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Will Harris shortlisted: Paris Photo–Aperture PhotoBook Award

You can call me Nana by Will Harris

Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Will Harris, as his moving and intimate book You can call me Nana is shortlisted for the First Photobook Prize in the 2021 Paris Photo–Aperture PhotoBook Awards!

Established in 2012 by the Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the awards celebrate the contribution of the photobook to the history and development of photography. The winner of the First Photobook prize will be awarded $10,000.

Thirty-five shortlisted titles from three categories will be exhibited at Paris Photo and showcased in the 2021 PhotoBook Awards traveling exhibition in the United States and internationally, as well as featured in The PhotoBook Review and online via the Aperture website.

The pre-selection jury is made up of: Emilie Boone (Art historian), Sonel Breslav (Director of fairs and editions, Printed Matter), Darius Himes (International director of photographs, Christie’s), Jody Quon (Director of the photography, New York Magazine) and Lesley A. Martin (Creative Director, Aperture Foundation).

Winners will be announced in Paris Photo on November 12th at 3pm Central European time.

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Star Photobook Dummy Award

Star Photobook Dummy Award

Overlapse publisher Tiffany Jones is honored to be a nominator for the first annual Star Photobook Dummy Award. Organised by Photographic Social Vision Foundation in collaboration with the publishers Phree, Ediciones Posibles and RM, the prize offers the opportunity and support to publish a photobook on the basis of a dummy in its final stage of design and presented concept. The jury will select a winner from dummies put forward by nomination only. See the full list of nominators here.

The winning book dummy photographer(s) will receive a contribution of 10,000€ for publication, as well as three mentorship sessions and international distribution. The prize winner will be announced in October 2021.

The Star Photobook Dummy Award is dedicated to the loving creativity of graphic designer Inés Casals, and will focus on projects permeated by the human values that were important in her life such as: friendship, empathy, intimacy, warmth, love, beauty, poetry, doubt, fear, challenge, tenacity, empowerment, self-determination, resilience, acceptance, self-care, compassion, without forgetting irony and non-conforming.

Read more about the first Star Photobook Dummy Award here, and if you feel you have a suitable dummy for review, please email a low-resolution PDF to Tiffany at

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Disappearance of Joseph Plummer shortlisted for PHE18

PHotoESPANA2018 - Ana Zaragoza Photo
Photo: © Ana Zaragoza

PHotoESPAÑA have announced their shortlist for the Best Photography Book of the Year 2018, and The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer by Amani Willett has made the cut! The selected books were chosen for their production quality and originality, and will be exhibited at the Biblioteca Nacional de España (National Library of Spain) from 6 June to 23 September 2018. Well done Amani!

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Photobooks of 2017 / End of Year Roundup

Overlapse has had a terrific year making photobooks and setting them free into the wild!

A highlight for us was rounding up at Polycopies in Paris, where we met some visionary publishers and connected with wonderful new friends from around the world. The directors Sebastian and Laurent curate and organise a rocking annual event (this year covered in live video by The New York Times). It was an incredible experience and we hope to see you there in 2018!

December brought surprises with the annual, semi-notorious ‘end of year’ lists, highlighting some of the ‘best’ photobooks released 2017 according to critics, collectors, booksellers, curators, photographers and more. Although loads of great photobooks are inevitably overlooked and under-seen, it’s been exciting to discover that two of our publications have been particularly noteworthy. We want to share our successes with all of our supporters, so if you’re interested do check out the links below to read what selectors had to say (writing thoughtfully about their choices in many cases) and discover some excellent books published in 2017:

Beyond Drifting by Mandy Barker:
* Ten Best Photography Books of 2017, Smithsonian Magazine
* Photo-eye Best Books of 2017, selected by Laura M. André, Photo-eye Book Division Manager
* Photo-eye Best Books of 2017, selected by Sara Terry, Publisher & Guggenheim Fellow
* Photobookstore Magazine Photobooks of 2017, selected by David Solo, Collector
* Photobookstore Magazine Photobooks of 2017, selected by 10×10 Photobooks Team
* Photobook Phenomenon Choice of 2017, selected by Bint photoBooks, Collector
* Selected Photobooks of 2017, Women Photograph
* Artist Edition highlighted by David Solo and Hyperallergic

Laura M. André on Beyond Drifting: “This conceptually rich photobook is the sleeper of the year. Think Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species meets Anna Atkins’ Cyanotypes of British Algae. From the faded and stained cover to the facsimile pages of creased, mold spotted, bleed-through paper, Mandy Barker’s brilliantly conceived, designed, and executed faux-Victorian photobook deftly addresses the contemporary, global environmental crisis of plastic ocean debris… This book is a knockout!”

The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer by Amani Willett:
* Photo-eye Best Books of 2017, selected by Aline Smithson, Editor in Chief of LENSCRATCH
* Really Good Photobooks Published in 2017, selected by Humble Arts Foundation NY
* Favorite Photobooks of 2017, selected by Suzanne Révy and Elin Spring
* PDN Editors’ Pick, 2017 Gift Guide

Aline Smithson on The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer: “It’s incredibly difficult to speak to a Best Book, but I am a longtime fan of how Amani Willett tells stories… Presented as surreal and cinematic storytelling, The Disappearance of Joseph Plummer is the perfect combination of nightmares and daydreams, beautifully mysterious and intriguing, in the style of all good novels.”

We’ll end 2017 with A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has looked at our books this year, to all who made a purchase, and to those of you who helped spread the word about our photographers/artists and publications in media, social networks and in real life! We couldn’t do all this work without your support, and the experiences of 2017 have energised us – we’re bubbling with anticipation to show you our upcoming projects in 2018.

All best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Further reading:
See Photobookstore Magazine’s Photobooks of 2017 – All lists
See Photo-eye’s Best Books of 2017 – Full list
See the ‘Meta-list’ of Favourite Photobooks of 2017 – Compiled by Viory Schellekens