Nominados 2013


Yesterday the Photobook Club Madrid and Ivorypress Bookshop organized a special session with the books nominated to the 2013 ParisPhoto – Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of the Year and First PhotoBook awards, and the Kassel Fotobook Festival Fotobook Award. Thanks to the tireless work of Ivorypress Bookshop many of the nominated books were present for us to enjoy. Unfortunately some were not available, and some did not arrive in time.


Thirty five people showed up for the event. Each person picked a photobook they liked and presented it to the group. After a little discussion, a vote was held for each of the categories.

For the PhotoBook of the Year award the following books were discussed:

  • Holy Bible, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, MACK, London / Archive of Modern Conflict, London
  • New York Arbor, Mitch Epstein, Steidl, Göttingen, Germany
  • The Black Photo Album / Look at Me: 1890–1950, Santu Mofokeng, Steidl / The Walther Collection, Göttingen / New York
  • Surrendered Myself to the Chair of Life, Jin Ohashi, AKAAKA, Tokyo
  • Rasen Kaigan, Lieko Shiga, AKAAKA, Tokyo
  • Birds of the West Indies, Taryn Simon, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany
  • The PIGS, Carlos Spottorno, Phree and Editorial RM, Madrid
  • War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, Anne Wilkes Tucker and Will Michels, with Natalie Zelt, Museum of Fine Arts Houston / Yale University Press, New Haven

Lieko Shiga’s Rasen Kaigan was selected as the PhotoBook of the Year by the Photobook Club Madrid.

For the First PhotoBook award the following books were available:

  • World of Details, Viktoria Binschtok, Distanz, Berlin
  • A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, Mike Brodie, Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe
  • Speaking of Scars, Teresa Eng, If / Then Books, London
  • The Canaries, Thilde Jensen, LENA Publications, Truxton, New York
  • Top Secret: Images from the Stasi Archives, Simon Menner, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany
  • KARMA, Óscar Monzón, Dalpine, Madrid / RVB Books, Paris
  • Karczeby, Adam Pańczuk, Self-published
  • History of the Visit, Daniel Reuter, Self-published
  • Silvermine, Thomas Sauvin, Archive of Modern Conflict, London
  • Beautiful Pig, Ben Schonberger, Self-published
  • Down These Mean Streets, Will Steacy, b. frank books, Zürich
  • Return to Sender, Sipke Visser, Self-published
  • Ad Infinitum, Kris Vervaeke, Self-published

Mike Brodie’s A Period of Juvenile Prosperity was voted as the best first photobook by the Photobook Club Madrid.

Of the books nominated for the Kassel Fotobook award, the following were present:

  • Rasen Kaigan, Lieko Shiga
  • Eternal Chase, Tamiko Nishimura
  • Coexistence, Stephen Gill
  • Control Order House, Edmund Clark
  • Ed Ruscha and Some Los Angeles Apartments, Ed Ruscha
  • Heaven, Paul Kooiker
  • Censorship Daily. Netherlands – Iran, Jan Dirk van der Burg
  • Dew Dew, Dew Its, Hiro Tanaka
  • The Pigs, Carlos Spottorno
  • Silvermine, Thomas Sauvin
  • Anticorps, Antoine d’Agata
  • The Garden, Alessandro Imbriaco
  • LDN2, Antony Cairns
  • Surrended Myself to the Chair of Life, Jin Ohashi
  • A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, Mike Brodie
  • Gila, Michael Berman

This time Tamiko Nishimura’s Eternal Chase was voted as the best book.

It was a fun exercise to examine and evaluate the books, and we left with the feeling of how difficult it is to fairly judge all these impressive photobooks.

We would like to thank everyone for their participation and specially the staff of the Ivorypress bookshop for their effort in obtaining the books and holding the event.

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