Goldblatt and Vladislavic Win Kraszna-Krausz Award

Winners of the Best Photography Book Award and the Best Moving Image Book Award have been announced by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation at the Sony World Photography Awards at the Odeon Leicester Square on Wednesday, 27 April 2011

From the Press Release: “Winners of the Best Photography Book Award and the Best Moving Image Book Award have been announced by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation at the Sony World Photography Awards at the Odeon Leicester Square on Wednesday, 27 April 2011. A new award for Outstanding Contribution to publishing was presented to German publisher Gerhard Steidl by last year’s Best Photography Book Award winner, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. Kraszna-Krausz Best Photography Book Award A special edition volume of David Goldblatt’s TJ — images of Johannesburg shot over forty years, is accompanied by Ivan Vladislaviċ’s novel Double Negative, detailing the fragmented experiences of living in that city. The two works together create a dialogue between word and image, balancing both Goldblatt’s rigorous research and Vladislavic’s narrative fiction. The resulting project describes a difficult metropolis scarred by the history of apartheid, symbolic of contemporary South Africa. Judges Mary McCartney (Chair), David Campany and Yuka Yamaji comment:”Goldblatt and Vladislaviċ’s ambitious project explores the relationship between text and image. A highly effective pairing of fiction and photography, this innovative collaboration redefines the possibilities for writing on and about photography.” Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book Award Disappearing Tricks revisits the golden age of theatrical magic and silent film to reveal how professional magicians shaped the early history of cinema. While others have called upon magic as an evocative metaphor for the wonders of cinema, Matthew Solomon focuses on the work of the professional illusionists who actually made magic with moving pictures between 1895 and 1929, including Harry Houdini and Georges Méliès.Judges Hugh Hudson (Chair), Peter Bradshaw and Sir Christopher Frayling comment: “A fascinating enquiry into the early history of film, especially as it involved magicians and magic tricks. Matthew Solomon explores spiritualism and suspension of disbelief in a compelling investigation of the integration of cinema into mainstream entertainment.”Kraszna-Krausz Outstanding Contribution to Publishing awardGerhard Steidl began working as a designer and printer in 1967, when he was just 17 years old. The first Steidl book was published in 1972, and in 1996 Steidl decided to follow his passion for photography and to start his own internationally oriented photo book program. Today, Steidl Publishers hold the world rights for the books of some of the most renowned photographers and artists across the globe including past Kraszna-Krausz Book Award winners Edward Burtynsky, Mitch Epstein, and Susan Meiselas. Steidl is one of the few remaining publishing houses to be independently operated by its founding owner, and to control every step of the manufacturing process: editing, design, typography, scanning, marketing, distribution, public relations and printing.Michael G. Wilson, Chairman of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation comments: “Gerhard Steidl’s dedication to photographic publishing is evidenced by the personal commitment he makes to every artist that he works with and his passionate, self-taught understanding of the printed object.”Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards Exhibition, 26 April — 22 MayAn exhibition of highly recommended books from each award, curated by the judging panels, is on display at Somerset House for the duration of the World Photography Festival and Exhibition from 26 April – 22 May.Highly recommended photography books for exhibition:Selected by judges Mary McCartney (Chair), David Campany and Yuka Yamaji Mark Power: The Sound of Two Songs, Gerry Badger, Marek Bieńczyk and Wojciech Nowicki (Photoworks) Lewis Baltz WORKS, Lewis Baltz (Steidl) Eadweard Muybridge, Philip Brookman (Corcoran Gallery of Art, Tate Publishing and Steidl) A Million Shillings – Escape from Somalia, Alixandra Fazzina (Trolley) TJ: Johannesburg Photographs 1948-2010 / Double Negative: A Novel David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislaviċ (Contrasto) The Thirty Two Inch Ruler / Map of Babylon, John Gossage (Steidl) Camille Silvy: Photographer of Modern Life 1834 – 1910, Mark Haworth-Booth (The National Portrait Gallery) Home Sweet Yokosuka 1976-1980, Miyako Ishiuchi (PPP Editions Inc. in association with Andrew Roth) Killed: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration, William E. Jones (PPP Editions Inc. in association with Andrew Roth) Life is Good & Good for You in New York, William Klein (Errata Editions) Delia’s Tears: Race, Science, and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America, Molly Rogers (Yale University Press) Toshi-e (Towards the City), Yutaka Takanashi (Errata Editions) Best Photography Book Award