The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have announced the long and shortlisted titles for the 35th
edition of the prize. The books in the running for the 2020 Photography Book Award and Moving
Image Book Award address diverse global issues related to race, justice, identity, and the
construction of truth, history and memory.
Ranging from illuminating artist monographs and anthologies to in-depth critiques of photography
or filmmaking, to photobooks reconstructing hidden stories, and much more, the lists reflect the
Foundation’s enduring recognition of rigorous and original books that will likely have a lasting
impact on their field.
Instead of the Awards Ceremony which usually takes place during Photo London, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has teamed up with The Photographers’ Gallery to announce the winners in September. This will be followed by a livestream event hosted by the Gallery, featuring conversations about the two winning titles, which will be open to the public online.
2020 Photography Book Award (Shortlist):
With its commentary on poverty, racial discrimination, post-industrial decline and its human costs, this work leaves a lasting historical legacy and forms a pertinent contemporary commentary about the American condition. The almost magazine-like production values add to this sense of historical ‘first draft’.
Photography has been at the centre of the political, social and cultural processes of truth and reconciliation in response to oppressive regimes and dispossessing histories. Taking case studies from Argentina, Australia, Cambodia, Canada, and South Africa, Miles explores the dynamics through which artists have explored these compelling and difficult histories, raising questions of memory, identity and justice.
Rickett’s book is a striking collection of 41 photographic works inspired by the life and work of 19th Century Welsh artist and astronomer Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn. Through photography and text, Rickett charts her journey towards making sense of the sprawling and complex Dillwyn Llewelyn family archive.
2020 Moving Image Book Award (Shortlist):
Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film by Allyson Nadia Field, Marsha Gordon, eds (Duke University Press)
Through its focus on the ways in which filmmakers developed and audiences encountered ideas about race, identity, politics, and community outside the borders of theatrical cinema, this essential examination of nontheatrical films reevaluates basic assumptions about American film culture and the place of race within it.
Frame by Frame: A Materialist Aesthetics of Animated Cartoons by Hannah Frank (University of California Press)
Frank’s beautifully written and posthumously published Ph.D. thesis applies a unique methodology – a frame by frame look at the laborious process behind the pre-digital processes of cartoon-making elucidating hitherto unseen aspects of the animated image – to enrich our understanding of the Golden Age of animation.
This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia by Joan Neuberger (Cornell University Press)
Neuberger’s riveting narrative of filmmaker Eisenstein’s unfinished masterpiece presents a groundbreaking new view of artistic production under Stalin’s rule. The book weaves together the ways in which cinematic invention, artistic theory, political critique, and historical and psychological analysis went hand in hand in this famously complex film.