© Hugo Alcol



Ein Highlight des FOTOBOOKFESTIVAL KASSEL ist der DUMMY AWARD für den besten, noch nicht veröffentlichten Fotobuch-Dummy. Zusammen mit unserem Partner Verlag Kettler, lädt das Festival weltweit alle Fotografeninnen und Fotografen ein, daran teilzunehmen. 50 Bücher werden für die Shortlist ausgewählt und in Kassel und auf internationalen Foto-Events ausgestellt. Eine internationale Jury wählt 3 Preisträger aus. Der Gewinner des 1. Preises wird produziert und herausgegeben von Kettler. Der 2. Und 3. Preis ist ein Buchproduktions-Gutschein unseres Partners k-books, der auf hochwertige Bücher in kleinen Auflagen spezialisiert ist. Die Teilnahmegebühr pro Buch und Einsendung beträgt € 36. Die Anmeldung ist vom 15. November 2017 bis 3. April 2018 möglich.

Nutzen Sie die Gelegenheit von internationalen Verlegern und Experten entdeckt zu werden, auf internationalen Festivals ausgestellt zu werden und eine komplette Buchveröffentlichung zu gewinnen!


Das FOTOBOOKFESTIVAL KASSEL wird zum ersten Mal zusätzlich allen DUMMY AWARD Teilnehmern_innen REVIEWS anbieten. Die Teilnehmer_innen haben so die Möglichkeit, mit Jury-Mitgliedern über die Gründe ihrer Entscheidung für oder gegen das Buch zu sprechen. Dazu können sie zwei 30-Minuten Reviews buchen. Möchte man an den REVIEWS teilnehmen, vermerkt man dies auf dem Anmeldeformular für den DUMMY AWARD. Neben der Auswahl der Bücher für die Shortlist, wird die Jury auch die Teilnehmer_innen der DUMMY REVIEWS auswählen. Ausgewählte Teilnehmer_innen werden vom Festival Team im April 2018 benachrichtigt. Sie müssen dann am 31. Mai 2018 (Eröffnungstag des Festivals) für die Reviews in Kassel sein und eine Gebühr von € 60 zahlen.

Siehe detaillierte Teilnahmebedingungen des 2018 KASSEL DUMMY AWARD + REVIEWS hier.




One attraction of the FOTOBOOKFESTIVAL KASSEL is the dummy competition for the best unpublished photobook mock-up. Together with our cooperation partner Verlag Kettler, the festival invites all photographers worldwide to take part. 50 books will be selected for the shortlist and exhibited in Kassel and at other international photo events. 3 winners will be chosen by an international jury. The winner of the First Prize will be produced and published by Kettler, Germany. Second and Third Prize is a book production voucher given by our partner k-books, who specializes in high-quality book productions in small quantities. There is a charge of 36 € per entry and book. Registrations will be open from 15 November 2017 until 03 April 2018.
Take this opportunity to be discovered by international publishers and experts, to be exhibited at international festivals and to win a complete book publishing!

For the first time, the FOTOBOOKFESTIVAL KASSEL will offer dummy book REVIEWS to all DUMMY AWARD participants. During this REVIEWS, the participants will have the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons and the feasibility of their future photobook with jury members. They can apply for the REVIEWS by mentioning this on the DUMMY AWARD registration form. Besides the book selections for the DUMMY AWARD shortlist, the shortlist jury will select photographers/authors for the DUMMY REVIEWS. They will be contacted by the festival team in April 2018 to book two 30-minute reviews with 2 jury members. To take part in the REVIEWS, they have to be in Kassel on 31 May 2018 (Festival opening day) and pay a € 60.00 fee.

See the detailed Terms and Conditions of the 2018 KASSEL DUMMY AWARD + REVIEWS here.



