Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with prizes in three categories. The initial short-list selection was made by Christophe Wiesner, Artistic Director of Paris Photo; Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine; Lesley A. Martin, creative director of Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook Review; Joel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum; and Gregory Halpern, photographer and 2016 Winner of PhotoBook of the Year Award.
All the short-listed books are profiled in issue 013 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook. The PhotoBook Review is available for free at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore and is mailed to all Aperture magazine subscribers.
The short-list exhibition also includes the winning books: Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom is the winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year and Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan is PhotoBook of the Year. A special mention goes to La Grieta (The Crack) by Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril.
A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Florencia Giordana Braun, founder of Rolf Art gallery; Krzysztof Candrowicz, artistic director of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg; Mitch Epstein, award-winning photographer; Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; and Cristiano Raimondi, head of development at the New National Museum of Monaco.
Read more about the winners.