18th May 2018
The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book Awards 2018 Winners Announced

The winners of the 2018 Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Photography Book Award, Moving Image Award and the 2018 Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship in Photography were announced on 17th May at an awards ceremony which took place at The Royal Society of Arts in association with Photo London.

Chrystel Lebas has been awarded the Photography Book Award for Field Studies: Walking through Landscapes and Archives (FW: Books) a retracing of the steps of British botanist Sir Edward James Salisbury, creating new images in the same landscapes of his archival collections.

Susan Courtney has been awarded the Moving Image Book Award for Split Screen Nation: Moving Images of the American West and South (Oxford University Press) which follows the oppositional dynamic between the screen West and the screen South. The winners will receive a sum of £5,000 each.

Revered photographer Josef Koudelka has also been announced as the recipient of the 2018 Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship in Photography for his body of work which spans seven decades. This recognition comes at the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Prague Spring, a moment of international significance during which Koudelka rose to prominence as a young photographer when his photographs documenting the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia were smuggled out of the country and published across the world. He has since produced a number of acclaimed bodies of work including: Gypsies, Exiles and Wall: Israeli and Palestinian Landscapes.

Mark Haworth-Booth OBE, Honorary Research Fellow at the V&A and a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, was present to accept the award on behalf of Koudelka and gave a speech praising his photography for its ability to transcend words and capture life’s liminial moments, which exist ‘outside of totalitarian norms’.

Recognised as the UK’s leading prize for books on Photography and the Moving Image, the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation awards celebrate those that have made an original and lasting contribution to their field. From small publishers to well-established, the Foundation provides a platform and space for new voices and perspectives, whilst championing diversity in both photography and the publishing industry.

Image Credit: Josef KOUDELKA. 2015. ©Antoine d’Agata/Magnum Photos