The Science Museum London: Kraszna-Krausz first Book Award

The Science Museum: Kraszna-Krausz first Book Award shortlist annou...

3_4907 Sir Harold Evans and David Goldblatt recognised by Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 

First Book Award shortlist announced
Writer and journalist Sir Harold Evans announced as recipient of the Kraszna-Krausz Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Award
Brand new prize, The Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship, to be awarded to eminent South African photographer David Goldblatt

Shortlist for First Book Award 2015 announced

Media Space hosts awards and display celebrating the best in new photography and moving image publishing

20 April – 28 June 2015, Virgin Media Studio, Media Space, Science Museum, London
Entrance free
Awards ceremony 18 May 2015

Principal Founding Sponsor: Virgin Media

Constructing Worlds von Alona Pardo

Sir Harold Evans, former Sunday Times editor and prolific writer on photojournalism is to receive the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation’s Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Award at a ceremony on 18 May 2015, while South African photographer David Goldblatt will be awarded the first ever Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship in recognition of his extraordinary work in books throughout a distinguished career.

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are the UK’s leading prizes for photography and moving image books. Judged by a panel of prominent experts, they celebrate the books which have made original and lasting educational, professional, historical and cultural contributions to the field. The longlisted and shortlisted publications for The Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award and The Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award will be revealed at the opening of the awards display in Media Space’s Virgin Media Studio on 20 April 2015. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 18 May 2015, with a £10,000 prize split between the two categories.

Lady in the Dark

On Sir Harold Evans’ naming as recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Award, Michael G. Wilson, Chairman, Kraszna-Krausz Foundation said ‘With a distinguished career spanning many decades and both sides of the Atlantic, Sir Harold Evans represents the very highest standards of professional journalism. He has been both a writer and editor for many of the great periodicals of our time as well as author of books about the recent history of America. It is our great pleasure to award him the Kraszna-Krausz Outstanding Contribution to Publishing prize.’

On the awarding of the Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship to David Goldblatt, Wilson said: ‘David Goldblatt is the 2015 inaugural Kraszna-Krausz Fellow in recognition of his incredible achievement as a photographer working in the medium of the photography book. Throughout his career, Goldblatt’s projects have exemplified the highest standards of intellectual rigour and creative production. His photography books have inspired multiple generations of photographers and are among the most influential of the 20th and 21st centuries.’

World Atlas of Street Photography

The First Book Award is the world’s leading book prize for emerging photographers. The Award was established in 2012 by MACK and the National Media Museum and is open to photographers who have not previously had a book published by a third party publishing house. Media Space will present a display of the winning project, together with an overview of the winners from the first three years of the Award and this year’s shortlisted projects. The winning project will be published by MACK on 20 April at the opening of the display accompanying the awards.

The photographers (and works) shortlisted for the First Book Award 2015 are announced as: Ciarán Óg Arnold (I went to the worst of bars, hoping to get killed but all I could do was get drunk again), Fine Bieler (Traumkaßte Bilder mit Anspruch auf Wahrheit), Marguerite Bornhauser (Plastic Colors), Ivars Gravlejs (Early Works), Tine Guns (The Diver), Kevin Lear (A Glass Darkly), Vittorio Mortarotti (The First Day of Good Weather), Musa Nxumalo (I, II, III, IV, In search of …), Charlotte Tanguy (In a Sense), Ofer Wolberger (billie).

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Lucy Kumara Moore, Director, Claire de Rouen Books and First Book Award judge, said: ‘For me, the pleasure of judging this prize was in knowing that I could focus on the quality of the work contained within the submitted book dummies, rather than the material and conceptual ways in which the dummies had themselves been assembled. Michael Mack’s understanding of photo book publishing is exceptional, and this is the strength of the First Book Award – it allows a talented practitioner to begin to refine the way in which their work is presented to the world. Importantly, this year the prize also involves an exhibition at Media Space for the winner, thereby foregrounding further the sensitivities of different formats of presentation – the book, the exhibition, etc – and how these might complement each other.’

