BEST ANTIPODEAN PHOTO BOOKS ANNOUNCED
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!