special mention “Errata Editions of New York merits special commendation for their work republishing rare important twentieth century photographic books”Highly recommended moving image books for exhibitionSelected by judges Hugh Hudson, Peter Bradshaw and Sir Christopher Frayling Counter-Archive: Film, the Everyday, and Albert Kahn’s Archives de la Planète, Paula Amad (Columbia University Press) Billy Wilder’s Some Like it Hot, Dan Aulier & Alison Castle (Taschen) Von Sternberg, John Baxter (The University Press of Kentucky) From Word to Image: Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process, Marcie Begleiter (Michael Wiese Productions) Eadweard Muybridge, Philip Brookman (Corcoran Gallery of Art, Tate Publishing, Steidl) The Godfather Family Album, Paul Duncan & Steve Schapiro (Taschen) Nino Rota: Music, Film and Feeling, Richard Dyer (British Film Institute and Palgrave Macmillan) Studying Ealing Studios, Stephanie Muir (Auteur Publishing) Illuminations: Memorable Movie Moments, Richard D. Pepperman (Michael Wiese Productions) Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain 1951-1977, Patrick Russell and James Piers Taylor, eds. (British Film Institute and Palgrave Macmillan) Making of The Empire Strikes Back, J.W. Rinzler (Aurum Press) Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the 20th Century, Matthew Solomon (University of Illinois Press) The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder, David Thomson (Perseus Books) Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley, Jeffrey Spivak (The University Press of Kentucky)Best Moving Image Book Award special mention”The judges would like to give special recognition to Taschen for their longstanding commitment to producing books about the moving image.” ENDSFor more information about the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards please contact Chris Baker or Truda Spruyt at Colman Getty Consultancy 020 7631 2666 / / Notes to Editors followNOTES TO EDITORS· The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards celebrate excellence in photography and moving image publishing. They were founded in 1985 by the prolific Hungarian publisher and founder of Focal Press, Andor Kraszna-Krausz. Two separate prizes are awarded for photography books and for moving image books (including film and television) published in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2010. The judging panels of the 2011 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are chaired by Mary McCartney (photography) and Hugh Hudson (moving image). They will be looking for works which make a significant contribution to photographic and/or moving image scholarship, history, research, criticism, science and conservation. All eligible submissions join the Kraszna-Krausz collection of photography and moving image in the library of the National Media Museum in Bradford. www.kraszna-krausz.org.uk <http://www.kraszna-krausz.org.uk/> · The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation was established in 1985 by Andor Kraszna-Krausz, founder of the influential publishing house Focal Press. The charitable organisation presents the annual book awards for photography and the moving image and provides year-round grants for the advancement of photography and the moving image in the UK. www.kraszna-krausz.org.uk <http://www.kraszna-krausz.org.uk/> · Created by the World Photography Organisation, the World Photography Awards, sponsored by Sony, launched in 2007. The World Photography Organisation supports professional, amateur and student photography, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends in Photojournalism, Fine Art and Commercial photography. Delivering various initiatives and programmes across this global community under the “World Photography” brand, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating cultural activities for the public to participate in. Also currently included within the World Photography portfolio are the World Photography Student Focus Competition; the World Photography Festival, the World Photography Focus Programme and the World Photography Collection. For more information go to www.worldphoto.org <http://www.worldphoto.org/> · Michael G Wilson is a film producer and photography collector. Responsible for box office successes Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, with his producing partner and sister, Barbara Broccoli, he was awarded an OBE in 2008 for Services to the Film Industry. He founded the Wilson Centre for Photography in 1998. The Centre is one of the largest private collections of photography today, spanning works from some of the earliest extant photographs to the most current contemporary productions. The Centre hosts seminars and study sessions, runs an annual bursary project with the National Media Museum and loans to international museums and galleries · David Goldblatt has worked as a photographer since 1963. Through his images he has carried out one of the most accurate analyses of the changes in South African society, before and after apartheid. His work has been shown in the world’s most important museums and is part of some of the most important collections. He has published sixteen photobooks and received many awards, including the Camera Austria Prize (1995), the Arles Book Prize (2004), the Ha
