2022 Book Awards

The longlists for the 2022 Photography and Moving Image Book Awards have been announced

The Foundation is delighted to announce the longlists for the 37th edition of the prize. The books in the running for the 2022 Photography and Moving Image Book Awards address wide-ranging issues such as gender, race, radical politics, and warfare, and diverse perspectives on the history and production of filmmaking.

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards celebrate creativity and rigour within the publishing industry, selecting books for their attention to content, quality and presentation. The longlisted titles were exhibited at Photo London in the publishing section from 12-15 May.

The Photography Book longlist demonstrates the acute sensitivity and originality of artists working with the photographic medium, ranging from Jérôme Sessini’s haunting views of the 2014-2017 Ukrainian uprising to Bieke Depoorter’s intimate documentation of a young woman and her different guises. The longlist also includes an indispensable anthology of historical photobooks by women brought together by Russet Lederman and Olga Yatskevich.

Among the work in the Moving Image Book longlist is groundbreaking research into Indian art cinema thanks to historian Rochona Majumdar, and a beautiful exhibition catalogue bringing together a cross-section of work by contemporary artists the Otolith Group, acclaimed for their essayistic films. Both longlists reflect the Foundation’s enduring recognition of rigorously researched and original books that are deemed to have a significant impact on their field.

Winners of both categories will be announced in July 2022. Please check back here for more details of the winner announcement and celebratory events.

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.


2022 Moving Image Book Award Longlist

Movie Mavens: US Newspaper Women Take On the Movies, 1914-1923

“A beautifully researched and contextualised compilation of the female voices that resounded through early film culture. Not just the handful of well-known names but also the pseudonymous and obscure. And of course it is deliciously readable.”
Pamela Hutchinson

Edited by Richard Abel
University of Illinois Press
Ten Skies

“A model of long-form film criticism with broad horizons: evocative, discursive, sensitive and sharp. This is a book that will encourage the reader not just to seek out the work of James Benning, but also to look upwards with fresh eyes.”
Pamela Hutchinson

Erika Balsom
Fireflies Press
Aeroscopics: Media of the Bird’s-Eye View

“Ellis delivers a fascinating history of aerial views and the new perspectives and often very visceral viewing experiences they offered in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The connections to contemporary phenomena, including VR and drones, are clear but not over-played, and the richly detailed and illustrated research allows the reader to under- stand the impact of these largely forgotten viewing technologies as ways of seeing the world anew.”
Dr Melanie Selfe

Patrick Ellis
University of California Press
Below the Stars: How the Labor of Working Actors and Extras Shapes Media Production

“Fortmueller’s book puts the precarious working conditions of today’s jobbing actors into historical context and argues for the central importance of this freelance workforce at all stages of the American screen industries. It draws together archival research and contemporary interviews and fieldwork, with a wealth of scholarship on film history and creative industries, weaving these elements into clear and engaging prose.”
Dr Melanie Selfe

Kate Fortmueller
(University of Texas Press)
Alluring Monsters: The Pontianak and Cinemas of Decolonization

“Galt’s text explores an important and under researched mode of popular cinema and national myth, by approaching the many filmic adaptations of the Pontianak, linking these fables to pre-colonial and post-colonial conceptions of nationhood. Alluring Monsters is an accessible and detailed journey through the origins of these Malaysian ghosts which serves to offer an important retelling of global Horror narratives.”
Matthew Barrington

Rosalind Galt
Columbia University Press
The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné: 1963–1965

“A monument as much as a book, and far more than a catalogue, although the textual history here is often almost as fascinating as the films, and the behind-the-scenes story- telling. Each word and image across these 500 pages adds something to the tale of two years of remarkable creativity.”
Pamela Hutchinson

Edited by John G. Hanhardt; With essays by Bruce Jenkins and Tom Kalin, and entries by Jonathan Flatley, Elena Gorfinkel, Claire K. Henry, Bruce Jenkins, Tom Kalin, Homay King, Ara Osterweil, Marc Siegel, Juan Antonio Suarez, and Gregory Zinman.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Billy Wilder on Assignment: Dispatches from Weimar Berlin and Interwar Vienna

“The prehistory of a filmmaker, bringing Billy Wilder’s voice, and the world that shaped him, brilliantly to life. The personality and aslant perspective that makes his films so irresistible is already in place here.”
Pamela Hutchinson

Edited by Noah Isenberg
Princeton University Press
Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten Futures: Film and History in the Postcolony

“Outside of Satyajit Ray, filmmakers crucial to developing a national Indian art cinema such as Mani Kaul, Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak, remain less visible in canons of post war modernist cinema, and Majumdar addresses their importance in establishing a national Indian cinema, post independence, whilst critiquing the nation building world cinema project, through a close reading of this fertile period of filmmaking.”
Matthew Barrington

