News | September 25, 2018

2018 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist Announced

On Friday, September 21, Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation announced the Shortlist for the 2018 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, celebrating the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year.

First PhotoBook: A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s) whose first finished, publicly available photobook is judged to be the best of the year. Twenty books from this category have been selected for the Shortlist, and will be presented to the jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

PhotoBook of the Year: This prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s) and publisher responsible for the photobook judged to be the best of the year. Ten books from this category have been selected for the Shortlist, and will be presented to the jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

Photography Catalogue of the Year: This prize will be awarded to the publication, publisher, and/or organizing institution responsible for the exhibition catalogue or museum publication judged to be the best of the year. Seven books from this category have been selected for the Shortlist, and will be presented to the jury for the final selection and exhibited during Paris Photo.

This year’s Shortlist selection was made by a jury comprising: Lucy Gallun (associate curator in the Department of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York), Kristen Lubben (executive director, Magnum Foundation, New York), Yasufumi Nakamori (incoming senior curator of international art [photography], Tate Modern, London), Lesley A. Martin (creative director, Aperture Foundation, and publisher of The PhotoBook Review) and Christoph Wiesner (artistic director, Paris Photo).

The jurying of the Awards takes place in two stages. The first part took place from September 19 to September 21, a three-day-process that involved reviewing more than 980 submissions to select the shortlisted books in all categories. “The varied approaches and high level of experience that each of the jury members bring to the table leads to a process of selection that is very intense; a rigorous exchange of ideas about the many incredible books being made today,” says Christoph Wiesner. “The best photobooks can offer a more in-depth, heightened experience of an artist’s work, augmenting and expanding how we encounter that work in exhibitions or online.” 

A final jury in Paris—comprising Hervé Digne (president of Manifesto and the Odeon Circle), Martha Kirszenbaum (curator), Kevin Moore (curator), Azu Nwagbogu (director of African Artists’ Foundation and LagosPhoto Festival, Nigeria) and Batia Suter (artist)—will select the winners for all three prizes, which will be revealed at Paris Photo on November 9, 2018. All shortlisted and winning titles will then be profiled in the fall 2018 issue of The PhotoBook Review, a biannual publication that accompanies Aperture magazine, and exhibited at Paris Photo and Aperture Gallery in New York, touring thereafter.

 Since the announcement of the 2017 winners last November, last year’s shortlisted titles have been exhibited in multiple venues internationally, including Lithuania, Germany, Moscow, Switzerland, and Italy.

The PhotoBook Awards 2018 Shortlist

Photography Catalogue of the Year

Blind Date Exhibition

Lieko Shiga

T&M Projects, Tokyo


Body Against Body: The Battle of Images, from Photography to Live Streaming 

Thyago Nogueira, ed., Bárbara Wagner, Garapa Collective, Jonathas de Andrade, Letícia Ramos, Mídia Ninja, and Sofia Borges

Instituto Moreira Salles, São Paulo, Brazil


The Land in Between

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg

MACK, London


Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

Sarah Greenough and Sarah Kennel

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, in association with Abrams, New York


A View of a Room

Susan Meiselas

Here Press, London


PhotoBook of the Year

Laia Abril

On Abortion

Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, England


Nina Berman and Kimberly Stevens

An autobiography of Miss Wish

Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany


Dawoud Bey

Seeing Deeply

University of Texas Press, Austin


Sophie Calle

Parce que

?ditions Xavier Barral, Paris


Alexandra Catiere

Behind the Glass

Chose Commune, Paris


Masahisa Fukase, Simon Baker, and Tomo Kosuga

Masahisa Fukase

?ditions Xavier Barral, Paris


Sohrab Hura

Look It’s Getting Sunny Outside!!!

Ugly Dog (Self-published), Delhi, India


Raymond Meeks

Halfstory Halflife

Chose Commune, Paris


Carmen Winant

My Birth

Self Publish, Be Happy Editions, London


Daisuke Yokota


Akio Nagasawa Publishing, Tokyo


Jurors’ Special Mention

Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes

The Sweet Flypaper of Life

Originally published 1955; reissue in paperback

First Print Press, New York


First PhotoBook

Edén Bernal

Exilios (Exiles)

Inframundo, Mexico City


Nacho Caravia


Self-published, Barcelona, Spain


M L Casteel

American Interiors

Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, England


John Edmonds


Capricious Publishing, New York


Matthew Genitempo


Twin Palms Publishing, Santa Fe


Julie Glassberg

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this book has no title (Bike Kill)

Ceiba Editions, Siena, Italy


Soham Gupta


AKINA Books, London


Yann Haeberlin


Self-published, Geneva, Switzerland


Esther Hovers

False Positives

Fw:Books, Amsterdam


Maria Kapajeva

You can call him another man

Kaunas Photography Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania


Mariken Kramer

The Eyes That Fix You in a Formulated Phrase

Multipress, Oslo, Norway


Pixy Liao

Experimental Relationship Vol. 1

Jiazazhi Press, Ningbo, China


Margo Ovcharenko

Country of Women

Empty Stretch, Moscow


Nicolas Polli

Ferox, The Forgotten Archives (1976-2010)

Ciao Press, Lausanne, Switzerland, and Skinnerboox, Jesi, Italy


Laurence Rasti

There Are No Homosexuals in Iran

Edition Patrick Frey, Zürich, Switzerland


Nick Sethi

Khichdi (Kitchari)

Dashwood Books, New York


Clara de Tezanos

Piedra-Padre, Universo

Self-published, Guatemala City


Jo Ann Walters

Wood River Blue Pool and Blue Pool Cecilia

Image Text Ithaca, New York


Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

One Wall a Web

Roma Publications, Amsterdam


Masaki Yamamoto


Zen Foto Gallery, Tokyo