An interior spread from Karma, photographs by Óscar Monzón (Dalpine, Madrid / RVB Books, Paris) © Óscar Monzón 2013

An interior spread from Karma, photographs by Óscar Monzón (Dalpine, Madrid / RVB Books, Paris) © Óscar Monzón 2013

The winners of the 2013 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards were announced this evening in Paris.

The self-published book A01 [COD.19.1.1.43] — A27 [S | COD.23] by Rosângela Rennó was named PhotoBook of the Year. The book considers the disappearance due to theft of the material in 27 archival boxes housed in the General Archive of the City of in Rio de Janeiro.

KARMA by Óscar Monzón (RVB Books, Paris / Dalpine, Madrid) is the winner of $10,000 First PhotoBook prize. KARMA is comprised of photographs of automobiles and their drivers made in Madrid between 2009 and 2013.

An interior spread from A01 [COD.19.1.1.43] — A27 [S | COD.23], by Rosângela Rennó, Digital reproductions by Thiago Barros

An interior spread from A01 [COD.19.1.1.43] — A27 [S | COD.23], by Rosângela Rennó. Digital reproductions by Thiago Barros.

In a statement, juror Dr. Tobias Bezzola, Director of Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany, said that, in the winning books, “the content and the form are perfectly balanced; they are each uniquely crafted, elevate both books to the level of art objects—objects that reinforce and mirror the content that each contains.”

The jury also awarded a special recognition to War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath (Museum of Fine Arts Houston/Yale University Press, Hew Haven), the catalogue for the exhibition of the same name.

The jury also included photographer and critic Gerry Badger, Dr. Harald Falckenberg of Sammlung Falckenberg / Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Thyago Nogueira, Contemporary Photography Coordinator / ZUM Magazine Editor, Instituto Moreira Salles (Rio de Janeiro); and Maia-Mari Sutnik, Photography and Special Projects Curator of Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto).

The 30 shortlisted books are currently on display at Paris Photo and will then tour to Aperture Gallery in New York and venues in Denmark, Ireland, Finland and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Related: Aperture and Paris Photo Announce First PhotoBook Prize, PhotoBook of the Year


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