Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with prizes in three categories. The initial short-list selection was made by Ann-Christin Bertrand, curator at C/O Berlin; David Campany, author, photographer, and curator; Lesley A. Martin, creative director of Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook Review; Dr. Rebecca Senf, Chief curator at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona, and the Norton Family Curator of Photography; and Christoph Wiesner, artistic director of Paris Photo.
All the short-listed books are profiled in issue 010 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook. The PhotoBook Review is available for free at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore and is mailed to all Aperture magazine subscribers.
The short-list exhibition also includes the winning books: Libyan Sugar by Michael Christopher Brown is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. Wojciech Zamecznik: Photo-graphics by Karolina Puchała-Rojek and Karolina Ziębinńska-Lewandowska is the winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year and Gregory Halpern’s ZZYZX is PhotoBook of the Year. A special mention goes to Taking Stock of Power: An Other View of the Berlin Wall by Annett Gröschner and Arwed Messmer.
A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Paul Graham, critically acclaimed photographer; Jens Hoffmann, director of special exhibitions and public programs, Jewish Museum, New York; Katja Stuke, artist, curator, designer, and publisher; Agnès Sire, director of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation; and Thomas Zander, founder of Galerie Thomas Zander.
Read more about the winners.
The shortlist exhibition will tour to the following venues:
Palm Springs Photo Festival, California, May 7-12, 2017
College of Art and Design, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 25 –October 21, 2017
Paris Photo, November 10-13, 2016
Ivorypress, Madrid, November 29, 2016 – January 19, 2017
Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, February 3-5, 2017
The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, May, 2017
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland, June 17-October 15, 2017
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. Additional funding for this exhibition is provided by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.