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Sasha Phyars-Burgess wins First Photobook; Photobook of the Year is honored to Muhammad Fadli; and Picture taking Catalogue of the Year to Russet Lederman and Olga Yatskevich. Vasantha Yogananthan receives a special mention
It is a sun-drenched, November afternoon in the French capital, and the 24th edition of Paris, france Photo is within full swing at the Great Palai ersus Éphémère. Since 2012, each year the fair partners with Aperture Foundation to select the best photobooks in three categories; First Photobook, Photobook of the Calendar year and Photography Catalogue from the Year. Of over 700 initial entries, just 35 books were presented towards the final jury for the 3 titles. The judges this season were Aurélien Arbet, inventor and creative director of Études; visual artists Daniel Blaufuks; Taous R. Dahmani, art historian and article author; Fannie Escoulen, head from the photographic department of the Ministry of Culture in England; and Tatyana Franck the director at Photo Elysée.
The First Photobook Award this year, a prize of $10, 000, is granted to Sasha Phyars-Burgess, just for Untitled, published by Capricious . It is a prize reserved for an artist’s first finished, openly available photobook that is evaluated to be the best of the year. Given birth to in Brooklyn and located in Chicago, Phyars-Burgess’ work will be “a multilayered study of diaspora, identity, family and place via black-and-white photographs, which sit down somewhere between documentary and art work, ” as Hannah Abel-Hirsch writes, introducing Phyars-Burgess’ discussion with Carolyn Lazard in BJP ’s Then & Now Issue earlier this year .
“The professional photographer Bill Gaskins used to at all times say to me, ‘The sheer amount of images made of Black people by non-Black people is so immense that we have not really gotten halfway up to complementing that archive. ’, ” Phyars-Burgess told Lazard. “So for me, producing these images is about the act of matching that archive. It is people of African descent making photographs about ourselves so that when people want to take a look at images of Black people, they can go to images which are generated by us. Furthermore, I just like to make pictures, it’s something that I enjoy. ”
Photobook of the Year: The Banda Log , Muhammad Fadli & Fatris MF
The Photobook of the Yr is awarded to The Banda Journal , by photographer Muhammad Fadli and writer and folklore enthusiast Fatris MF. The beautifully-designed book graphs a layered narrative, informing the story of the Indonesian Banda Islands. The little-known islands of 10 islands has a centuries-long history of colonisation, but has continued to have an “outsize role in global industry and the modern economy”. Published by Jordan jordan Model, juror Daniel Blaufuks explains the book as one where, “text and image are usually expertly intertwined, inviting come back viewing and reading—and that offers us new perspectives from a region we don’t frequently have the opportunity to hear from creatively. ”
Photography Catalog of the Year: What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Ladies, 1843–1999 , Russet Lederman & Olga Yatskevich
The Photography List of the Year award was received by Russet Lederman and Olga Yatskevich regarding What They Saw: Historic Photobooks by Women, 1843–1999, published by 10 by 10 Photobooks . Recognised for its “extensive, original research and the efforts it makes to the history of pictures, ” as said by Fannie Escoulen, it includes 250 photobooks, journals, zines and other print media.
The final jury also chose to award a Juror’s Special Talk about to Amma by Vasantha Yogananthan, the final volume of A Myth of Two Souls published by Chose Commune, a seven-book series the artist started in 2016. The court chose, “books with strong narratives that were able to find the right forms for the stories these were telling; up-and-coming image manufacturers surprising us with transatlantic stories, highlighting the things we have all been missing over these last couple of difficult years—families and areas, parties, traveling, and having the ability to connect with each other, ” clarifies Taous R. Dahmani. “Importantly, the selected winners present strong individual investigations plus artists whose stories are actually untold, using the book form to disseminate those voices more widely. ”
To find out more about the full Photobook Awards shortlist this season, head to Aperture’s website .