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The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation is proud to announce the short and long lists for its annual awards for photography and moving image books. The Foundation also reveals Thames and Hudson Chairman Thomas Neurath as the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing award.
Established in 1985, the KKF Book Awards are the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image and the two winners share a £10,000 prize. The judges have shortlisted books ranging from heavy tomes to small paperbacks, each with outstanding pictorial and literary content and exceptional production. With the proliferation of self-publishing and e-books, the need for traditional publishers to create beautifully crafted books with cutting edge content is more urgent than ever.
Best Photography Book Award
The award was judged by photography specialist and curator Zelda Cheatle (chair), Guardian photography critic and writer Sean O’Hagan and photographer Paul Graham. The panel selected:
Shortlist – from which one winner will be chosen
Of the 10 short and long listed books Zelda Cheatle comments: “Our highly commended books include contemporary work, exhibition catalogues, a beautiful little paperback and turn of the century discoveries. Every book was thought about, mulled over and the agonising process of elimination or inclusion enacted. So many of the books were magnificent: we were glad to include Sarah Angelina Acland and her (previously-unknown) spectacular colour images, Marc Asnin’s Uncle Charlie with its 30 years of work and Chris Killip: arbeit, a master photographer, all discussed at length. Each and every one of the books on this list is a winner for this judging panel.”
Best Moving Image Book Award
Chaired by BFI Creative Director Heather Stewart, the Moving Image panel was completed by Nev Pierce, Editor-at-Large, Empire magazine and Dr. Julian Petley, Professor of Screen Media, Brunel University. The panel chose:
Shortlist - from which one winner will be chosen
· Audiences: Defining and Interpreting Screen Entertainment Reception by Ian Christie, ed. (Amsterdam University Press)
· The James Bond Archives by Paul Duncan (Taschen)
· Ealing Revisited by Mark Duguid et al (British Film Institute)
· The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy by Jody Duncan Jesser and Jannine Pourroy (Abrams)
· Behind the Scenes at the BBFC: Film Classification from the Silver Screen to the Gilded Age by Edward Lamberti (Palgrave Macmillan)
· The Cinema of Tarkovsky: Labyrinths of Space and Time by Nariman Skakov (I.B. Tauris)
· Publisher Ilex for the 2012 books from their series Filmcraft: Costume Design, Production Design, Editing, Cinematography, Directing
Talking about the books, Heather Stewart commented: “The standard of the ten publications on the list was as high as ever, and the shortlisting of the top three was extremely difficult”.
The 20 short and long listed photography and moving image books will be displayed at Somerset House, London from 26 April – 12 May as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.
The Best Photography Book and Best Moving Image Book winners will be announced on 25 April as part of the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony at The Hilton, London. The Photography and Moving Image winners will share £10,000 in prize money."
On the same night, the National Media Museum First Book Award, in partnership with MACK, will be announced. The award supports the production of a book of previously unpublished work and is supported by the Wilson Centre for Photography, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, the John Kobal Foundation and Pierre Brahm.
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing
In recognition of his championing of both photography and moving image books, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation is delighted to announce Thomas Neurath as the recipient of its Outstanding Contribution to Publishing award.
Thomas Neurath, Chairman of Thames & Hudson, one of a handful of still independent medium-to-large size British publishers, has been personally in charge of the programme of photography titles at the company since the 1960's when he first worked with such eminent practitioners as Brassai and Cartier-Bresson. Soon thereafter T&H was introducing American photographers including Penn, Avedon and Bruce Davidson to book collectors and other enthusiasts outside the U.S.A.
Pioneering historians of the genre such as Helmut Gernsheim found a sympathetic publishing home at T&H as do figures from the art and museum world for whom photography has been and is a significant medium of their artistic practice - Richard Long, Sophie Ristelhueber, David Hockney and Sean Scully to cite some names.
Thames & Hudson issues some 180 new visual titles each year. Photo-agencies such as Magnum, major magazine groups including Condé Nast, the contemporary gallery scene, collaborations with fellow publishers such as Robert Delpire or Gerhard Steidl and wherever possible direct working relationships with the photographers continue to contribute to this programme. "Concerned and passionate publishers" is how Martine Franck described the Neurath family and Thames and Hudson on the occasion of its 60th anniversary.
Upon awarding Neurath with this prize Michael G Wilson, Chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation comments: “Thomas Neurath's passion for books, artists and ideas is evidenced by the incredible range of photographic and moving image titles in the Thames and Hudson catalogue. The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation is pleased to honour Mr. Neurath for his long-standing commitment to producing excellent and innovative titles across the breadth and depth of publishing on lens-based media."
Neurath is the third recipient of the KKF Outstanding Contribution to Publishing award. Gerhard Steidl received the award in its inaugural year, 2011, followed by Dewi Lewis in 2012.
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