Founded by the prolific Hungarian publisher and founder of Focal Press, Andor Kraszna-Krausz, the foundation has, since 1985, identified and celebrated works that make a significant contribution to photographic and moving image scholarship, history, research, criticism, science and conservation. The complete shortlists for the 2012 awards are live, among which you’ll find nods to the exquisite Blind by French conceptual artist Sophie Calle (Aperture 191, 142).
An exhibition of the most highly recommended books from each award, curated by the judging panels, will also be on display at Somerset House for the duration of the World Photography Festival and Exhibition from 27 April to 20 May 2012. On view in this juried exhibition will be the Verna Posever Curtis edited Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography (Aperture 2011), a comprehensive, insightful illustrated history of the handmade photo album format—a form of presentation that would become an art form in itself.
The 2012 Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book Award winners will be announced during the Sony World Photography Awards at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London, on Thursday 26 April.
For more information, visit the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation website.
Purchase Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography ($60, available here).