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2019 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

Books 2019 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards On Friday, September 20, Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation announced the Shortlist for the 2018 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. Established in 2012, the Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the contribution of photoooks to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, Photography Catalogue of the Year, and PhotoBook of the Year.

2019 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist
On Friday, September 20, Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation announced the Shortlist for the 2018 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. Established in 2012, the Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the contribution of photoooks to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, Photography Catalogue of the Year, and PhotoBook of the Year.

The following selected nominees are available for purchase through photo-eye.

First PhotoBook
Positive Disintegration 
Tania Franco Klein
Positive Disintegration, the first monograph by Mexican artist Tania Franco Klein, comprises an extended version of her acclaimed series Our Life In The Shadows. The work is influenced by the pursuit of the American Dream lifestyle in the Western world and contemporary practices such as leisure, consumption, media overstimulation, eternal youth, and the psychological sequels they generate in our everyday private life.
This World and Others Like It
Drew Nikonowicz

Drew Nikonowicz's work investigates the role of the 21st century explorer by combining computer modeling with analogue photographic processes. Drawing upon the language of 19th Century survey images, he questions their relationship with current methods of record making.
Parallel State
Guy Martin

After nearly losing his life documenting conflict in Libya, photographer, Guy Martin, turned his attention to a seemingly less dangerous project: documenting on set of Turkish soap operas. After a failed coup and the protests that ensued, Martin began photographing protesters. Parallel State alternates between images of TV set productions and street protests, resulting in a multidimensional body of work.
Rubbish, Dipping Sauce, Grass, Peonie, Bum
Maisie Cousins

Trolley Books are proud to announce the first photographic monograph by Maisie Cousins. The publication will present large format images from her first three major series: 'grass, peonie, bum', 'rubbish' and 'dipping sauce.'
Elf Dalia
Maja Daniels

Most of the inhabitants of the Swedish valley of Älvdalen still speak Elfdalian, an ancient language with strong links to the Vikings’ Old Norse. How it has managed to persist to this day remains a mystery because the community has never been completely isolated.
Dyckman Haze
Adam Pape

In the city there are ways to escape the grid and walk along lines unseen. The city parks of New York offer this escape, eliciting both alienation and intoxication. They allow citizens and nature both a space for growth, a second city away from eyes on the street.
Attention Servicemember
Ben Brody

Attention Servicemember is Ben Brody's searing elegy to the experience of the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Brody was a soldier assigned to make visual propaganda during the Iraq War. Returning to rural New England after 12 years at war, he found his home unrecognizable. So he continued photographing the war as it exists in his mind.
New Dutch Views
Marwan Bassiouni

The series New Dutch Views started as Marwan Bassiounis graduation project and was since developed further. Now it appears as a book with many new photographs and autobiographical reflections, published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Fotomuseum in The Hague.
Michele Borzon

Workforce is an ambitious documentary project that attempts to draw a composite picture of Italy’s current labor landscape, in the framework of the recent global economic recession.
The Eight Day
Gao Shan

The Eighth Day, takes its name from Gao Shan's personal history – on the eighth day after his birth, Shan was adopted by his new mother. The relationship between the two characterized by coldness and indifference, according to Shan’s afterword. Only recently has he started to regard her as more than a mere presence in his life.
American Origami
Andres Gonzalez

The six year project American Origami, closely examines the epidemic of mass shootings in American schools, interweaving first-person interviews, forensic documents, press materials, and original photographs. The book takes its reader through a visual journey of shared grief and atonement to illuminate moments of beauty and pose moral questions embedded in acts of collective healing.
Pillars Of Home
Csilla Klenyanszki

For the series entitled Pillars of Home, visual artist Csilla Klenyánszki built 98 sculptures that reach from the floor to the ceiling using everyday objects found in her apartment. The temporary installations are of different scales and their level of complexity is also varied.
Hola Mi Amol
Karla Hiraldo Voleau

In Hola Mi Amol, Hiraldo Voleau returns to the Dominican Republic to cast her gaze on the bodies of the many men she meets, mostly men working in the tourism trade. There, she explores desire, sex and love in this luscious, tender and sexy debut.
Shine Heros
Federico Estol

There are 3000 shoe shiners who go out into the streets of La Paz and El Alto suburbs each day in search of clients. They are from all ages and in recent years have become a social phenomenon in the Bolivian capital. What characterizes this tribe is the use of ski masks so they will not be recognized by those around them.

