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.

Also on View:
Natalie Krick: 2017 Portfolio Prize Winner

This exhibition is co-produced by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo.

Aperture Foundation’s public programs are supported, in part, by generous donations from our Board of Trustees, our members and other individuals, and from corporate foundations and private foundations including: Grace Jones Richardson Trust, the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Member Preview:
Friday, December 8, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception:
Friday, December 8, 7:00–8:30 p.m.


Location Details:

Aperture Gallery
547 W 27th Street, Floor 4
New York, NY 10001

Additional 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