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Hugo Alcol (Spain) »Archipiélago«
This enigmatic book is both a puzzle and a delight at the same time. As the photos show anything from a Spanish social event, to a weird woman with a rabbit and a dead rat floating upside down in a green pool. Although difficult to quite see what is going on, we are constantly drawn back in to try and understand the narrative and we are wanting to come back for another view. It gets under our skin, and that is a rare attribute.
Martin Parr

Hugo Alcol



Zeynep Kayan (Turkey) »Untitled«
Enigmatic images and a tight edit of repetitive motifs combine to make a rich puzzle of a book. The jury all liked this book without being able to say why, and that’s a compliment.
Jason Fulford

Zeynep Kayan



Hannes Wiedemann (Germany) »Grinders«
We were all both fascinated and disgusted by Grinders, ‘an encounter with DIY cyborgs’ by Hannes Wiedemann. There is something absolutely repulsive and yet current and relevant about this community of ‘body-hackers’ who perform the somewhat disturbing ritual of implanting devices and gadgets into their human body. Wiedmann portrays body-hacking by mingling an almost surgical distance with a visceral approach and he does it with great balance, blissfully staying out of poignancy and judgment. A disquieting feeling of cyborg lust is perceivable on the few faces that appear in the dummy. I once met a very talented artist affected by schizophrenia who believed the government had implanted a microchip under his skin to spy on his subversive life, as he had been part of an extremely leftist movement during the Italian Years of Lead. Who would have thought that what can be seen as the paranoia of a problematic activist artist of the 1970s could become, decades after, a real fetishistic ritual of people who take pleasure in having a mechanical or electronic device embedded in their body?
Federica Chiocchetti

Hannes Wiedemann


Federica Chiocchetti (Photocaptionist.com, London)
Martin Parr (Magnumphotos, Bristol)
Andrea Schmidt (Verlag Kettler, Dortmund)
Jason Fulford (J+L Books, Ney York)
Aron Mörel (Mörel Books, London)
Markus Schaden (The PhotoBookMuseum, Cologne)
Dieter Neubert (Fotobookfestival, Kassel)


Federica Chiocchetti (Photocaptionist.com)
Eva-Maria Kunz (ceiba editions, ceibaeditions.com)
Andrea Schmidt (Verlag Kettler, Dortmund)
Jeffrey Ladd (Photographer, Cologne)
Markus Schaden (The PhotoBookMuseum, Cologne)
Dieter Neubert (Fotobookfestival, Kassel)


    • Felix Adler (Germany) »Paule«
    • Hugo Alcol (Spain) »Archipiélago«
    • Monique Atherton (USA) »First Avenue«
    • Özgür Atlagan (Turkey) »shovel-eye«
    • Marina Berio (USA) »The space in the mind in the body in the space«
    • Stephan Bögel (Germany) »Scenic Utah«
    • Haishu Chen (China) »Zona Rossa«
    • Kenji Chiga (Japan) »bird,night,and then?«
    • Kenji Chiga (Japan) »happn?«
    • Ivan Clemente (Spain) »H«
    • Jose Luis Cuevas (Mexico) »Observaciones sobre la resistencia de los cuerpos«
    • Collettivo DAV (Italy) »Tara, il fiume dei miracoli«
    • Sigrid Ehemann (Germany) »Bruno Is a Celebrity«
    • Vika Eksta (Latvia) »Dievs Daba Darbs«
    • Keiji Fujimoto (Japan) »Forget-me-not«
    • Andi Galdi Vinko (Hungary) »Paradisco«
    • Mario C. Girela (Spain) »The Roots and the Ruins«
    • Elodie Grethen (France) »Tokyo Stories«
    • Tom Griggs & Paul Kwiatkowski (USA) »Ghost Guessed«
    • Ilyas Hajji (Russia) »Anti/terror«
    • Miki Hasegawa (Japan) »Internal Notebook«
    • Maki Hayashida (Japan) »The Odyssey«
    • Tomota Ikawa (Japan) »Yureru«
    • Zeynep Kayan (Turkey) »untitled«
    • Alex Kemman (The Netherlands) »Whispers of War«
    • Ludmila Ketslakh (USA) »Uncertainty of Being«
    • Blair Kitchener (New Zealand) »Duplex City«
    • David Klammer (Germany) »Good Morning Auroville«
    • Eva Krampen Kosloski (Italy) »3 Agosto 1944«
    • Olga Kravets, Maria Morina, Oksana Yushko (Russia) »Grozny: Nine Cities«
    • Karsten Kronas (Germany) »Searching for Mr. X«
    • Ikuru Kuwajima (Japan/Russia) »I, Oblomov«
    • Rony Maltz (Brazil) »Riocities«
    • Giulia Mangione (Italy) »The Happy Show«
    • Alix Marie (France) »Bleu«
    • Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan) »Guru Guru ~My Transmigration~«
    • Mark McGuinness (Ireland) »Dreaming of Figure Eights«
    • Anne Müchler & Nico Schmitz (Germany) »Encounter — Truth Construction«
    • Antonio Perez Rio (Spain) »Louvre – Art Guide for Cyborgs«
    • Torsten Schumann (Germany) »Off Keel«
    • Francesca Romana Semerano (Italy) »Tessuti Toniù«
    • Luca Spano (Italy) »Looking for the North«
    • Malgorzata Stankiewicz (Poland) »cry of an echo«
    • Nicole Strasser (Germany) »Ans Meer!«
    • Mayumi Suzuki (Japan) »The Restoration Will«
    • Hiro Tanaka (Japan) »Chicharron«
    • Ishan Tankha (India) »A Peal of Spring Thunder«
    • Karan Vaid (India) »The Indian Dog Show«
    • Hannes Wiedemann (Germany) »Grinders«

