Andor Kraszna-Krausz (KK to his friends) was born in Hungary in 1904. After studying photography and cinematography at Munich University he began his publishing career in Germany in 1925 as the editor of Filmtechnik magazine. In 1937 he came to Britain as a refugee and a year later founded Focal Press, an influential specialist publishing house for books on photography. Focal Press publications were an immediate success, gaining a reputation for clear yet authoritative text and illustrations. During KK’s lifetime Focal Press published 1,200 books. It is now the world’s leading publisher of books about photography, film and television.
The awards were established in 1985 by Andor Kraszna-Krausz. Following his death, in 1989, Kraszna-Krausz’s estate became the Foundation which now bears his name. The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have previously been known as the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Awards and the And/Or Book Awards. 2018 marks the second year that the Awards have been presented in London, having previously partnered with the BFI, the National Media Museum, Media Space and the Sony World Photography Awards. In addition to the awards, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has periodically operated a programme for year-round, small-scale grants for the advancement of photography and the moving image in the UK.