Photobook Awards new category : Catalogue of the year

In 2013, The Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards granted a special jurors’ recognition to the exhibition catalogue War/Photography : Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, edited by Anne Wilkes Tucker and Will Michels with Natalie Zelt (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston/Yale University Press). Its unique contribution as a richly illustrated volume of scholarship and intense curatorial thinking inspired a new award for the 2014 edition : Photography Catalogue of the Year.

This novelty will appear as a new way to consider this important area of creativity and publication output, in which research, writing, and analysis—whether dedicated to the oeuvre of a single photographer, or an exploration of a collection based in photographic history and practice—can be presented in a compelling book form, and yet is distinct from an “artist’s book” or photobook.

This new award will recognize the importance of visual scholarship, as well as the use of the book platform as a way of “installing” and further expounding on the content of a curator or author’s research, and on the role of the book in documenting, organizing, and adding insight to the topic, exhibition, or collection featured in the book. The unique design challenges involved in creating the structure and informational architecture of such a volume—integrating text and images—are an important part of the criteria for excellence. Five books will be shortlisted in this category, with one winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year to be announced alongside the PhotoBook of the Year and the First PhotoBook prizes.


Institutions and publishers may enter online at aperture.org/photobookawards beginning on May 5, 2014. Entries will not be accepted after September 12, 2014.

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