KKF collaborate with the V&A in a newly curated book display now on show in the Browsing Library

The Kraszna-Krausz foundation is delighted to announce that a new book display curated in collaboration with the V&A titled, Witness/Memory/Recall is now open in the V&A Photography Centre and is scheduled to be on view through to May 2024.

The display celebrates past winners and longlisted entries of the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award. Inaugurated in 1985, the award recognises outstanding books on photography and the moving image with an emphasis on those works that combine images and text.  Witness/Memory/Recall includes books by artists including Laia Abril, Dawoud Bey, Gordon Parks and others whose work bears witness to, memorialises, or recalls significant events, people or places. Shown on open shelves alongside the extensive Royal Photographic Society Library in the Kusuma Gallery, these display books are available for visitors to pick-up and read.    

Celine Marchbank (A Stranger In My Mother’s Kitchen 2022), Brian Pomeroy, Jon Henry (Stranger Fruit 2022). Browsing Library at the V&A on the opening day 14 November 2023 which coincided with the Photography Book Award Symposium 2023 collaboration.

For example, Odesa, 2022 (Yemchuk and Kaminsky ) is an ode to life in that city in images and poetry.  On the Mines (David Goldblatt and Nadine Gordimer, 2012) documents everyday life in a segment of South African society. Racial discrimination and violence are the subject, both directly and sometimes more obliquely, in Gordon Parks – Segregation Story, 2014,  Stranger Fruit (Jon Henry, 2022), and Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial (Jessica Ingram, 2020). 

Odesa by Yelena Yemchuk, 2022 (GOST Books)

Stranger Fruit by Jon Henry 2022 (Monolith Editions), Spread photography Corey Bartle-Sanderson

Caspian: The Elements, 2018 (Chloe Dewe Mathews) records several years traveling the area around the Caspian sea and the role of the natural resources that shape life there while The Canary and the Hammer, 2019 (Lisa Barnard) looks at the long, global story of the fascination with gold and the many stories around its pursuit. 

Caspian: The Elements by Chloe Dewe Mathews, 2018 (Aperture) Image Credits Duncan Whyte

This is just a taster, more detailed information about the variety of books on display can be found here.

We hope you will take the opportunity to visit the Browsing Library soon and enjoy perusing all the books selected on display!

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