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BEST MAQUETTES OF THE YEAR

We are very happy to announce the three fantastic winner-books of our this years Dummy Award. Our experts jury members Deanna Templeton, Cristina De Middel, Todd Hido, Carlos Spottorno, Manik Katyal (Emaho Magazine), Ben Füglister (European Photography) and Richard Reisen (k-books) have made their choice:

The first prize goes to Irina Rozovsky for her book Island on my mind.
The second prize goes to Mafalda Rakoš, Iuna Vieira, Raphael Reichl for their book 3rd Generation.
The third prize goes to Hajime Kimura for his book Scrap Book.

Congratulations!!!!!

The jury was very happy with the overall high quality and great diversity of the shortlisted photobooks. As a piece of advice, the jury recommends all dummy book-makers not to overdo their entries by adding too many elements, like inserts, heavy cloth covers and perfect professional printing and binding. We would like to encourage all entrants whose books were not chosen this time to keep going, and to try again next year. One of the aims of the Dummy Award is to raise the quality of the photographic book. We appreciate all ideas and suggestions in support of this goal.

The winner of the First Prize will be given the opportunity to realize the dummy as a »real« book in cooperation with our production partner, k-books, and will be reported on in the magazine European Photography. The First Prize also includes, apart from the book production, the presentation of the photobook-work during the next Fotobookfestival in Kassel in 2015. The Second Prize is a book production voucher valued at € 500; the Third Prize is a voucher valued at € 300 given by our partner, k-books. The shortlisted 48 books will be further exhibited at international photo events in Cologne, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Paraty and São Paulo.

 

FIRST PRIZE

Irina Rozovsky »Island on my mind«

This shortlisted dummy impressed the jury thanks to its iconic photography, thoughtful editing, and its uncomplicated binding and layout. The book was put together and presented in a simple way, which was what made it the jury’s favourite. Interestingly enough, the book does not claim to be on Cuba, hence leaving a sense of curiosity in the reader to dig deep inside the book.

Island on my mind

 

SECOND PRIZE

Mafalda Rakoš, Iuna Vieira, Raphael Reichl »3rd Generation«

This is a collective social documentary photo-book project which creates a dialogue on the lives of young Israelis and Palestinians using a very individualistic and personal approach. Made by two 19- and 20-year-old girlfriends (one worked in Palestine, one in Israel), the aim of this project is to present an honest perspective by the people of Israel and Palestine without touching on the conflict-related issues involved in all the stereotypes we know. 3rd Generation does great justice to reality on the ground of this conflict zone, which it presents in a very informative way. The book is divided into two parts – one for the Israeli protagonists and one for the Palestinians – which are connected by a textile bound at the upper edge. Through this concept, both narratives are linked and separate at the same time. A very unique, interesting and highly recommendable book.

3rd Generation

 

THIRD PRIZE

Hajime Kimura »Scrap Book«

This very simply made scrap book is a great example of an ideal dummy which can be produced without perfect skills, materials and techniques. Hajime Kimura’s Scrap Book contains photocopied images, a few drawings and texts glued in a cheap notebook. It could be a private notebook, a diary, a booklet with personal snapshots and visual notes. This scrap book is mysterious and fascinating enough to be a treasure-trove of simplicity.

Scrap Book

 

MAIN JURY

Cristina De Middel (Photographer, London)
Deanna Templeton (Photographer, Huntington Beach, California)
Todd Hido (Photographer, San Francisco)
Carlos Spottorno (Photographer, Madrid)
Manik Katyal (Emaho Magazine, Delhi)
Bernd Füglister (European Photography, Berlin)
Richard Reisen (k-books, Cologne)

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DUMMY AWARD KASSEL 2013

FIRST PRIZE

Norman Behrendt »Burning down the house«

This dummy impressed the jury the most as it felt that not only had a great deal of work gone into photographing and compiling the extensive book as a whole, but that its »packaging« perfectly suited its subject matter on Berlin graffiti writers, i.e. in that the paper used for the cover was based on the design of the seating material used in Berlin S-Bahn trains. A well-conceived and striking object!

Burning down the house

 

SECOND PRIZE

Artur Krutsch »Thule«

The dummy on the mythological place of Thule, completely shot in black and white, inspired the jury through its subtlety and quiet elegance. Not an obvious choice, individual jury members kept going back to leaf through its pages, taken in by the unobtrusive yet powerful quality of the individual photographs and their story. It will make a beautiful book.

