BEST ANTIPODEAN PHOTO BOOKS AN­NOUNCED

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The win­ners of the Aus­tralian Pho­to­book of the Year Awards 2016 and the New Zealand Pho­to­book of the Year 2016 were re­cently an­nounced.

This year’s New Zealand Pho­to­book of the Year was shared be­tween two pho­tog­ra­phers: Si­mon De­vitt, and photography stud­ies grad­u­ate Evan­ge­line Davis. De­vitt’s self-pub­lished his win­ning book Ran­noch was de­scribed by judg­ing chair Jonty Valen­tine as, “A thought­ful ar­chi­tec­tural es­say mar­ry­ing an ex­plo­ration of the build­ing with an in­ti­mate por­trait of New Zealand arts phi­lan­thropist Sir James Wal­lace’s life within the space.”

Davis’ book Touchy was pro­duced for her fi­nal as­sess­ment at Welling­ton’s Massey Univer­sity. The di­ary-style book ex­plores the tran­si­tion from girl­hood to wom­an­hood and con­fronts dis­torted ideals of beauty and fem­i­nin­ity. Judg­ing com­ments in­cluded de­scrib­ing Touchy as “well re­solved and care­fully edited. The de­sign play­fully used rep­e­ti­tion, close-ups, full-bleed pages, and dou­ble-page spreads to present mul­ti­ple nar­ra­tive threads.”

Fi­nally, the Aus­tralian Pho­to­book of the Year award was won by the photo book Astres Noir. The book is a re­sult of the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Mel­bourne-based Ger­man photo artist Ka­trin Koen­ning, Bangladeshi pho­tog­ra­pher Sarker Protick, and French pub­lisher Chose Com­mune. Judg­ing chair Heidi Ro­mano said, “The judges were drawn to the mes­mer­iz­ing pho­tos of the ev­ery­day, and the way they were trans­formed into new and un­ex­pected forms, cre­at­ing a book that’s sur­pris­ing and sur­real, with a se­quence that is el­lip­ti­cal and per­fectly strange.”

Con­grat­u­la­tions to this year’s win­ners!

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