Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 edition of the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, celebrating the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.

Hidden Islam by Nicoló Degiorgis (Rorhof, Bolzano Bozen, Italy, 2014) is the winner of $10,000 in the FIRST PHOTOBOOK category.

The selection for this year’s new category, PHOTOGRAPHY CATALOGUE OF THE YEAR, is the separately published, matched set of catalogues Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness and Christopher Williams: Printed in Germany.

Imaginary Club by Oliver Sieber is the winner of the PHOTOBOOK OF THE YEAR. A special mention in that category goes to Vytautas V. Stanionis’s Photographs for Documents.

A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Rahaab Allana, curator at the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts; Quentin Bajac, Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator at the Museum of Modern Art; Cléo Charuet, designer and director; Sebastian Hau, curator; and Pierre Hourquet, gallerist, publisher, and designer, who replaced Urs Stahel due to a delay in Mr. Stahel’s schedule.

Hau said of the First PhotoBook winner, “This volume condenses years of research and interaction with members of Muslim communities in northern Italy. It is a sincere book that attempts to bridge local conditions in Italy to a larger European context—and a very strong example of attention to detail and overall concept in today’s independent bookmaking.” Bajac added, “It depicts an important subject; it is not overproduced and manages to get the right tone on a delicate and subtle topic.”

From a range of titles that included both emerging artists and contemporary masters competing for the PhotoBook of the Year prize, the jury selected Oliver Sieber’s Imaginary Club as an extremely well-crafted final manifestation of a photographer’s personal, in-depth project.

Charuet described Christopher Williams’s Photography Catalogue of the Year, the first recipient of this new prize, as “a super pure, extremely well-done set of books: the use of bright colors, the perfect selection of papers, the perfect economy and rhythm. It’s very appropriate to what’s happening right now in terms of both design and photography. The book is a perfect response to the material.”

Of the jurors’ special mention, Allana said, “Photographs for Documents presents a series of images that are not just documents; they are lives that are shared on the page. The page becomes a stage. . . . The fragility and simplicity, the humility of the materials themselves, are also pivotal to the overall result.”

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Nicolo' Degiorgis, from the book Hidden Islam - First Photobook Winner 2014
Nicolo' Degiorgis, from the book Hidden Islam - First Photobook Winner 2014
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