“Edit drives sequence drives layout drives form and material, all based on a strong and personal WHY”
After having seen many book and dummy submissions to European festivals over the past years, I was very much looking forward to be part of the Kassel Dummy Award shortlist jury. I would get to see ALL the entries, not just the long/shortlists as usual. And I would be able to exchange thoughts with my fellow jury members, sharing the responsibility, which I did feel heavily. Behind each dummy submitted there is someone who has put in work, thought, time, energy and money, who has done their best, this deserves all our respect. My first impression was, peeking into the boxes, that more than a dummy I’d get to look at a book. Very few had a dummy feel, from the outside many looked and felt like already published trade edition books. Having to go through 7 big and full boxes, making sure that each of us was looking at every entry, many longer texts were left unread, at least by me. I soon stopped worrying about the manufacture in regard to content. Knowing enough about book production I was able to imagine how eventual changes could enhance the content where needed. So my focus was very much on this aspect: the content. Did, what I was seeing, surprise me, make me laugh, make me feel, make me react in a strong way? Did I see something new, from a different view point? The question we’d go back to was: does the author have to tell something? Why should this body of work become a book, and then – why the kind of book they had submitted? I felt many dummies would benefit from a tighter edit, a different sequence, which would maybe lead to different design choices. Self publishing and/or making a dummy does not mean it has to be done all by oneself. A photographer, being a photographer, has the duty to tell her/his story, with strong convincing content. Others can help with the form, that being their job. I’d urge them to take advantage of this, it really helps. Being a juror is a challenge and a huge responsibility. Being in a group jury is great, each one has a different perspective, a different taste, a different knowledge. While I alone wouldn’t have selected all the shortlisted dummies, most of my picks are in, and I can appreciate the value others see in their picks. Winners or not, these shortlisted dummies will travel and be seen by many people, that’s a great opportunity.

To those who haven’t made it, I hope that what I’ve written does help a little bit. Please keep on working, dig deeper and deeper, and have fun.

Eva-Maria Kunz, ceiba editions

The 2017 shortlisted dummies have been exhibited at:
Istanbul, Photobook Festival 28-30 April
Dublin, Photoireland 1-31 May
Moscow, Photobookfest 11-21 May
Lodz, Fotofestiwal 30 May to 12 June
Rome, Fotoleggendo 16 June to 2 July
Aarhus, Photobook Week 21 – 24 September
Zagreb, Organvida festival 7 – 24 September
Madrid, IED 3. – 13. November

Istanbul Photobook Festival:

Moscow Photobookfest:

Lodz Fotofestiwal:

Organvida Festival Zagreb:

IED Madrid:

Madrid, Spain


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The winning books:


Mathieu Asselin »Monsanto, a photographic investigation«

Chosen unanimously by the jury, Monsanto offers amazing photographic insight into the past and present of the chemicals and plastics corporation. The book combines archival materials from the company with a range of portraits and landscapes directly affected by the environmental consequences of industrial production. The relevance of the topic is presented in a perfect package of photography, design and text. A rational kind of protest book, a true winner.

Ruben Lundgren / Jury

Mathieu Asselin



Hiroshi Okamoto »Recruit«

In Recruit we follow the job-hunting experience of one of the 500,000 students graduating in Japan every year. The photographs are cleverly enhanced with typed-in text messages, emails and advertising materials. Thank you for your application, you got the job!

Ruben Lundgren / Jury

Hiroshi Okamoto



Zhang Lijie »Midnight Tweedle«

Zhang gives a portrait of contemporary Chinese society linked to her own past. She combines her documentary work with old images from her personal photo albums and images found on the web. The playful design makes the book a real page-turner.

