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KKF Book Awards – Best Photography Book of the Year 2013

March 27, 2013

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation is proud to announce the short and long lists for its annual awards for photography and moving image books.  The Foundation also reveals Thames and Hudson Chairman Thomas Neurath as the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing award.

Established in 1985, the KKF Book Awards are the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image and the two winners share a £10,000 prize.  The judges have shortlisted books ranging from heavy tomes to small paperbacks, each with outstanding pictorial and literary content and exceptional production.  With the proliferation of self-publishing and e-books, the need for traditional publishers to create beautifully crafted books with cutting edge content is more urgent than ever.


© Chris Killip 2013, courtesy Steidl /

Best Photography Book Award

The award was judged by photography specialist and curator Zelda Cheatle (chair), Guardian photography critic and writer Sean O’Hagan and photographer Paul Graham.  The panel selected:

Shortlist – from which one winner will be chosen

  • Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s by Kate Bush (Barbican Art Gallery)
  • Billy Monk by Billy Monk (Dewi Lewis)
  • War / Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath byAnne Wilkes Tucker, Will Michels and Natalie Zest (Yale University Press)


  • Algeria by Dirk Alvermann (Steidl)
  • Uncle Charlie by Marc Asnin (Contrasto)
  • Chris Killip: arbeit / work by David Campany and Ute Eskildsen (Steidl)
  • On the Mines by David Goldblatt and Nadine Gordimer (Steidl)
  • Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop by Mia Fineman (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Sarah Angelina Acland: First lady of Colour Photography by Giles Hudson (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford)
  • Mikhael Subotzky: Retinal Shift by Mikhael Subotzky and Anthea Buys (Steidl)


Of the 10 short and long listed books Zelda Cheatle comments: “Our highly commended books include contemporary work, exhibition catalogues, a beautiful little paperback and turn of the century discoveries.  Every book was thought about, mulled over and the agonising process of elimination or inclusion enacted.  So many of the books were magnificent: we were glad to include Sarah Angelina Acland and her (previously-unknown) spectacular colour images, Marc Asnin’s Uncle Charlie with its 30 years of work and Chris Killip: arbeit, a master photographer, all discussed at length.   Each and every one of the books on this list is a winner for this judging panel.”

Best Moving Image Book Award

Chaired by BFI Creative Director Heather Stewart, the Moving Image panel was completed by Nev Pierce, Editor-at-Large, Empire magazine and Dr. Julian Petley, Professor of Screen Media, Brunel University.   The panel chose:


The Birds, 1963. Costume designer Edith Head. ©Universal Pictures/Photofest/The Kobal Collection


Shortlist – from which one winner will be chosen

  • 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock by James Bell, editor (British Film Institute)
  • First Films of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938-46 by Jeremy Hicks (University of Pittsburgh Press)
  • Hollywood Costume by Deborah Nadoolman Landis (V&A Publishing)


·         Audiences: Defining and Interpreting Screen Entertainment Reception by Ian Christie, ed. (Amsterdam University Press)

·         The James Bond Archives by Paul Duncan (Taschen)

·         Ealing Revisited by Mark Duguid et al (British Film Institute)

·         The Art and Making of the Dark Knight Trilogy by Jody Duncan Jesser and Jannine Pourroy (Abrams)

·         Behind the Scenes at the BBFC: Film Classification from the Silver Screen to the Gilded Age by Edward Lamberti (Palgrave Macmillan)

·         The Cinema of Tarkovsky: Labyrinths of Space and Time by Nariman Skakov (I.B. Tauris)

·         Publisher Ilex for the 2012 books from their series Filmcraft: Costume Design, Production Design, Editing, Cinematography, Directing

Talking about the books, Heather Stewart commented: “The standard of the ten publications on the list was as high as ever, and the shortlisting of the top three was extremely difficult”. 

The 20 short and long listed photography and moving image books will be displayed at Somerset House, London from 26 April – 12 May as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.

The Best Photography Book and Best Moving Image Book winners will be announced on 25 April as part of the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony at The Hilton, London.  The Photography and Moving Image winners will share £10,000 in prize money.

On the same night, the National Media Museum First Book Award, in partnership with MACK, will be announced.  The award supports the production of a book of previously unpublished work and is supported by the Wilson Centre for Photography, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, the John Kobal Foundation and Pierre Brahm.


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