2012 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

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14th Mar 2012
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2012 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards
Best Photography Book and Best Moving Image Book shortlists

Dewi Lewis honored for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing

Highly recommended titles for Somerset House exhibition

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation today reveals the shortlists for the Best Photography Book Award and the Best Moving Image Book Award of 2012. The winners will be announced during the Sony World Photography Awards at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London, on Thursday 26 April 2012.

On the same night, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Award will be presented to UK publisher Dewi Lewis. The inaugural National Media Museum First Book Award, in partnership with MACK, will also be presented by the Foundation.

Best Photography Book Award Shortlist

Selected by judges Lindsey Stewart (Chair), Gerry Badger and Jem Southam

Blind, Sophie Calle (Actes Sud)

“In this work the conceptual artist, Sophie Calle, brings together three series of photographs dating from 1986, 1991 and 2010, each exploring aspects of blindness through photographs and interviews with her blind sitters. The book design incorporates braille and blank white pages along with the brilliant yellow of its covers to further emphasise the senses of sight and touch. It is a moving expression of loss – an exquisite photography book about not seeing.”

Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China,

Jeff Cody, Frances Terpak et al. (Getty Publications)

“This volume contains a series of essays by both Western and Chinese contributors which illuminate the progress of photography in China between 1859 and 1911.  It is a handsome, well-illustrated book that discusses issues raised by the work of many previously little-known photographers and provides perceptive insights into the complex cultural mix from which their work emerged.”

Fred Herzog: Photographs, Fred Herzog (Douglas & McIntyre)

“Fred Herzog’s colour photographs from the 1950s and ‘60s are a revelation, helping to close the gap between the introduction of commercial colour film in the late 1930s and the more celebrated work of Eggleston, Shore et al from the 1970s.  This book introduces much previously unpublished work and the essays by Gochmann and Milroy, in particular, contribute valuable biographical, technical and contextual information which should help open up his work to a much wider audience.”

Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs,

Weston Naef and Christine Hult-Lewis (Getty Publications)

“This volume brings together over 1,000 photographs by Watkins from his most impressive negatives (approx. 18 x 22 inches), some of which were previously unidentified and the vast majority of which had never been published.  It is an elegant production with a clear layout, combining research in detailed catalogue entries with high quality reproductions that enable the images, although inevitably small, to be easily recognised.”

Redheaded Peckerwood, Christian Patterson (Michael Mack)

“Patterson has taken a teenage American serial-killing couple as inspiration, researched the facts of their crimes and revisited the locations to compile a book that is part evidence and part invention, with eclectic photographs and facsimile documents that move between banal, dramatic and chilling. His carefully crafted design enhances the uneasy sense that the reader is participating in an analysis, both of these past events and of their relevance today.”

Best Moving Image Book Award Shortlist

Selected by judges Sandra Hebron (Chair), Nigel Floyd and Ginette Vincendeau

Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image,

Rosalind Galt (Columbia University Press)

“This groundbreaking book skillfully combines an ambitious theoretical exploration of film style with meticulous textual analysis of a wide range of films from world cinema, in the process reclaiming the notions of the decorative and the ‘pretty’ against dominant critical practice.”

Setting the Scene: The Art and Evolution of Animation Layout,

Fraser Maclean (Abrams & Chronicle Books)

“This pioneering, comprehensively researched and superbly illustrated labour of love brings into the spotlight an aspect of animated cinema that has hitherto languished in the shadows.”

Concentrationary Cinema: Aesthetics as Political Resistance in Alain Resnais' Night and Fog, Max Silverman and Griselda Pollock (Berghahn Books)

“A radical new look at arguably the most important film about the Nazi Holocaust. Leading experts in French cinema, art history, Holocaust studies and trauma theory confront the film’s racial dimension and demonstrate both its historical anchorage and lasting significance.”

Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Award

Awarded by the trustees of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation

Founded in 1994 Dewi Lewis Publishing is internationally known for its photography list. Its authors include a number of the leading British and international photographers such as William Klein, Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Fay Godwin, Tom Wood, Sergio Larrain, Frank Horvat, Susan Lipper, Claudio Edinger and Bruce Gilden. The aim of the company is to bring to the attention of a wider public, accessible but challenging contemporary photography by both established and lesser known practitioners.

The company has a worldwide distribution network and is recognised as one of the leading photographic publishers in the world. It publishes around 18 new titles each year.

Before establishing his own imprint Dewi Lewis was the founding Director of Cornerhouse, one of the major UK Centres for Contemporary Visual Arts and Film, based in Manchester. In 1987 he established Cornerhouse Publications which achieved recognition internationally for its ambitious and imaginative publishing programme and was a winner of the Sunday Times Award for Small Publisher of the Year.

Dewi Lewis was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2004 and in November 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Royal Photographic Society Award for Outstanding Services to Photography.

Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards Exhibition, 27 April - 20 May 2012

An exhibition of the most highly recommended books from each award, curated by the judging panels, will be on display at Somerset House for the duration of the World Photography Festival and Exhibition from 27 April to 20 May 2012.

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards celebrate excellence in photography and moving image publishing. They were founded in 1985 by the prolific Hungarian publisher and founder of Focal Press, Andor Kraszna-Krausz. Two separate prizes are awarded for photography books and for moving image books (including film and television) published in the UK between 1 January and 31 December. The judging panels of the 2012 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are chaired by Lindsey Stewart (photography) and Sandra Hebron (moving image). They will be looking for works which make a significant contribution to photographic and/or moving image scholarship, history, research, criticism, science and conservation. All eligible submissions join the Kraszna-Krausz collection of photography and moving image in the library of the National Media Museum in Bradford.

Highly recommended photography books for exhibition

Selected by judges Lindsey Stewart (Chair), Gerry Badger and Gem Southam

  • Blind, Sophie Calle (Actes Sud)
  • Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China, ed. Jeffrey W Cody and  Frances Terpak (Getty Publications)
  • Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography, Verna Posever Curtis (Aperture Foundation)
  • Santu Mofokeng: Chasing Shadows, Corinne Diserens (Prestel)
  • Chromes, William Eggleston (Steidl)
  • A New Map of Italy, Guido Guidi (Loosestrife Books)
  • Fred Herzog Photographs, Fred Herzog (Douglas l& McIntryre)
  • Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, Weston Naef and Christine Hult Lewis (Getty Publications)
  • Redheaded Peckerwood, Christian Patterson (Michael Mack)
  • A Criminal Investigation, Watabe Yukichi (Editions Xavier Barral / Le Bal)

Highly recommended moving image books for exhibition

Selected by judges Sandra Hebron (Chair), Nigel Floyd and Ginette Vincendeau

  • Useful Cinema, ed. Charles R Acland and Haidee Wasson

(Duke University Press)

  • Making the Transformational Moment in Film: Unleashing the Power of the Image (with the films of Vincent Ward), Dan Fleming

(Michael Wiese Productions)

  • Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image, Rosalind Galt

(Columbia University Press)

  • Film and the End of Empire, ed. Lee Grieveson and Colin MacCabe

(Palgrave Macmillan)

  • Screening the Unwatchable: Spaces of Negation in Post-Millennial Art Cinema, by Asbjørn Grønstad (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Setting the Scene: The Art and Evolution of Animation Layout, Fraser Maclean (Chronicle Books)
  • A Social History of Iranian Cinema (Vol 1), Hamid Naficy

(Duke University Press)

  • Expanded Cinema: Art, Performance, Film, ed. A L Rees, David Curtis, Duncan White, Steven Ball (Tate Publishing)
  • Concentrationary Cinema: Aesthetics as Political Resistance in Alain Resnais’ Night and Fog, ed. Max Silverman and Griselda Pollock

(Berghahn Books)

  • The Filming of Modern Life: European Avant-Garde Film of the 1920s, Malcolm Turvey (The MIT Press)

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