Ruben Lundgren / Jury

Zhang Lijie



Tomasz Laczny »40«

The sense of belonging and the issue of identity are at the base of this beautifully conceived book on the Saharawi, an exiled people living in the Saaharian desert and waiting 40 years to go back home. It was constructed as a journal but it has an acute intensity of a novel. We experience the building up of a highly intense emotional story but it is never entirely disclosed and one that we will never know the ending. By presenting images that range from a harsh reality of everyday life to satellite photos we become aware of its fragile existence as if suspended in a non place in this world. It makes us fully aware of what indifference towards others makes of us.

Claudia Jaguaribe / Jury

Tomasz Laczny


Claudia Jaguaribe (Photographer, Publisher, Sao Paulo)
Ruben Lundgren (Artist, WassinkLundgren, Beijing)
Rong Rong (Artist, Director and Founder of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing)
Chen Shen (Curator, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing)
Guy Tillim (Photographer, Capetown)
Sybren Kuiper (Book Designer, The Hague)
Pierre Bessard (Publisher, Èditions Bessard, Paris)
Richard Reisen (Verlag Kettler, k-books, Cologne)



The Fotobookfestival Kassel invites every year all photographers to present their so-far unpublished* photobooks to an international public and to eminent experts. In 2016 we have got 476 boook dummies from 51 countries. Our shortlist-jury selected the best 52 books. These will be exhibited at international photo events*. From these 52 titles, 3 winners will be chosen by an international jury of experts during the 8. Fotobookfestival Kassel at the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing. The winner of the First Prize will be given the opportunity to realize their dummy as a »real« book in cooperation with our production partner, Verlag Kettler, Germany. 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.

*All shortlisted books have been exhibited at the following photo events:

8. Fotobookfestival Kassel / Beijing : 11 June – 3 July
Fotoleggendo, Rome : 10-26 June
PhotoIreland, Dublin : 1-31 July
Fotogalleriet, Oslo : 8-14 September
Organ Vida Festival, Zagreb : 13-21 September
Encontros da Imagem, Braga : 21 September – 5 November
Photobook Week Aarhus, Galleri Image : 29 September – 9 October
IED, Madrid : End of 2016
Format Festival, Derby : 23 March – 23 April, 2017


Eva Gravayat (Curator, Berlin)
Klara Källström (B-B-B-Books, Stockholm)Thobias Fäldt (B-B-B-Books, Stockholm)
Jeffrey Ladd (Photographer, Cologne)
Frederic Lezmi (Photographer, ThePhotoBookMuseum, Cologne)
Markus Schaden (The PhotoBookMuseum, Cologne)
Richard Reisen (Verlag Kettler, k-books, Bönen)
Dieter Neubert (Fotobookfestival, Kassel)


