The 2017 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist
November 09, 2017 - October 21, 2018

2017 Shortlist

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 shortlist selection was made by Christophe Wiesner, Artistic Director of Paris Photo; Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times MagazineLesley A. Martin, creative director of Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook Review; Joel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum; and Gregory Halpern, photographer and 2016 Winner of PhotoBook of the Year Award.

All the shortlisted books are profiled in issue 013 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 shortlist exhibition also includes the winning books: Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom is the winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year and Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan is PhotoBook of the Year. A special mention goes to La Grieta (The Crack) by Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril.

A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Florencia Giordana Braun, founder of Rolf Art gallery; Krzysztof Candrowicz, artistic director of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg; Mitch Epstein, award-winning photographer; Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; and Cristiano Raimondi, head of development at the New National Museum of Monaco.

Read more about the winners.

See the shortlist here.

The shortlist exhibition will tour to the following venues
6 pt Book Design Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania, November 25, 2017
Duesseldorf Photo Books, Germany, February 16-18, 2018
Month of Photography, Venice Arts, Venice, California, April 8-May 5, 2018
Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, April-May 2018
Palm Springs Photo Festival, Palm Springs, California, May 6-11, 2018
Triennial of Photography, Hamburg, Germany, June 7-17, 2018
Photo Basel, Switzerland, June 12-17, 2018
Cortona on the Move, Italy, July 13-October 2, 2018
Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, California, October 18-21, 2018

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.