Thule

 

THIRD PRIZE

Robert Beyer »Fahrtenschwimmer«

This unassuming booklet, compiled from a collection of snapshots from the photographer’s grandparents, tells the story of a regular family’s day-to-day life in the German Democratic Republic. The slim pocketsize format perfectly suits its contents, hereby matching the ordinary in so many people’s lives in Germany in the latter half of the last century.

Fahrtenschwimmer

 

MAIN JURY

John Gossage (Photographer, Bookmaker, Washington)
Curt Holtz (Prestel Publishing, Munich)
Russet Ledermann (Media Artist, Researcher and Photobook Collector, New York)
Andreas Müller-Pohle (Media Artist, European Photography, Berlin)
Markus Schaden (Photobook Specialist, Curator, Cologne)
Oliver Seltmann (Publisher Seltmann+Soehne, Berlin)

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DUMMY AWARD KASSEL 2012

FIRST PRIZE

Dagmar Keller & Martin Wittwer »Passengers«

The top honors for the 2012 Photobook Dummy Award went to a remarkable body of work from Dagmar Keller and Martin Wittwer and their collaborative book Passengers. During a residency in Poland in the winter of 2011-2012, Keller and Wittwer were initially looking to start a project photographing Socialist architecture but discovered instead a tangential subject: a bus station in Kielce and its passengers awaiting departure within dozens of regional buses. Framing their subjects from outside, looking in through the frost and mist of the bus windows, the couple photographed individually but combined the results into a sequence of images that seem to have a completely unified voice. Calling upon the long traditions of portraiture and documentary style work, the images are stunningly intimate and beautiful but without the trap of sentimentality.

Passengers

 

SECOND PRIZE

Carmen Catuti »Liebe Grüße aus 18500 m Höhe, MICHELLE«

The second place winner is much harder to pin down in a few words. Liebe Grüße aus 18500 m Höhe, MICHELLE (Best Wishes from 18,500 m High. Michelle) from the Italian photographer Carmen Catuti is about a man who calls himself Michelle and says he’s a professional model. Catuti photographed her subject as he wished to be photographed according to his own conceptions »as a modern man« posing among arrangements of trees and shrubbery, cleanly drawn from darkness by flash. Mixed in are very brief texts, possibly letters from Michelle challenging the collaboration; »Plain backgrounds are often too boring. A picture must immediately be elegant, exciting and original.« This book is a U.F.O. (Unique Foto Object?) and the world of photobooks needs more sightings like this

Liebe Grüße aus 18500m Höhe, MICHELLE

 

THIRD PRIZE

Andrea Botto »19.06_26.08.1945«

Third place went to Andrea Botto and her book 19.06_26.08.1945. Created in the memory of his grandfather Primo Benedetti, the book traces his journey through Northern Germany to his home in Tuscany after being released from a Nazi prisoner of war camp on June 19, 1945. Botto’s approach was to compile images from the internet by searching dates in tandem with the names of cities through which her grandfather passed. Pages of historical images are combined with 1:1 scale personal documents and letters sent to his family during his imprisonment. The resulting book feels as if the reader has discovered an encyclopedia of war filled with tender personal documents slipped between its pages.

19.06_26.08.1945

 

