First PhotoBook award

Living Trust by Buck Ellison

Living Trust by Buck Ellison (Loose Joints Publishing, Marseille, France), winner of the First PhotoBook Award, was praised for its investigation of the visual language of privilege. Taken together, the series in the book off er a sustained, almost anthropological examination of the ways whiteness and privilege are both recapitulated and broadcast. “Living Trust emerged in our conversations as something that focuses really well on what many take for granted,” shortlist juror Oluremi C. Onabanjo commented. “The book is carefully shaped in relation to the subject, in its form as much as in the artist’s approach to white privilege—a very contemporary subject— and addressed with very personal writing,” concluded Nicolas Poillot, who served as part of the final jury.