2020 Book Awards

The winners of the 2020 Photography and Moving Image Book Awards have been announced

LaToya Ruby Frazier wins the Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award and Hannah Frank is celebrated posthumously with the Moving Image Book Award.

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has announced the winners of the 35th edition of the Photography and Moving Image Book Awards. The annual Awards celebrate outstanding and original publications that will have a lasting impact on their field. In lieu of a physical awards ceremony, the 2020 winning titles will be showcased in a digital event in partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery on the 30th September. LaToya Ruby Frazier will be in conversation with curator Renée Mussai and Daniel Morgan will discuss Hannah Frank’s work with academic and historian Karen Redrobe.

Click here to discover the work of the 2020 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards Winners in this recording of the special live-streamed event which took place on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

We are honoured to award and acknowledge LaToya Ruby Frazier and Hannah Frank for their rigorous and original books which will no doubt serve as touch points for many years to come.

Sir Brian Pomeroy
Chair of the Kraszna Krausz Foundation

The books longlisted for the 2020 Photography Book Award and Moving Image Book Award address diverse global issues related to race, justice, identity, and the construction of truth, history and memory.

Ranging from illuminating artist monographs and anthologies to in-depth critiques of photography or filmmaking, to photobooks reconstructing hidden stories, and much more, the lists reflect the Foundation’s enduring recognition of rigorous and original books that will likely have a lasting impact on their field.

The winners will receive prize money of £5,000 each. For both categories, the shortlist selected by the judging panel aims to showcase innovative and coherent bodies of work with a focus on cultural relevance for our current times and in the years to come. The judges also put precedence on each publication’s design, texture, and haptic qualities, aspects that are particularly poignant during this period of digital focus.

In lieu of an Awards Ceremony which usually takes place during Photo London, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has teamed up with The Photographers’ Gallery. A free live stream event featuring conversations about the two winning titles will be hosted by the Gallery on Wednesday 30th September.

This year’s winners demonstrate the enduring influence of photography and moving image in challenging the ways we perceive culture and the pertinent issues facing us today, and – importantly – recognising the important contribution that photobooks play in sustaining and developing the medium.

Brett Rogers OBE
Director of The Photographers’ Gallery

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards, first established in 1985, are open to all Moving Image and Photography books published in the previous year and available in the UK.

2020 Photography Book Award Shortlist

2020 Photography Book Award Longlist

The 2020 Photography Book Award was judged by:

Professor Elizabeth Edwards
Visual and historical anthropologist and independent scholar

Edwards is currently Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor at the V&A Research Institute, London and Professor Emerita of Photographic History at De Montfort University, Leicester. Edwards is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Anthropology University College London and a Curator Emerita and Research Affiliate at ISCA, University of Oxford.

Peter Fraser
Contemporary British photographer at the forefront of colour photography

Fraser’s work is held in major establishments across the world including the Tate, The British Council, V&A, Foundation A Stichting, Brussels, Mast Foundation, Bologna, Siemens Collection, Munich, Yale Centre for British Art, and Private Collections Worldwide. In 2002, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, staged a 20 year survey exhibition of Fraser’s work. From January to May 2013, Tate St Ives held a retrospective of Fraser’s career, the first ever Tate Retrospective given to a living British Photographer working in colour.

Shoair Mavlian
Director of Photoworks

At Photoworks Mavlian curated Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Zone Grise / The Land In between for the MEP – Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (2019) and A New Europe, Brighton Photo Biennial (2018). From 2011-2018 she was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London.

2020 Moving Image Book Award Shortlist

2020 Moving Image Book Award Longlist

The 2020 Moving Image Book Award was judged by:

Melanie Hoyes
Industry Inclusion Executive, Film Fund at the British Film Institute (BFI)

Hoyes advocates for equity and access in the industry. She has a background in academic research, having completed a BA in Film and Literature at the University of Warwick and an MA in the History of Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck, University of London. She has previously taught undergraduates in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex.

Geoffrey Macnab
Senior correspondent at Screen International and a columnist and film reviewer for The Independent

Macnab’s books include ‘Stairways to Heaven: Rebuilding the British Film Industry’ (2018), ‘Ingmar Bergman: The Life and Films of the Last Great European Director’, ‘Delivering Dreams: A Century of British Film Distribution’, ‘The Making of Taxi Driver’, ‘Searching for Stars: Stardom and Screen Acting in British Cinema’, ‘Screen Epiphanies’ and ‘J Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry’.

Dr Andrew Moor
Reader in Cinema History, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Moor’s monograph, Powell and Pressburger: A Cinema of Magic Spaces was first published by I.B. Tauris in 2005. He has taught across a wide range of cinema studies, and published on various aspects of British cinema and LGBTQ cinema. Andrew is the elected Chair of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies.