Best Photography Book Award announced by Kraszna-Krausz

Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has revealed the winner of the Best Photography Book Award and the Best Moving Image Book Award of 2012.

The book Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs edited by Weston Naef and Christine Hult-Lewis won the Best Photography Book Award, for providing 'a dramatic re-evaluation of a career said to be the longest and most productive of its kind' and cataloguing 1,300 never published before images.

The book offers a pictorial history of 19th century America through the ‘mammoth plate’ photographs of one of America’s most over looked photographic pioneers.

Judges Lindsey Stewart (Chair), Gem Southam and Gerry Badger said: “Among the ever-increasing number of publications on photography there are few examples of the catalogue raisonné, which is perhaps not surprising in view of the proliferation of images created by many photographers. An elegant production with a clear layout, it combines research in detailed catalogue entries with high quality reproductions that enable the images, although inevitably small, to be easily recognised.

"It is a book that every scholar, curator or collector with an interest in the history of photography will want need and a valuable reference work for all serious photographic libraries. From the outset the judges agreed that it was a possible contender for winner. After some discussion regarding the shortlisted books it was unanimously decided by the judges that this stood out as the one book that easily satisfied all of the criteria.”

The Best Moving Image Book Award went to Concentrationary Cinema: Aesthetics as Political Resistance in Alain Resnais's Night and Fog, edited by Max Silverman and Griselda Pollock. The book is said to enrich 'our understanding of one of the most important films to confront the atrocities of the Nazi era' and explores 'the cinematic aesthetics of political resistance and the political novelty of absolute power represented by the concentrationary system and its assault on the human condition.'

The National Media Museum First Book Award in partnership with MACK went to Mrs. Merryman’s Collection presented by Anne Sophie Merryman. Anne Marie collected collected postcards between 1937 and 1980, a collection inherited by her granddaughter, Anne Sophie Merryman and the book presents the postcards which together form the story of two intertwined lives. The Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Award went to Dewi Lewis Publishing - a leading photographic publisher whose authors include photographers such as William Klein, Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Fay Godwin and John Blakemore.

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards celebrate excellence in photography and moving image publishing.








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