The 2016 PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

Aperture and Paris Photo announce the shortlist for the 2016 PhotoBook Awards.


Aperture and Paris Photo are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 PhotoBook Awards. This year, the awards have been organized in collaboration with C/O Berlin, a Berlin-based charitable institution and exhibition venue committed to photography and visual media.

The shortlist selection was made by Ann-Christin Bertrand, Curator, C/O Berlin; David Campany, independent curator and writer; Lesley A. Martin, Creative Director, Aperture Foundation and Publisher, The PhotoBook Review; Becky Senf, Chief Curator and Norton Family Curator of Photography, Center for Creative Photography at Woodstock; and Christoph Wiesner, Artistic Director, Paris Photo.

Established in 2013, the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, Photography Catalogue of the Year, and PhotoBook of the Year.

First PhotoBook


Murray Ballard
The Prospect of Immortality
Publisher: GOST Books, London, 2016
Designed by Stuart Smith

Dan Boardman and Aspen Mays
Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going, Why?

Publisher: Houseboat Press and Conveyer Editions, Jersey City, NJ, 2016
Designed by Elana Schlenker

Yannick Bouillis
I Absolutely Forbade All Public Photographs of Myself
Self-published, Amsterdam, 2016
Designed by Virginie Gauthier and François Girard-Meunier

Andre Bradley
Dark Archives: 1–41
Publisher: Image Text Ithaca Press, Ithaca, NY, 2015
Designed by Elana Schlenker

Michael Christopher Brown
Libyan Sugar
Publisher: Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, NM, 2016
Designed by Michael Christopher Brown and Ramon Pez

Cheng Xinhao
The Naming of a River
Publisher: Jiazazhi Press, Ningbo, China, 2016
Designed by Yanyou Di Yuan and Cheng Xinhao

Photographer: CJ Clarke
Magic Party Place
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 2016
Designed by Teun van der Heijden, Heijdens Karwei

Amy Elkins
Black Is the Day, Black Is the Night
Self-published, Los Angeles, 2016
Designed by Amy Elkins and Ania Nałęcka/Tapir Book Design

Adam Golfer
A House Without a Roof
Publisher: Booklyn, Brooklyn, 2016
Designed by Ghazaal Vojdani

Curran Hatleberg
Lost Coast
TBW Books, Oakland, CA, 2016
Designed by Paul Schiek and Lester Rosso

John Radcliffe Studio
Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015–2016

Self-published, London, 2016
Designed by Thomas Saxby

Photographers: Katrin Koenning and Sarker Protick
Astres Noirs
Chose Commune, Paris, 2016
Designed by Guillaume Allard and Vanessa Gœtz, Atelier Pentagon

Quentin Lacombe
Event Horizon

Self-published, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2016
Designed by Giliane Cachin

Jack Latham
Sugar Paper Theories

Publisher: Here Press and The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2016
Designed by Ben Weaver

Sara-Lena Maierhofer
Dear Clark, Portrait of a Con Man

Publisher: Drittel Books, Berlin, 2016
Designed by Sven Lindhorst-Emme

Sohei Nishino
Publisher: amana, Tokyo, 2015
Designed by HIDEKI INABA Design

Christine Osinski
Summer Days Staten Island
Publisher: Damiani Editore, Bologna, Italy, 2016
Designed by Beverly Joel, pulp, ink.

Dominique Somers
Publisher: Art Paper Editions, Ghent, Belgium, 2015
Designed by Studio Jurgen Maelfeyt

Kate Stone and Hannah Schneider
How We End.

Self-published, Brooklyn, 2016
Designed by Margot Laborde

Paul Turounet
Estamos Buscando A (We’re Looking For)

Self-published, San Diego, 2016
Designed by Paul Turounet


Photography Catalogue of the Year

David Campany
a Handful of Dust: from the Cosmic to the Domestic
Publisher: LE BAL and MACK, Paris and London, 2015
Designed by Grégoire Pujade-Lauraine and Lewis Chaplin
*David Campany recused himself from the shortlist jury’s discussions of this title.

Karolina Puchała-Rojek and Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska
Wojciech Zamecznik: Photo-graphics
Publisher: Fundacja Archeologia Fotografii, Warsaw, 2015
Designed by Anna Piwowar and Magdalena Piwowar

Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos
Werker 2—A Spoken History of the Young Worker
Publisher: Foundation for Visual Arts and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Kraków, Poland, and Winterthur, Switzerland, 2016
Designed by Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos

Frances Terpak and Michelle Brunnick
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive
Publisher: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2016
Designed by Catherine Lorenz

Matthew S. Witkovsky, Carol S. Eliel, and Karole P. B. Vail
Moholy-Nagy: Future Present
Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 2016
Designed by Roy Brooks, Fold Four, Inc.

PhotoBook of the Year

Barbara Bosworth and Margot Anne Kelley
The Meadow
Publisher: Radius Books, Santa Fe, NM, 2015
Designed by David Chickey

Siân Davey
Looking For Alice
Publisher: Trolley Books, London, 2015
Designed by Emma Scott-Child

Eamonn Doyle, Niall Sweeney, and David Donohoe
Publisher: D1, Dublin, 2016
Designed by Pony Ltd. 

Mark Holborn and William Eggleston III
The Democratic Forest
Publisher: Steidl, Göttingen, Germany, 2015
Designed by Gerhard Steidl and Duncan Whyte

Annett Gröschner and Arwed Messmer
Taking Stock of Power: An Other View of the Berlin Wall
Publisher: Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany, 2016
Designed by Carsten Eisfeld

Gregory Halpern
Publisher: MACK, London, 2016
Designed by Lewis Chaplin

Ron Kurtz and Hank O’Neal
Berenice Abbott: Paris Portraits, 1925–1930
Publisher: Steidl and Commerce Graphics, Göttingen, Germany, and New York, 2016
Designed by Gerhard Steidl and Duncan Whyte

Peter Puklus
The Epic Love Story of a Warrior
Publisher: SPBH Editions, London, 2016
Designed by Marco Campardo, Lorenzo Mason, and Simone Spinazzè, Tankboys

Batia Suter
Parallel Encyclopedia #2
Publisher: Roma Publications, Amsterdam, 2016
Designed by Roger Willems

Daniel Traub, Wu Yong Fu, and Zeng Xian Fang
Little North Road: Africa in China
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 2015
Designed by Masumi Shibata