Photography Catalogue of the Year
Who Is Michael Jang?

San Francisco–based photographer Michael Jang spent nearly four decades working as a successful commercial portrait photographer. Unbeknownst to the world, however, he was simultaneously assembling a vast archive of thousands of remarkable images documenting, variously: college days, Hollywood celebrities, would-be weather presenters, San Francisco street scenes, his family, Bay Area punks and adolescent garage bands.
Enghelab Street: A Revolution through Books
Hannah Darabi and Chowra Makaremi

Darabi takes us to the heart of an intense artistic and cultural period in Iranian history in a visual essay accompanied by a critical essay by Chowra Makaremi. With its revelatory landscape of publications, Enghelab Street gives us the opportunity to look at rare printed matter for the first time.
Sun Gardens
Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins

This lavishly illustrated book features the beautiful and scientifically important photographs by Anna Atkins, whose landmark work combined a passion for botany with remarkable creativity and technical skill.

PhotoBook of the Year
Christopher Street 
Sunil Gupta

While studying at the New School, New York, under the legendary Lisette Model, Sunil Gupta would spend his weekends cruising on Christopher Street with his camera. It was the heady days after Stonewall and before AIDS when Gupta and his peers were young and busy creating a gay public space that hadn’t been seen before.
Issues: A History of Photography in Fashion Magazines
Vince Aletti

Issues, a luxury, oversized object, richly illustrated with brilliant reproductions, and enclosed in an elegant archival-style magazine-file box, is an essential addition to every book collection on photography, fashion, and graphic design.
Balloon Position
Emi Anrakuji

Through Cyclopean gaze, literally the artist's vision, impaired by suffering a brain tumour, attempts to reconstruct the shattered self that was suspended between conflicting internal and external chaos, life near death, eternal rainfall, gives herself to the construction of a handmade book.
No More, No Less
Kensuke Koike and Thomas Sauvin

In 2015, French artist Thomas Sauvin acquired an album produced in the early 1980s by an unknown Shanghai University photography student. The series No More, No Less, born from the encounter between Koike and Sauvin, includes new silver prints made from the album’s original negatives. These prints were then submitted to Koike’s sharp imagination, who, with a simple blade and adhesive tape, deconstructs and reinvents the images.
Santu Mofokeng

Mofokeng's groundbreaking Stories series is the result of a multi-year collaboration between the photographer, bookmaker Lunetta Bartz, editor/curator Joshua Chuang and Gerhard Steidl. Together they have carefully mined and distilled over 30 years of work into 18 definitive 'stories' that are sharply edited, simply presented and richly printed in an oversized format that recalls the golden age of picture magazines.
Henk Wildschut

This exquisitely bound book focuses on the many refugee camp residents who find hope, consolation, and dignity in nurturing a few plants. These miniature gardens are often just a few tin cans planted with flowers, or of a handful of seeds struggling to sprout in a patch of meagre soil. They symbolize a longing for something resembling a normal existence.

Jurors’ Special Mention: Books About Books
How We See: Photobooks by Women
Russet Lederman, Olga Yatskevich and Michael Lang

With historical records establishing Anna Atkins’s Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843-1853) as the first photobook, it is not surprising that women have consistently contributed to the rich history of photobook making. 10×10 Photobooks has organized How We See to explore the distinctive content, design and intellectual attributes in photobooks produced by women.
Czech and Slovak Photo Publications 1918–1989
Manfred Heiting

This enormous and authoritative survey of Czech and Slovak photo publications commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Czechoslovakia on October 28, 2018. It demonstrates the persistent tradition of superior artistic imagination and technical ingenuity that is uniquely and wonderfully Czech and Slovak.
Camera Austria: Laboratory for Photography and Theory
Christiane Kuhlmann and Vaclav Macek

The objective of this publication is to trace and describe the artistic and institutional decisions that have influenced the work of Camera Austria. Operating through a comprehensive network of photographers, academics, and art critics from all over the world, the “laboratory” Camera Austria has shaped the photographic culture both internationally and regionally.