2019 Book Awards

Zanele Muholi and Jane Giles win the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2019

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has announced the winners of the 2019 Best Photography and Best Moving Image Book Awards, which celebrate outstanding and innovative publications within these fields published in the previous year and available in the UK.

Zanele Muholi is the winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award and Jane Giles is awarded the Moving Image Book Award 2019. The announcement was made during an awards ceremony on the 16 May at the Royal Society of Arts. The short and longlisted titles in both categories, along with a selection of books from Susan Meiselas, the recipient of the 2019 Fellowship in Photography, were displayed on the Kraszna-Krausz stand at Photo London (16 – 19 May 2019) at Somerset House.

“Due to the high calibre of entries for the 2019 prize, our judges faced an extremely difficult decision. We congratulate Zanele Muholi and Jane Giles on maintaining the highest standards for books of photography and the moving image.”

Sir Brian Pomeroy
Chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation

The longlists for each prize, detailed below, cover some of our most pressing concerns, from the repression of abortion, to urgent environmental issues, and contemporary politics of race and identity.

The 2019 Photography Book Award longlist was selected by Liz Jobey, Associate Editor, FT Weekend Magazine, Chrystel Lebas, Photographer and Kraszna-Krausz Book Award Winner 2018 and Anne McNeill, Director, Impressions Gallery.

The 2019 Moving Image Book Award longlist was selected by Karen Alexander, an independent curator, educator and writer, James Bell, Features Editor, Sight & Sound Magazine and Tamar Jeffers McDonald, Reader in Film Studies, University of Kent.

“I think it was indicative of the strength of the long listed titles that there was a lot of consensus among the judges. Some books just stood way out, and considering the standard of photography publishing today, that’s an accolade in itself.”

Liz Jobey, Photography Book Award Judge 2019

2019 Best Photography Book Award Longlist

Shortlisted title
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness
Zanele Muholi
Aperture
Shortlisted title
On Abortion
Laia Abril
Dewi Lewis Publishing
Shortlisted title
An Aperture Monograph, Photographs
Deana Lawson
Aperture
Masahisa Fukase
Masahisa Fukase and Tomo Kosuga
Editions Xavier Barra
Seeing Deeply
Dawoud Bey
University of Texas Press
Caspian: The Elements
Chloe Dewe Mathews
Aperture
An Act of Unspeakable Violence
Matthias Bruggmann
Editions Xavier Barra
Sun Gardens: Cyanotypes
Larry J. Schaaf
Prestel

“The diversity of themes covered across the titles stand as a testament to the vibrancy and boldness of publishing on the moving image in its many forms, and its ventures into new areas of study and research. The inclusion of titles that were made possible only through crowd-funding initiatives also indicates new possibilities in publishing on the moving image, and it will be particularly exciting to watch what emerges through such models in the coming years.”


– James Bell, Moving Image Book Award Judge 2019

2019 Best Moving Image Book Award Longlist

Shortlisted title
Scala Cinema: 1978 – 1993
Jane Giles
FAB Press
Shortlisted title
Hollywood by Hollywood: The Backstudio Picture and the Mystique of Making Movies
Steven Cohan
Oxford University Press USA
Shortlisted title
Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene
Jennifer Fay
Oxford University Press USA
Images of Dutchness
Sarah Dellmann
Amsterdam University Press
The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema
Giovanna Fossati, Victoria Jackson, Bregt Lameris, Elif Rongen-Kaynakci, Sarah Street, Joshua Yumibe (eds)
Amsterdam University Press
Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes
Maggie Hennefeld Columbia
University Press
William Kentridge: Process as Metaphor and Other Doubtful Enterprises
Leora Maltz-Leca
University of California Press
The Birth of the American Horror Film
Gary D. Rhodes
Edinburgh University Press