Rochona Majumdar
Columbia University Press
Xenogenesis

“A fitting object to reflect the artists critical engagements with questions of post-coloni- alism, national history, artistic creation and radical politics. Xenogenesis provides the reader with an excellent route through the films of the Otolith Group.”
Matthew Barrington

The Otolith Group
Archive Books co-published with the Irish Museum of Modern Art
Everyday Movies: Portable Film Projectors and the Transformation of American Culture

“Wasson’s book explores the long and vital history of portable media and its uses. She argues persuasively that portable projectors were the technology that normalised the moving image within homes, schools and workplaces, and first enabled viewers to con- trol their own programming. As a piece of research it is incredibly impressive in scope, scale and detail. As a book it is a pleasure to read.”
Dr Melanie Selfe

Haidee Wasson
University of California Press

“It is clear from this year’s submissions that there is a growing interest in emphasising an expanded definition of the moving image, well beyond the feature-length or short film screened in a commercial cinema. The books that stood out were those that made a compelling argument for adjusting our focus on film culture, told a compelling story of creativity and experimentation, or illuminated facets of film history that have remained so far under examined.”

Pamela Hutchinson, Judge, Moving Image Book Award

The 2022 Moving Image Book Award was judged by:

Matthew Barrington

Matthew Barrington is a researcher and curator based in London. He is the Manager of the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, programmer for the Essay Film Festival and curator of cinema at the Barbican Centre.

Pamela Hutchinson

Pamela Hutchinson is a freelance writer, critic, film historian and curator. She writes for Sight & Sound, Criterion, Indicator, the Guardian and Empire and regularly appears on BBC radio. Her publications include the BFI Film Classic on Pandora’s Box and 30-Second Cinema (Ivy Press), as well as essays in several edited collections. Her site SilentLondon.co.uk is devoted to silent cinema.

Melanie Selfe

Melanie Selfe is Lecturer in Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow. She is a film historian whose published work covers various aspects of film culture, including film policy, specialist programming, film criticism, audiences and the development of cinephilia.  Her current research explores the intersection of film aesthetics with the history of advertising and marketing.   

2022 Photography Book Award Longlist

Big Fence / Pitcairn Island

“Rhiannon Adam’s complex artist book is based on her three-months stay on [Pitcairn] island…It is an impressive in-depth research project that pictures Pitcairn as a place of stark contrast: a romantic natural paradise on the one hand and an isolated small human community with dark secrets on the other.”
Dr Lena Fritsch

Rhiannon Adam
Blow Up Press
Agata

“This photobook stood out from the submissions in telling an intimate road trip story based on a truly collaborative project between the photographer, Bieke Depoorter, and her photographic subject, Agata Kay, who she met in a strip club in Paris. It…tells of their complicated friendship as ‘performer’ and ‘photographer’.”
Dr Lena Fritsch

Bieke Depoorter, Agata Kay
Des Palais
A Civil Rights Journey

“The late Dr Doris Derby was a remarkable chronicler of her time – this crucial debut monograph offers rare insight and visual knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement through the committed lens – and rich lived experience – of an accomplished and long overlooked Black woman photographer, educator and activist who has dedicated her entire life to the movement: a ground-breaking, and essential resource for future generations.”
Renée Mussai

Doris Derby
MACK
Deana Lawson

“compelling and complex – a great selection of Deana Lawson’s bold, carefully chore- graphed tableaux are collected in this comprehensive exhibition catalogue, centering Black bodies in intimate scenes infused with raw sensuality, spirituality, and subjectivi- ty…continuously blurring – and refusing – the boundaries between personal andsocial histories, staged portraiture, social documentary, and vernacular photography …”
Renée Mussai

Edited by Peter Eleey & Eva Respini
MACK
Annals of the North

“A staggering body of work documenting Northern Ireland between the 1970s and 80s, a period known as The Troubles. Described by the author himself as a ‘paper movie’, it could best be described as a visual tour-de-force and one that asks a lot from the reader given it often pushes the limits of a traditional photobook.”
Simon Roberts

Gilles Peress, Chris Klatell
Steidl
Momentum of Light

“Simply a stunning publication, from the exquisite photographs and rich collaboration between the authors (a photographer and architect) to the inspired use of design and impressive production values. It’s an uplifting and immersive experience to make your way through this book, which explores the interplay between natural sunlight, vernacular architecture and everyday life in the West African nation of Burkina Faso.”
Simon Roberts

Iwan Baan, Francis Kéré
Lars Müller Publishers
El Jardín De Senderos Que Se Bifurcan

“A profound meditation on identity, memory, and belonging … that brings together archival and contemporary imagery – and text – in inspired and confounding ways… This is an extraordinary and very special conceptual photobook – exquisitely produced, and deeply touching.”
Renée Mussai

