Clear your reading lists for the next few months. The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for Photography and Moving Image have just been announced
Images of or by Alfred Hithcock, Bruce Davidson, William Eggleston all feature in the shortlists and longlists for the 2013 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards. The ultimate winners of the two categories – Best Photography Book and Best Moving Image Book – will share a prize of £10,000 which will be announced on 25 April at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony held in London.
The Best Photography Book award was judged by Zelda Cheatle, photography specialist and former owner of the Zelda Cheatle gallery in London Zelda Cheatle (chair), longtime writer for The Guardian on Photography Sean O’Hagan and 2009 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize winner, photographer Paul Graham.
The catalogue for London’s Barbican show Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s is a reminder of the time when photography began to be considered more widely as an art form, and its international take on the period is a reminder of the medium’s egalitarian spirit.
Nightclub Photographs feature the images of bouncer Billy Monk, who worked in the Catacombs club in Cape Town. Monk intended to sell the photos to the clients but slowly got drawn into documenting the people and nightlife, until he stopped in 1969. The negatives were discovered in the early 80s and an exhibition was put on but Monk got in involved in a fight on the way to the show, and was fatally shot in the chest. He never got to see his work ‘in lights’.
Another set of ‘resurrected’ images appears on the longlist, as photographer Dirk Silverman’s book of photos from the Algerian war comes out in a new edition 50 years after its first publication.
And the catalogue for Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop by Mia Fineman which we featured in 7 Days was also longlisted.
The the moving image section 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock by James Bell, editor (British Film Institute), features 39 essays about the undoubted master of the thriller and chiller. While last year Vertigo finally toppled Citizen Kane from Sight and Sounds poll of over 850 critics for best film, photographers will no doubt be partial to Hitchcock’s Rear Window – an exploration of the psychological motive and creative eye of the professional photographer.
Hitchcock’s work also appears in Hollywood Costume by Deborah Nadoolman Landis. We eagerly wait the results with as much tension as Tippi Hedren.