Video Revolutions

The display accompanying The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards and the First Book Award 2015 will run from 20 April to 28 June 2015 in the Virgin Media Studio, Media Space, Science Museum, London. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to look through copies of the newly and soon-to-be-published books by each of the shortlisted entrants and award winners, alongside a selection of striking images from the previous First Book Award winners. Details can be found at

The Seventh Dog

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are presented by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation in partnership with Media Space. Andor Kraszna-Krausz (b. Hungary, 1904) is one of the most important and influential names in photographic publishing. Having studied photography and cinematography in Munich, Kraszna-Krausz was invited by the publisher Wilhelm Knapp to edit new magazine Die Filmtechnik. Under his editorship it became one of the leading moving picture trade journals. In 1937 Kraszna-Krausz fled to Britain as a refugee and founded Focal Press, adopting a lower case letter ‘f’, derived from the symbol for a lens aperture, for the company’s logo. Focal Press publications were an immediate success and it remains one of the world’s leading publishers of books about photography and the moving image. In 1985 he set up the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and its annual awards to recognise and support the best and most original photography and moving image publishing. Following his death in 1989, Kraszna-Krausz’s personal archive and library, comprising several thousand volumes, was bequeathed to the National Photography Collection at the National Media Museum, where they are freely available for study. The judging panel for the Best Photography Book Award comprises photographer Hannah Starkey, author Geoff Dyer and Chair Mark Sealy MBE, Director, Autograph ABP. Meanwhile, Francine Stock, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme will chair the Best Moving Image Book Award judging panel, joined by Janet Harbord, Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London and Elisabetta Fabrizi, Curator of Screen Media, Tyneside Cinema.

The Films of Claire Denis

The First Book Award is presented by Media Space in partnership with MACK, with the support of the Wilson Centre for Photography, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and the John Kobal Foundation. The panel of judges for 2015 was comprised of publisher Michael Mack, Polly Fleury of the Wilson Centre for Photography and the National Media Museum’s Greg Hobson, along with guest judges Simon Baker of Tate and Lucy Kumara Moore of Claire de Rouen Books. The previous winners of the First Book Award are Anne Sophie Merryman (Mrs. Merryman’s Collection), Paul Salveson (Between the Shell) and current Jerwood/Photoworks Award recipient Joanna Piotrowska (FROWST).

Be Sand Not Oil

MACK is a London based art and photography publishing house. Working with leading artists, writers and institutions from across the globe, MACK books are renowned for their conceptual rigor, design clarity and high production values. Volume 3 of the industry bible, Parr + Badger’s The Photobook: A History (Phadion 2014) concludes with four MACK titles, identifying MACK as the current leading force in the genre.

Media Space is a major new photography destination, presenting a programme of world-quality exhibitions, commissions and events for national and international audiences and celebrating the Science Museum Group’s unrivalled National Photography Collection. It comprises a main gallery and a studio gallery, as well as a vibrant café/bar, and is located on the second floor of the Science Museum. The Principal Founding Major Donors and driving force behind Media Space are Michael and Jane Wilson; Founder Donor is the Dana and Albert R Broccoli Foundation and the Principal Founding Sponsor of Media Space is Virgin Media. Media Space has also received generous support in the form of donations or artworks from a large number of individuals, companies and artists.

Amore e Piombo

Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK. The company’s cable network – the result of multi-billion pound private investment – delivers ultrafast broadband to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 120Mb, as well as market leading connectivity to thousands of public and private sector organisations across the country. Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo. The company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of British households. The world’s first virtual mobile network was launched by Virgin Media and it is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country. Virgin Media is a part of Liberty Global plc, the world’s largest international cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 25 million customers across 14 countries, helping connect people to the digital world and enabling them to discover and experience its endless possibilities.

Amateur Cinema

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.

The National Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. It explores the science, technology and art of the still and moving image, and its impact on our lives; drawing from more than 3.5 million objects in its National Photography, Television and Cinematography Collections. The Museum creates special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults, and also organises two major film festivals each year – Bradford International Film Festival and Bradford Animation Festival. It is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only public Cinerama screen outside the USA. Entry to the Museum is free.
Pictures courtesy Science Museum London

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