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The 2016 PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

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

 - October 1, 2016


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