2023 Paris Photo–Aperture PhotoBook Awards

Exhibition at Printed Matter Chelsea
January 11 - March 3, 2024

Printed Matter and Aperture are pleased to present an exhibition of shortlisted titles from the 2023 Paris Photo–Aperture PhotoBook Awards—an annual celebration of the photobook’s contributions to the evolving narrative of photography. Now in its eleventh year, the award recognizes excellence in three major categories of photobook publishing: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalog of the Year.

For the 2023 competition, the awards received 961 books from sixty-one countries around the world, including stand-out entries from Nepal, New Zealand, Denmark, and Japan. In addition to discussions around the individual entries, this year’s shortlist jury took time to discuss the existential: what does it mean to distill down such an enormous number of books, in search of “the best.” As shortlist jury member Deirdre Donohue stated, “I think about how many people are going to care about this in the future; I think about them being in libraries—and that makes me wonder, will I care about this if I pick it up again in five years; what future potential does this have in the world.” Tamara Berghmans observed that the shared goal of the final jury was to “select photobooks that are relevant today—choosing some books that celebrate the pleasure of looking, and others that offer us deeper insights into the lesser-known histories, or to the deeply personal journeys of an individual photographer.” The resulting shortlist—and selected winning titles—represent the possibilities of book making across a broad spectrum of resources, intentions, and storytelling strategies.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 20th from 3-5PM at Printed Matter Chelsea. Many nominated titles will be available for sale in limited quantities. Remaining stock will be available for online sales beginning Monday, January 22.

Aperture is a nonprofit publisher that leads conversations around photography worldwide. From its base in New York, Aperture connects global audiences and supports artists through its acclaimed quarterly magazine, books, exhibitions, digital platforms, public programs, limited-edition prints, and awards. Established in 1952 to advance “creative thinking, significantly expressed in words and photographs,” Aperture champions photography’s vital role in nurturing curiosity and encouraging a more just, tolerant society.

For more information, visit aperture.org.

Paris Photo is the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium. An annual event for collectors, professionals, artists, and enthusiasts, Paris Photo offers its visitors the most qualitative and diverse selection of artworks alongside an ambitious public program with leading figures in the field.

  1. Liss Fenwick
    Humpty Doom
    Te Whanganui-a-Tara, New Zealand: Bad News Books, 2023
    Out of stock
  2. Samuel James
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Fw: Books, 2023
    Out of stock
  3. Alejandro Morales
    El Retrato De Tu Ausencia
    Sweden / Mexico / US: Kult Books and Los Sumergidos, 2023
  4. César Rodriguez
    Montaña Roja
    Lima, Peru: KWY Ediciones, 2022
    Out of stock
  5. Keisha Scarville
    lick of tongue, rub of finger, on soft wound
    London, United Kingdom: MACK Books, 2023
  6. Lúa Ribeira
    Subida al cielo
    Madrid, Spain: Dalpine, 2023
  7. Jan Mammey and Falk Messerschmidt
    Statues Also Die
    Baden, Switzerland: Kodoji Press, 2022
  8. Luis Corzo
    PASACO, 1996
    Stockholm, Sweden: Kult Books, 2023
    Out of stock
  9. Star Feliz
    When Eye Land
    New York, NY: Printed Matter Inc., 2023
  10. Steve Harries
    Paris, France: RVB Books, 2022
    Out of stock
  11. Ronit Porat
    Hunting In Time
    Israel: Sternthal Books
  12. Samuel Gratacap
    France: Poursuite, 2023
  13. Ruth Van Beek
    The Oldest Thing
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Van Zoetendaal Publishers, 2023
  14. Isabelle Bonnet and Sophie Hackett
    Casa Susanna
    Paris, France: Editions Textuel
  15. Carla Williams
    Oakland, California: TBW Books
    Out of stock
  16. Marina Gadonneix
    Laboratories / Observatories
    Paris, France: Atelier EXB, 2023
    Out of stock
  17. Alice Wong
    Painting Photographs
    Oakland, United States: TBW Books, 2022
  18. Kristof Titeca
    Nasser Road – Political Posters in Uganda
    The Eriskay Connection, 2023
  19. Vince Aletti
    The Drawer
    New York, United States: SPBH Editions, 2022
    Out of stock
  20. Kaneko Ryūichi, Toda Masako and Ivan Vartanian
    Japanese Photography Magazines, 1880s to 1980s
    Tokyo, Japan: Goliga
    Out of stock
  21. NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati and Diwas Raja Kc
    The Public Life of Women
    Kathmandu, Nepal: Nepal Picture Library and photo.circle, 2023
    Out of stock
  22. Thobias Fäldt and Klara Källström
    Källström – Fäldt
    Cologne, Germany: Buchhandlung Walther König, 2023
  23. Clifford Prince King
    Orange Grove
    New York, NY: TIS Books
  24. Lynne Cohen
    Observatories / Laboratories
    Paris, France: Atelier EXB, 2023
  25. Felipe Romero Beltran
    London, United Kingdom: Loose Joints, 2023
  26. Thomas Locke Hobbs
    L.A. Vedute
    Breda, The Netherlands: The Eriskay Connection
  27. Mikiko Hara
    Small Myths
    Marseille, France: Chose Commune, 2022
  28. Bharat Sikka
    The Sapper
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Fw: Books, 2022
    Out of stock
  29. Hristina Tasheva
    Far away from home: the voices, the body and the periphery
    The Netherlands: Hristina Tasheva, 2023
  30. Sandrine Collard
    Recaptioning Congo
    Tielt, Belgium: Lannoo, 2022
  31. Bindi Vora
    Mountain of Salt
    Melbourne, Australia: Perimeter Editions, 2023
  32. Anu Kumar
    Melbourne, Australia: Perimeter Editions, 2022
    Out of stock
  33. Alberto Garcia-Alix
    Archivo Nómada
    Madrid, Spain: Cabeza de Chorlito, 2022