THE SHORTLIST

  • Inigo Aragón »La Sombra En El Césped«
  • Christoph Bangert »The Longest War«
  • Valentino Barachini »KZ – Gli Ultimi Testimoni«
  • Fabio Barile »Soli Finti«
  • Noa Ben-Shalom »Hush«
  • Andrea Botto »19.06_26.08.1945«
  • Christian Breevaart »Les Adventures De Telemaque«
  • Paul Brunner »Via«
  • Olivier Cablat »Pour une archéologie contemporaine«
  • Francisco Paco Carrascosa »Johnnie Walker on the beach«
  • Carmen Catuti »Liebe Grüße aus 18500 m Höhe, MICHELLE«
  • Michele Cera »Dust«
  • Maurizio Cogliandro »One Step Behind You«
  • Hannah Darabi »Unreal City«
  • Edoardo De Ruggiero »Le Machine Dans Le Trou«
  • Giorgio Di Noto »The Arab Revolt«
  • Alan Eglinton »Poems«
  • Michael Englert »Mit Gesicht oder ohne?«
  • Anne Ferran »1 – 38«
  • Maja Gusberti »Un-Resolutions«
  • Anna Haas »The Perfect Background«
  • Jonas Hagenbusch »Ich war hier auch schwimmen«
  • Gabriele Harhoff »Pelikan«
  • Oliver Hartung »Syria al-Assad«
  • Elias Hassos »Breaking Bread«
  • An-Sofie Kesteleyn »A lamb named Beauty«
  • Dennis Orel, Oliver Kröning »El Arenal«
  • Marco Lachi »How does it feel to be leaving the most beautiful city in the world?«
  • Namsa Leuba »What We Want What We Believe in«
  • Tamami Iinuma »Schwarzschild«
  • Eugen Litwinow »Obratno«
  • Simon Menner »Bilder aus den geheimen Archiven der Staatsicherheit«
  • Anna Merten »15 – 17 mm«
  • Peter Andreas Müller »Atlantis«
  • Dennis Neuschaefer-Rube »The Wizard of Oz«
  • Fabian Perfler »View«
  • Mahesh Shantaram & Vidya Rao »Caerdydd Diary«
  • Madoka Rindal »2005 (deux mille cinq)«
  • Vitus Saloshanka »Kamenka«
  • Salvatore Santoro »Saluti da PINETAMARE«
  • Jonathan Saunders »White Oak«
  • Sandra Schmalz »Elli«
  • Anne Kathrin Schuhmann »Billboards, Bodegas and Red Shoes«
  • Selina Schwank »Solanaceae«
  • Daniel Seiffert »Kraftwerk Jugend«
  • Eric Stephanian »The Green Legend«
  • Anne-Sophie Stolz »Cuckoo Clock and Cherry Cake«
  • Hiroshi Takizawa »A rock of the moon«
  • Dominik Thieme »In der Nacht der Zeiten«
  • Yury Toroptsov »Devine Retribution«
  • Italo Morales and Martina Velenik »Overnight Generation«
  • Charles-Osmond Villa »Fallout«
  • Katja Vogel »Butterfisch Testosteron«
  • Julia von der Heide »Hand Me Down«
  • Leifur Wilberg »Subterranea«
  • Yannik Willing »Before Tomorrow«
  • Dagmar Keller & Martin Wittwer »Passengers«
  • Nico Wöhrle »Neongrey«
  • Wolfgang Zurborn »Catch«

 


 

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DUMMY AWARD KASSEL 2011

FIRST PRIZE

Milou Abel »Ik ben jou«

The photographer meets the unknown woman on the street, over and over again. She senses the woman’s intensity. Eventually, the photographer asks her if it would be possible to take her photograph. When she visits her home, she is drawn into a world of rituals – and torments: the voice of a young woman full of hatred, who never stops screaming, »I am you, I am you, I am you!« The weird encounter between the photographer and the strange woman gave rise to a book concept and a dummy, composed of her own images and snapshots from past times, using a double gate fold technique to allow the right and left-hand sides of the book to be combined with each other at will. The project won this year’s Dummy Award at the 4th International Photobook Festival in Kassel. It convinced the jury not only because of the eloquent and enigmatic rendering of the story of this peculiar woman, but also because of the extraordinary design of the book. The photographer’s name is Milou Abel while the strange woman remains anonymous.

Ik ben jou

 

SECOND PRIZE

Mayra Martell »Ciudad Juarez«

Ciudad Juarez

 

THIRD PRIZE

Rosa Maria Rühling »AZIS’ – Mann-männliche Prostitution in Dortmund«

AZIS’ – Mann-männliche Prostitution in Dortmund

 

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DUMMY AWARD KASSEL 2010

FIRST PRIZE

Werner Amann »American«

The first prize was awarded to the Berliner Werner Amann for his book design American. Using light and also intensely expressive images, the photographer achieved to capture a piece of American soul, composed into a fluid essay of documentation and poetry. Amann convinced also through his design. He succeeded brilliantly in creating a book as a medium with its special material and style qualities.

American

 

SECOND PRIZE

Chad States »Cruising«

The second prize went to the American Chad States for his book Cruising which captures the unusual characteristics and secrets of small woodlands near parking lots. The jury was convinced by the photographic quality, the unique page design and narrative structure of the book.

Cruising

 

THIRD PRIZE

Axel Beyer »Bebra Curiosa«

The German photographer Axel Beyer won the third prize for Bebra Curiosa, a subtle-surreal portrait of the North Hessian town Bebra. The jury was impressed by the specific pictorial language and unusual assembly style of the book, which enabled the author to charge his mundane subject matter with humour and suspense.

Bebra Curiosa

 

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