      • Rita Alaoui & Anna-Sabina Zürrer (CH) »The Alphabet Connection«
      • Mathieu Asselin (US) »Monsanto A Photographic Investigation«
      • Anna Bauer (DE) »Welcome to UkrEuRu. Die mediale (De-)Konstruktion der Krise«
      • Valentino Bellini & Eileen Quinn (IT) »Limbo«
      • Caroline Böttcher (DE) »Mont Klamott, Berliner Trümmerberge«
      • Fabiola Cedillo (EC) »Los mundos de TITA«
      • Flaminia Celata (IT) »Olivier«
      • Wenjun Chen & Yanmei Jiang (CN) »Me and Me«
      • Martin Cregg (IE) »Midlands«
      • Sebastien Cuvelier (LU) »Eunma Town«
      • Robin Dahlberg (US) »Billable Hours in 6-Minute Increments«
      • Dusan Djordjevic (RS) »SIV-TIME CAPSULE«
      • Jolanta Dolewska (GB) »Reservoir«
      • Julie Glassberg (FR) »Bike Kill«
      • Pedro Guimaraes (PT) »How To Fly«
      • Kai-Uwe Gundlach (DE) »The One On The Right Is On The Left«
      • Stefan Hammer (DE) »Mao’s Paradise«
      • Caro Hutchings (GB) »Democratic Landscape«
      • Lena Jakubčáková (SK) »In Seclusion / File 44«
      • Korhan Karaoysal (TR) »ReasonPurpose«
      • Ines Könitz (DE) »Eleganza in movimento«
      • Peter Kreibich (DE) »For Sale«
      • Peter Kreibich (DE) »Sarajevo Fragments«
      • Anna Krieps (DE) »Blazar«
      • Ikuru Kuwajima (RU) »Volga After Volga«
      • Quentin Lacombe (CH) »Released from Jail«
      • Tomasz Laczny (GB) »40«
      • Dieter De Lathauwer (BE) »I loved my wife (killing children is good for the economy)«
      • Marco Leitermann (DE) »Joseph aka Sepp«
      • Kristina Lenz (DE) »Don’t touch me I’m full of Snakes«
      • Francois Marmion (GB) »Bloody Holiday«
      • Lucie Marsmann (DE) »Ulla & Willi«
      • Mi-Yeon Mi-Yeon (JP) »I and Thou«
      • Nikola Mihov (BG) »Hello and Welcome to Paris«
      • Linda Nau (DE) »Nur zum Meer ist es ein wenig weit«
      • Hiroshi Okamoto (JP) »Recruit«
      • Liz Orton (GB) »A Handful of Soil for the Whole Horizon«
      • Gloria Oyarzabal (ES) »La Picnolepsia de Tshombé«
      • Melina Papageorgiou (DE) »Burkini«
      • Kristine Potter (US) »Manifest«
      • Caio Reisewitz (BR) »Naufragio«
      • Sara Sallam (EG) »The Invisible: Faith as a Phenomenon«
      • David Schikora (DE) »No Tips No Show«
      • Linn Phyllis Seeger (DE) »I’ll tell you about it because I am here and you are distant«
      • Nishant Shukla (IN) »Seeking Moksha«
      • Alnis Stakle (LV) »Melancholic Road«
      • Miriam Stanke (DE) »And the Mountain said to Munzur: You, River of my Tears«
      • Marco Tiberio (IT) »Immo Refugee«
      • Katja Vogel (DE) »Wirrungen & Willkür«
      • Xiaoxiao Xu (NL) »Orim Oil«
      • Ksenia Yurkova (RU) »Empty Expectations«
      • Lijie Zhang (CN) »Midnight Tweedle«

“Judging a book by its cover, its content, its design, its craft, its sophistication, its necessity, its (Fill in the blank) .”

By Jeffrey Ladd

For the last three years I have been asked to be one of the eight judges on the ‘pre-jury’ for the Kassel Photobook Festival. As a pre-jury we narrow down the hundreds of submissions to the Kassel Dummy Award to around 50. This year over 470 entries filled nine tightly packed, large grey shipping containers. The odds of inclusion into the final selection were not promising – only one out of every ten books. The process takes hours. Each jury member must look at every entry and must make a judgment. This is the most difficult aspect for me personally as I recognize that every book, no matter of its ability to fulfill my criteria of what a “noteworthy book” comprises, comes from a person who has hopes, passion and felt they had something important to say to an audience through their book.
The title of this short introduction basically encompasses what the judges must face and decide, often in a very short time. The process can seem, even to judges, unfair and imperfect. Perhaps it is, as it is impossible to ‘read’ every submission completely and grasp everything the artist wanted to pack into their books. There is certainly nuance and meaning, important texts left unread and intended metaphor left unnoticed in this process. Each judge has their own approach and criteria, all formed by subjectivity. Mine starts with the photography and extends outward to the book form. Other jurors lean towards the book form and forgive weaker photography in favor of object. For me it is a delicate balance, the photography must dictate the form and in turn, the form dictates the content. The lingering question for me is always – Is this necessary? Do I feel I would be compelled to pick this book up more than just once or is it simply the photobook equivalent of an enjoyable one-night stand? Flashy design or intricate bindings are not necessarily better entries. The polished, finished-looking book that ‘could easily be sitting in a bookstore’ is also not necessarily the best entry. (Many jurors actually remark on the lack of entries that feel made by hand and still “in process.” Book dummies, after all, are traditionally the closest translation of an idea and not often the final object.) For books that have elaborate wrapping requiring the juror to first spend valuable time to get to the first image, I give one bit of advice; the wrapping itself had better prove to be important to the content. Otherwise that silk-wrapped, twine-tied, clam-shelled, AND slip-cased jury time waster (actual term) can actually damage the impression you think you are improving.
Being exposed to so many books, one can see many interesting overlaps between practices. For instance, I was delighted to see a few books trying to address planes and flight; a couple others addressed space exploration using appropriated material; one strong ‘trend’ (for lack of a better term) is the use of archive material to build stories interspaced with the author’s photography; three books by coincidence, by three different artists, acted as ‘flipbooks’ enlarging single digital images until they broke apart into pixels; two different artists used a Xerox machine to break images apart into black and white smudges; many books addressed the plight of war and the refugee experience; and of course, there were a large number of ‘stream of consciousness’ books, personal and with purposely disjointed narratives. One juror also made the surprising observation that a great number of the books had no photography on their covers at all.
In the end, year after year, the most surprising aspect of this competition and the selection process is; when the final 50 books are spread out on the long jury table they always seemed full and representative. I don’t agree with all of the selections and I certainly fought for books which didn’t make the cut against the inclusion of others, but what lays before you is a large tapestry of ideas, stories and experience made into physical objects – objects whose individual presence may potentially change what you thought you knew of your world.


