the seventieth anniversary of Aperture,” comments Florence Bourgeois, director of Paris Photo. “It is a delight to witness each year what this award means to the photography community, through the number and quality of entries received, but also through the ongoing enthusiasm around this medium that remains a central part of the Fair, bringing together so many artists, publishers, collectors, and enthusiasts alike.”

This year’s shortlist selection was made by a jury comprising: Clinton Cargill, visual editor, the New York Times; Lesley A. Martin, creative director, Aperture; Miwa Susuda, Dashwood Books; publisher, Session Press; Brian Wallis, executive director, Center for Photography at Woodstock; and Leslie M. Wilson, associate director for Academic Engagement and Research, Art Institute of Chicago.

Wilson observed about the process, “The shortlist jury is an opportunity to see what kind of books are being made today. With so many books to consider, one gets a strong sense that you’re in touch with the pulse of what photography can be in this moment.”

The total number of books received this year was a robust tally of 1,026, a remarkable increase in entries from the initial years of the awards (a little more than six hundred titles were entered in 2012). Jurying the PhotoBook Awards takes part in two stages. The first took place at Aperture in New York, September 19–21, 2022, a process that involved the initial review of submissions in order to select the thirty-five shortlisted books in all categories.

A final jury will gather at Paris Photo this November to select and announce the winners for all three prizes. From there, shortlisted and winning titles will be profiled in a printed catalogue, to be released and distributed for free during Paris Photo fair, along with the Winter 2022 issue of Aperture magazine. The shortlisted books will be exhibited at the Grand Palais Éphémère during Paris Photo, and will tour internationally thereafter.

Below, see the thirty-five selected titles for the 2022 PhotoBook Awards shortlist.

First PhotoBook

Hiske Altena
Vital Mud
Self-published, Amsterdam

Gabriella Angotti-Jones
I Just Wanna Surf
Mass Books, New York

Florian Bachmeier
In Limbo
Buchkunst Berlin

Oscar B. Castillo
ESOS QUE SABEN (Those who know)
Raya Editorial, Manizales, Colombia

Phyllis Christopher
Dark Room
Book Works, London

Sabiha Çimen
Red Hook Editions, New York

Craig Easton
Bank Top
GOST Books, London

Philippe Jarrigeon
RVB Books, Paris

Hari Katragadda and Shweta Upadhyay
I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you
Self-published in association with Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi

Stacy Kranitz
As It Was Give(n) to Me
Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Youqine Lefèvre
The Land of Promises
The Eriskay Connection, Breda, Netherlands

Carla Liesching
Good Hope
MACK, London

Sabelo Mlangeni
Fw:Books, Amsterdam

Marilyn Nance
Marilyn Nance: Last Day in Lagos
CARA, New York, and Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg

Zuzana Pustaiova
One Day Every Day
Reflektor (self-published), Vienna / Slovakia

Paola Jiménez Quispe
Rules for Fighting (Reglas para pelear)
Images Vevey, Switzerland, and Witty Books, Turin, Italy

Yoshinori Saito
After the Snowstorm
the(M) éditions, Paris, and IBASHO, Antwerp, Belgium

Marc Schroeder
Order 7161
The Eriskay Connection, Breda, Netherlands

Patrick Wack
André Frère Éditions, Marseille, France

D’Angelo Lovell Williams
Contact High
MACK, London

PhotoBook of the Year

Karl Bassil, in collaboration with Negar Azimi and Katia Boyadjian
Becoming Van Leo
Arab Image Foundation, Beirut, and Archive Books, Berlin

Mohamed Bourouissa
Loose Joints, Marseille, France

Jess T. Dugan
Look at me like you love me
MACK, London

LaToya Ruby Frazier
Flint Is Family in Three Acts
Steidl, Göttingen, Germany, and The Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville, New York

Curran Hatleberg
River’s Dream
TBW Books, Oakland, California

Justine Kurland
SCUMB Manifesto
MACK, London

Baldwin Lee
Baldwin Lee
Hunters Point Press, New York

Tokuko Ushioda
My Husband
torch press, Tokyo

Carmen Winant
SPBH Editions, London, and Images Vevey, Switzerland

Yelena Yemchuk  
Départ Pour l’Image, Milan

Photography Catalogue of the Year

Another Country: British Documentary Photography since 1945
Gerry Badger
Thames & Hudson, London

Devour the Land: War and American Landscape Photography since 1970
Makeda Best
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Diane Arbus Documents
Max Rosenberg, ed.  
David Zwirner Books, New York, and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

James Barnor: Stories. Pictures from the Archive (1947–1987)
LUMA Foundation, Arles, and Maison CF, Paris

Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear
Roxana Marcoci
Museum of Modern Art, New York

Special Juror’s Mention: PhotoBooks for Ukraine

Jim Goldberg and Iryna Tsilyk
Another Life

Katya Lesiv
I Love You
IST Publishing, Kyiv

Émeric Lhuisset 
Ukraine — Hundred Hidden Faces
Paradox, Edam, Netherlands, and André Frère Éditions, Marseille, France

Katerina Motylova
Self-published, Kyiv

Mark Neville
Stop Tanks with Books
Nazraeli Press, Paso Robles, California

Yelena Yemchuk
GOST Books, London

The 2022 PhotoBook Award winners will be announced during Paris Photo on Friday, November 11, 2022.