Aperture Announces 2014 PhotoBook Awards


Books by Christopher Williams.


Today the Aperture Foundation and the Paris Photo fair, which runs at the city’s Grand Palais through Sunday, released the winners of their Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, which focus on “the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.” The top prize, called First PhotoBook and carrying a $10,000 award, went to Nicoló Degiorgis for his book Hidden Islam.

Christopher Williams also came up big, taking home Photography Catalogue of the Year honors for his books Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness and Christopher Williams: Printed in Germany, which were released in conjunction with his touring retrospective, which has been organized by the Art Institute of Chicago with the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitechapel Gallery in London.

I’ve only seen the first of those two Williams books, but it is a beauty—it includes essays by the shows curators alongside a variety of texts selected by the artist, like Rita McBride’s manifesto for the Dusseldorf Art Academy, and comes with an additional slim volume with color reproductions of his work.

Details on other prizes and the jury are available on Aperture’s website.

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