2022 Book Awards
The Foundation is delighted to announce this year’s winning and shortlisted books.
The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné: 1963–1965 edited by John G. Hanhardt (Whitney Museum of American Art) wins the Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award.
The Photography Book Award goes to a seminal new anthology What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843-1999 edited by Russet Lederman & Olga Yatskevich (10×10 Photobooks).
Events celebrating the books and this year’s awards will be held in collaboration with the Barbican and the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Autumn. Click here for more info.
Bieke Depoorter & Agata Kay’s intimate book Agata (Des Palais); and curators Peter Eleey and Eva Respini’s monograph Deana Lawson (MACK) are recognised as outstanding works in the Photography Book Award shortlist.
The Shortlist for the Moving Image Book Award includes Erika Balsom for Ten Skies (Fireflies Press) and Haidee Wasson for Everyday Movies: Portable Film Projectors and the Transformation of American Culture (University of California Press).
Both the winning and shortlisted titles have been chosen as exemplary demonstrations of originality and excellence in the fields of moving image and photography book publishing. The longlisted 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 longlisted titles were exhibited at Photo London in the publishing section from 12-15 May.
The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards celebrate creativity and rigour within the publishing industry, selecting books for their attention to content, quality and presentation. First established in 1985, the Awards are open to all Moving Image and Photography books published in the previous year and available in the UK.
2022 Moving Image Book Award Shortlist
The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné 1963-1965 focuses on Warhol’s film works from the years 1963-65 during a time when the renowned artist produced hundreds of film and video works – short and long, silent and sound, scripted and improvised. The book features over 100 individual works which are catalogued in detail and combined with enlightening essays that cover Warhol’s influences, his experimentation with film, source material, working methods and technical innovations, as well as his engagement with the people he filmed and how they came to life on the screen.
“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.”
Film scholar and critic Erika Balsom explores James Benning’s 2004 masterful work of American avant-garde cinema, Ten Skies. The film consists of ten 10-minute static takes of the sky, projecting the viewer’s gaze upwards and mind to a state of contemplative reflection. Balsom’s study elucidates the hidden intricacies of meaning that lie beneath the minimalist surface of Benning’s film, probing into the mind of the artist and offering critical clarity through philosophical and art historical touchstones.
“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.”
Professor of Film and Media at Concordia University, Haidee Wasson charts a compelling and original history of film through her documentation of the twentieth-century rise of portable film projectors. Reorienting the history of cinema away from the glow of the big screen, Everyday Movies considers the technology that democratised media and cinematic experimentation and how such devices radically altered the course 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
“Each text, though clearly very different in scale, scope and subject, seemed to really push at the boundaries of their specific topic, which made each of them really exciting and informative titles. I really felt that these books all stood out from their field and benefitted not only from the depth of research and knowledge of the authors and collaborators, but also in how each was presented and written, guiding the reader through the subject in a way which was considered and flawlessly structured.”Matthew Barrington, Judge, Moving Image Book Award
2022 Moving Image Book Award Longlist
“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.”
“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
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 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 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 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 Shortlist
What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843-1999 sheds light on photobooks created by women from diverse backgrounds, and addresses the glaring gaps and omissions in current photobook history—in particular, the lack of access, support and funding for non-Western women and women of colour. The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs of classic bound books, portfolios, personal albums, unpublished books, zines and scrapbooks, ranging from well-known publications to the more obscure.
“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.”
Agata explores an intimate three year collaboration between photographer Bieke Depoorter and her photographic subject Agata Kay, who she met in a strip club in Paris. It tells two stories – one of a sex worker searching for her identity and the other of a young woman continuously questioning her role as a photographer. The two women were able to ask questions they each had regarding intimacy, identity, performance and representation. The book includes a combination of images, handwritten letters and personal notes. Work from this project is on show at C/O Berlin until 9th September 2022.
“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
Peter Eleey and Eva Respini have created the first scholarly publication about the artist Deana Lawson, surveying fifteen years of her photography coinciding with a touring exhibition currently at MoMA PS1 until 5 September, 2022. Lawson investigates and challenges conventional representations of black identities in the African American and African diaspora. Whether in posed photographs or assembled collages, Lawson’s work channels broader ideas about personal and social histories of black life, love, sexuality, family, and spiritual beliefs. The book includes Lawson’s personal family photographs and archives of vernacular images that have informed her work.
“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 …”
“The shortlist featured an incredible group of diverse and remarkable publications. While the three short-listed books arguably constitute rather different kinds of publications they are united by a shared commitment to advocacy, visibility and subjectivity and explore complex terrains of representation, personal and social and collective histories, and centre female-identifying practices and perspectives.”Renée Mussai, Judge, Photography Book Award
2022 Photography Book Award Longlist
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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.”
“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 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 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 (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.