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 Best Photography Book Award and Jane Giles is awarded the Best Moving Image Book Award 2019. The announcement was made during an awards ceremony on the 16 May at the Royal Society of Arts and all longlisted titles are currently on display at Photo London.

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Zanele Muholi has been awarded the Best Photography Book Award 2019 for their striking monograph Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness produced by Aperture. After entering the world stage in the early 2000’s, Zanele has come to the forefront of public attention, particularly in the past weeks with work on display in Ralph Rugoff’s main show at the 58th Venice Biennale, and an announcement this week that they will be exhibiting at Tate Modern in 2020. Zanele’s Kraszna-Krausz Foundation awarded publication presents a series of bold self-portraits that are timely and relevant statements on race, gender and identity.

Jane Giles is named the winner of the Best Moving Image Book Award 2019 for her book Scala Cinema 1978 – 1993 produced by independent publisher FAB Press and made possible by crowdfunding. Giles first started going to London’s Scala Cinema at the age of 17 and went on to become the Programme Manager. The book is a monument to the cinema, with a richly researched account of what it was like to run the place month-in month-out as well as a reflection on the wider social history of the time through the prism of film programming.

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, Chairman 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.

2019 Best Photography Book Award Longlist
(the three shortlisted titles appear in bold):

  • On Abortion by Laia Abril (Dewi Lewis Publishing)
  • Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply by Dawoud Bey (University of Texas Press)
  • An Act of Unspeakable Violence by Matthias Bruggmann (Editions Xavier Barral)
  • Masahisa Fukase by Masahisa Fukase and Tomo Kosuga (Editions Xavier Barral)
  • Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph, Photographs by Deana Lawson (Aperture)
  • Caspian: The Elements by Chloe Dewe Mathews (Aperture)
  • Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness by Zanele Muholi (Aperture)
  • Sun Gardens: Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins by Larry J. Schaaf (Prestel)
  • Drowned River by Mark Klett, Byron Wolfe, Rebecca Solnit (Radius Books)
  • Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train, The People’s View by Rein Jelle Terpstra (Fw:Books)
  • One Wall a Web by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa (Roma Publications)

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.

2019 Best Moving Image Book Award Longlist
(the three shortlisted titles appear in bold):

  • Hollywood by Hollywood: The Backstudio Picture and the Mystique of Making Movies by Steven Cohan (Oxford University Press USA)
  • Images of Dutchness by Sarah Dellmann (Amsterdam University Press)
  • Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene by Jennifer Fay (Oxford University Press USA)
  • The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema by Giovanna Fossati, Victoria Jackson, Bregt Lameris, Elif Rongen-Kaynakci, Sarah Street, Joshua Yumibe (eds). (Amsterdam University Press)
  • Scala Cinema: 1978 – 1993 by Jane Giles (FAB Press)
  • Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes by Maggie Hennefeld (Columbia University Press)
  • William Kentridge: Process as Metaphor and Other Doubtful Enterprises by Leora Maltz-Leca (University of California Press)
  • The Birth of the American Horror Film by Gary D. Rhodes (Edinburgh University Press)
  • 3D: Double Vision by Britt Salvesen (Prestel)
  • Books and Films by Jakob Tuggener (Steidl)

The press release with further information about the long and shortlisted titles, comments from the judges, and details of this year’s awards can be viewed here.

The Awards

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards recognise individuals or groups of individuals who, in the opinion of the Judges, have made an outstanding original or lasting contribution to the literature of or concerning the art and practice of photography or the moving image. Two winning titles are selected; one in the field of photography and one in the field of the moving image (including film, television and digital media).

From the total submissions, a long list of ten books are selected in both categories by the judges. This was then reduced to shortlists of three, from which two final winning publications were chosen. Each winning book will receive a £5,000 cash prize.

The ten longlisted and three shortlisted titles in each category, along with a selection of books from Susan Meiselas, the recipient of the 2019 Fellowship in Photography are currently displayed on the Kraszna-Krausz stand at Photo London.

Photo London
16 – 19 May 2019
Somerset House

Full rules and conditions for the 2019 awards are available here.

How were the books be judged?

The judging panel consists of three internationally recognised experts in their specialist fields.

The 2019 Photography Book Award will be judged by Liz Jobey, Associate Editor FT Magazine, Chrystel Lebas, visual artist and Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Photography Book Award Winner 2018 and Anne McNeill, Director, Impressions Gallery.

The 2019 Moving Image Book Award will be judged by Karen Alexander, Senior Tutor of Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, James Bell, Features Editor, Sight & Sound Magazine and Dr. Tamar Jeffers McDonald, Reader in Film Studies, University of Kent.

Books are judged on their content, presentation, texture, quality and design and the panel are looking for the best original works published over the last 12 months. In the opinion of the judges, winning books should make a significant contribution to the scholarship, history, research, criticism, science or conservation in the fields of photography or the moving image.

Previous judges have been drawn from the worlds of fine art, photography, film, galleries, museums, academia and publishing. Names of previous judges can be found here.