In collaboration with the Stuttgart Media University, Goethe-Institut Hongkong is glad to present parts of the longlisted, shortlisted and award-winning photobooks of 2018 German Photo Book Prize at the library of Goethe-Institut Hongkong.
The German Photo Book Prize is a competition in which the jury awards the best photo books in German-speaking countries. It was founded in 1975 as the Kodak Photo Book Award in cooperation with the German Publishers and Booksellers Association and the Trade Office in Stuttgart. In 2003, Kodak AG withdrew as a sponsor and as a result the prize has been renamed as "The German Photo Book Prize".
In March 2016 it was announced that the award of the prize would be suspended until further notice. After a one-year break, the Stuttgart Media University becomes the new organizer.
The award honors special achievements by authors, photographers and publishers in the photo book sector. In addition to publishers, the competition is also open to photographers and photo designers. Photobooks from publishers from German-speaking countries (including Switzerland, Austria) are eligible to participate.
The 2018 German Photobook Prize
took place during the Stuttgart Book Weeks on Sunday, 12 November 2017. The ceremony was for the first time organized by the Stuttgart Media University, and took place at the Bertha-Benz-Saal of the House of Commerce in Stuttgart.
Photographic Masterworks in five Categories
For the category “Coffee Table Books”, Marco Grob’s photobook “Money People Politics” (published by teNeues Media GmbH & Co.KG) becomes the jury’s favourite. The book features some of most dynamic, influential and controversial figures in politics, popular culture, entertainment, science and technology. It is indeed a charismatic retrospective for the renowned contemporary photographer himself.
Erik Greven, a student studying Information design at the Polytechnic University of Aachen, beats other contestants in the category “Students Project” with his photobook “Entkommen”. He dedicates his book to the refugees from Syria, Iraq, Palestine, or Armenia living in Lebanon. The Special prize of this category goes to “Sensor”, a collective project by the students of the University of Fine Arts Münster. The theme of the book is human’s biggest organ - skin.
Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer’s book “I Know Not These My Hands” becomes the prizewinner in the Category “Artistic/Conceptual Photobook”. Both photographers travelled to unfamiliar countries and addressed foreign cultures in this book. The result is intricate photography collages resembling dreamlike paintings. The photobook “Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation” published by Kettler wins the special prize in this category. Through investigative photography, the book documents the critical history of the controversial and infamous agricultural corporation Monsanto.
Whereas in the category “Self Publishing”, “Wolfskinder” by Claudia Heinermann triumphs with flying colours. The book depicts the final months of WWII, when the Red Army swept across eastern Germany, and thousands of children fled to the woods to escape death or forced exile. Heinermann’s works explores the stories of these long-hidden “wolf children”.
“Minus 2/3” by Gerd Ludwig, on the other hand, stands out in the category “Photo-technique”. In this book Ludwig takes readers behind the scenes of many of his most iconic images to share his approach to lighting with small flash.
The entirety of the exhibition will be showed in four rotations.
And as a special program to this year’s Hong Kong International Photo Festival Flare
, part of the exhibition will be relocated to the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) on 17th and 18th November.
This exhibition will later travel to the Hong Kong Baptist University, and various libraries in Macau and Guangzhou.