selblad Award (2006) and the Grand Prix International Henri Cartier-Bresson (2009).· Ivan Vladislaviċ is one of South Africa’s most prominent writers. Among his novels are The Folly, The Restless Supermarket and The Exploded View. He has edited and curated a number of art and architecture books. In 2010, Vladislavic’s first short novels have been collected and republished in Flashback Hotel. He has received numerous and important awards such as the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the University of Johannesburg Prize, the award for best literary essay, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. · Matthew Solomon is an associate professor of cinema studies in the Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. His research examines the historical relationships between cinema and a number of other media. He is Associate Editor of Cinema Journal and Book Review Editor for Film for Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. As well as Disappearing Tricks, Professor Solomon is the editor of Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination: Georges Méliès’s Trip to the Moon (SUNY Press, 2011, in press). He is currently working on a critical edition DVD of Méliès’s landmark early film, A Trip to the Moon (1902), to accompany the book. Best Photography Book Award Runners UpThe Thirty Two Inch Ruler / Map of Babylon,John Gossage (Steidl) “The clarity, precision and acute photographic observation make it a beautifully executed project. The unique design and editing of John Gossage’s book completes an important creative statement.”Camille Silvy: Photographer of Modern Life 1834 — 1910,Mark Haworth-Booth (The National Portrait Gallery)”An illuminating combination of technical history and criticism. Mark Haworth-Booth’s excellent scholarship, insightful observations and social commentary are an invaluable contribution to the history of photography.”Best Moving Image Book Award Runners Up Von Sternberg, John Baxter (The University Press of Kentucky)”John Baxter’s biography is written with the clarity and confidence of an author intimate with his subject. His compelling narrative is an illuminating account that expands scholarship on the director.”Eadweard Muybridge, Philip Brookman (Corcoran Gallery of Art, Tate Publishing, Steidl) “A meticulous piece of scholarship on the pre-history of the moving image. This ambitious and beautifully illustrated survey spans the breadth of Muybridge’s artistic practice and traces the origins of film itself.” Illuminations: Memorable Movie Moments, Richard D. Pepperman (Michael Wiese Productions)”An intimate and accessible approach to moving image writing. Richard D. Pepperman sheds fresh light on the resonance of film watching, its relationship to memory and a sense of place. He also helpfully includes critics’ responses to the films – then and now.”Best Photography Book Award judging panel · Mary McCartney (Chair) has worked as a photographer since 1995. Her work spans the worlds of portraiture and fashion photography and has appeared in magazines such as Harpers Bazaar and Interview. McCartney has exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery and important galleries in UK and America. She also shoots advertising campaigns around the world. · David Campany is a writer and curator. His books include Art and Photography (Phaidon 2003) and the 2009 Kraszna-Krausz Best Moving Image Book winner Photography and Cinema (Reaktion 2008). He co-curated ANONYMES: unnamed America in photography and film for Le Bal, Paris. He is a Reader in Photography at the University of Westminster. · As head of Christie’s Photographs department, London, Yuka Yamaji is responsible for bi-annual auctions in London and has contributed to auctions at various salerooms on both sides of the Atlantic, including Los Angeles, New York, London and Paris.Moving Image Book Award judging panel · Director Hugh Hudson (Chair) directed numerous award winning documentary films and television commercials prior to his directorial debut, Chariots of Fire (1981) for which he received an Academy nomination. The film received eight nominations and won four Oscars including Best Picture. Greystoke (1984) received four academy nominations. Hudson’s recent projects include My Life So Far (1999), I Dreamed of Africa (2000), and Revolution Revisited (2008). He is currently completing a feature documentary on the brain called Rupture — A Matter Of Life & Death.· Peter Bradshaw is a writer and the Guardian’s Film Critic. He has written two novels, Lucky Baby Jesus (1999) and Dr Sweet and his Daughter (2003). He also wrote and performed a BBC radio programme entitled For One Horrible Moment and co-wrote and acted in David Baddiel’s sitcom, Baddiel’s Syndrome.· Sir Christopher Frayling has published and presented extensively on art, design, popular culture and film. Frayling served as Rector of the Royal College of Art from 1996-2009 and Chairman of the Arts Council from 2004-2009.”