Tarrah Krajnak
Dais Books
1078 Blue Skies / 4432 Days

“Over a period of six years, Kusters researched and photographed a blue sky at 1078 locations of former Nazi concentration camps across Europe…Kusters’ photographs of blue skies and his beautifully designed blue-turquoise photobook emphasise the im- possibility of comprehending the horrors of the Holocaust – they are thought-provok- ing and raise questions about history, memory and the medium of photography.”
Dr Lena Fritsch

Anton Kusters
Kehrer Verlag
What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843-1999

“Rigorously researched, generously illustrated, and ingeniously designed, this is an extraordinary publication which not only fills an essential gap and missing chapter in photographic scholarship, but importantly foregrounds the creative pursuits of a diverse constituency of women, whose significant contributions to global photobook historiography still too often remains invisible.”
Renée Mussai

Edited by Russet Lederman & Olga Yatskevich
10×10 Photobooks
Inner Disorder. Ukraine 2014-2017

“This hard-hitting publication by Jérôme Sessini documents Ukraine’s uprising between 2014-2017 and questions the hypocrisy and misery of a conflict happening on the edge of Europe. The book takes on added significance with today’s war being waged by Russia on its neighbour, and particularly haunting are a selection of photographs Sessini took in Mariupol, a city which has seen untold misery in the past few months.”
Simon Roberts

Jérôme Sessini
Editorial RM

“Despite the increased pressures on publishers and authors over the past couple of years, the volume of photo books published seems to continue apace. As has the standard of work and the creativity that artists – and the designers they collaborate with – have employed to create some truly original publications, which made the process of judging an extremely enjoyable but challenging one. Given the sheer volume of good works submitted, I was looking for those publications that stood out due to their originality, richness of content and where they offer something significant in relation to the times we live in.”

Simon Roberts, Judge, Photography Book Award

The 2022 Photography Book Award was judged by:

Dr Lena Fritsch

Dr Lena Fritsch is the Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, and a specialist in Japanese photography. Recent books on photography include Tokyo: Art & Photography (Ashmolean, 2021), Ravens & Red Lipstick: Japanese Photography since 1945 (Thames & Hudson, 2018), an English edition of Daido Moriyama: Tales of Tono (Tate, 2012) and The Body as a Screen: Japanese Art Photography of the 1990s (Georg Olms, 2011). Alongside her curatorial work, she teaches at the University of Oxford, regularly writes for publications such as Aperture, and is a Trustee of PhotoOxford. She holds a PhD in Art History from Bonn University, Germany, and also studied at Keio University, Tokyo.

Renée Mussai

Renée Mussaiis a London-based research-led curator and scholar with a special interest in African and diasporic lens-based visual arts practices. She is Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collection at Autograph, where she has worked for almost two decades, advocating for a diverse constituency of contemporary artists and co-commissioning a range of artistic programmes, including the critically acclaimed ‘Black Chronicles’ (2014 – 2018, publication forthcoming) and the internationally touring exhibition ‘Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama—Hail the Dark Lioness’ (2017 – 2021), amongst many projects. She lectures internationally on photography, visual culture, and curatorial activism and recently edited the award-winning monograph ‘Lina Iris Viktor: Some Are Born to Endless Night—Dark Matter’ (Autograph, 2020), served as guest co-editor for a Critical Arts special volume entitled ‘Ecologies of Care: Speculative Photographies, Curatorial Re-Positionings’ (Taylor & Francis, 2020), and co-edited the anthology ‘Care, Contagion, Community—Self & Other’ (Autograph, 2021).  Mussai is also Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg; Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London, and regular guest curator and former Fellow at the Hutchins Centre for African & African American Research at Harvard University. She serves on numerous art juries, awards and advisory committees, including Fast Forward: Women in Photography, and the Royal Photographic Society.

Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts (b.1974) is a contemporary photographer based in Brighton, UK. Widely recognised for his large-format, tableaux photographs of the British landscape, his practice also encompasses video, text and installation work, which together, interrogate notions of identity and belonging, and the complex relationship between history, place and culture

He has exhibited widely and his photographs reside in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2010 he was commissioned as the official British Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a record of the General Election on behalf of the UK Parliamentary Art Collection; and in 2014 he represented Britain during the UK-Russia Year of Culture. He has been commissioned to make several large-scale public artworks and recognised with numerous awards including an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society, the Vic Odden Award and grants from Arts Council England and the John Kobal Foundation.

He is the author of several monographs including Motherland (Chris Boot, 2007), We English (Chris Boot, 2009), Pierdom (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2013) and Merrie Albion – Landscape Studies of a Small Island (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2017), whilst his work has been profiled and published widely including in the New Yorker, Granta, National Geographic and ArtForum.