Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 edition of the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, celebrating the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.
Below, we offer a video presentation of each book as well as a short textual introduction. If you are interested in learning more, be sure to visit Aperture's awards page as well as the individual artists' websites.
The winner of the First Photobook prize (for the best first photobook) is Nicoló Degiorgis for his book Hidden Islam. The book consists of photographs of ordinary-looking buildings in Italy which conceal hidden spaces for Muslim prayer. In the words of jury member (also a member of the jury for the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2014) Mutsuko Ota, "After seeing this book, you can’t help but think of what might be hidden in your own city. It reads almost as a topological survey."
The Photobook of the Year prize went to Oliver Sieber and his book Imaginary Club. The book is made up of photographs of young people who are part of underground subcultures across Europe, the US and Japan. These portraits are interspersed with environmental snapshots, showing the concerts and street corners where these young people congregate.
For the first time this year, there was a prize awarded to the Photography Catalogue of the Year. This award went to two catalogues by Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness and Printed in Germany. These two volumes (separately published) are a perfect example of how to meld the artist book with an exhibition catalogue.
Finally, a Special Mention was given out to Lithuanian photographer Vytautas V. Sanionis for his book Photographs for Documents. This seemingly simple series of portraits offers a captivating experience of hide and seek (as conveyed through the book's gatefold pages).
Editor's Note: For more information on all these books (as well as the entire shortlist), be sure to visit the winners' page on the Aperture Foundation's website.