Friday, March 27, 2009

Larry Towell & Susan Meiselas Shortlisted for 2009 And/Or Photography Book Award!

The two shortlists are announced for the 2009 And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image. A winner from each category will share a prize fund of £10,000. They will be announced during an awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank, London, on Thursday 23 April.

Over 150 titles were submitted across the two categories for the awards, which have been narrowed down to a final seven books by the two judging panels chaired by Martin Parr (Photography) and Mike Dibb (Moving Image). The judges were looking for works which make a significant contribution to the understanding of photography and/or the moving image and which use photographs as more than a means of illustration.

Shortlisted titles for the 2009 And/or Photography Book Award:

The World from my Front Porch, Larry Towell

An album featuring the best of 20 years of awardwinning Magnum member Larry Towell’s photographs of family life in rural Ontario. Towell’s idyllic and beautiful photo-essay is accompanied by an extensive autobiographical text illustrated with over 160 photographs, objects and songs chosen by Towell. These are presented in an extended introduction and afterword to the book, exploring the history of his front porch (Larry’s house was built by the man who first carved Ontario into farm units) and his journeys from the security of his home and family into the war zones of the world.Together they make a poetic and moving statement about land and belonging, the central theme of Towell’s work. The book is designed in the manner of an Edwardian album.

Susan Meiselas: In History, Susan Meiselas

Since the 1970s, questions of ethics raised by documentary practice have been central to debates in photography. Perhaps no other photographer has so closely and consistently represented and participated in these debates than Susan Meiselas.An American photographer best known for her work covering the political upheavals inCentral America in the 1970s and ’80s, Meiselas’s process has evolved in radical andchallenging ways as she has grappled with pivotal questions about her relationship to her subjects, the use and circulation of her images in the media, and the relationship of images to history and memory. Her insistent engagement with these concerns has positioned her as a
leading voice in the debate on contemporary documentary practice.

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