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Jan McCullough »Home Instruction Manual«

The dummy book Home Instruction Manual entered in the competition by Jan McCullough is a real discovery in 2015. Jan is a photographer from Belfast with a weak spot for manuals, books that tell you how to do things. For this project she searched the internet for tips on how to build your perfect home. After collecting all the tips, Jan rented a house and followed all the instructions given to her. She photographed the end result; a home with a forced personality. Something you can’t say about Jan McCullough, a natural talent to watch out for.

Erik Kessels

Jan McCullough



Kumiko Motoki »White Fang«

Kumiko Motokis’s White Fang was for me perhaps the most exciting book dummy submitted to this year’s Kassel Fotobookfestival. Based on an actual dog fight that took place in Aomori in Northern Japan in early 2014, this slim soft-cover publication moves cleverly between colour and black-and-white imagery: colour for the build-up before the event; black and white for the fight scenes; colour for the brutal outcome. Varying between formal, straight-up portraiture, and Antoine D’Agataesque blurred imagery, along with well-placed inserts on the history of dog fighting in Japan — which is only banned in some areas across the country — this book perfectly manages to walk the fine line between the gruesomeness of this ancient and brutal practice and the well-crafted aesthetic of a modern-day photo book.

Curt Holtz, Prestel Publishing

Komiko Motoki



Oliver Blobel »Amateure«

Oliver Blobel’s book on German amateur camera clubs is both a funny and illuminating body of work. Taking a subject matter that I have never seen explored before , he shows the club outings, the print competitions being judged and studio sessions of these camera enthusiasts. This is photography at it’s best, where an apparently boring subject is turned into a hilarious and yet very dry set of photos.

Martin Parr

Oliver Blobel



Gabriele Franziska Goetz (Professor for Visual Communication at the University Kassel, Amsterdam)
Erik Kessels (Artist, Curator, Publisher Kesselskramer Publishing, Amsterdam)
Curt Holtz (Publisher, Prestel Publishing, Munich)
Andreas Müller-Pohle (Artist, Publisher, European Photography, Berlin)
Markus Schaden (The PhotoBookMuseum, Cologne)
Martin Parr (Photographer, Bristol)
Richard Reisen (Verlag Kettler, k-books, Cologne)


    • Christoph Bangert (DE) »hello camel«
    • Mary Ellen Bartley (US) »Reading Robert Wilson«
    • Uwe Bedenbecker (DE) »Dialectics of Nature«
    • Diogo Bento & Jorge Almeida (PT) »Journey [1]«
    • Oliver Blobel (DE) »Amateure – Liebhaber der Fotografie«
    • Julia Borissova (RU) »Address«
    • Federico Ciamei (IT) »Travel Without Moving«
    • Matthew Connors (US) »General Assembly«
    • Marian Coppieters (BE) »While your heart sleeps in your chest, my sleeve is pounding loud«
    • Mauro Corinti (IT) »Rhapsody«
    • Annelies de Mey (BE) »One Eye Two Legs No Journey«
    • Sigrid Ehemann (DE) »I Want Pink. The Perfect Manual to Sakura«
    • Max Eicke (DE) »Dominas«
    • Kathrin Esser (DE) »Strömby«
    • Yoshikatsu Fujii (JP) »Incipient Strangers«
    • Baptiste Giroudon (FR) »Study on the Nature of a Variable Geometry«
    • Aras Gökten (DE) »Arkanum«
    • Alexander Hagmann (DE) »Korpus«
    • Lucy Helton (GB) »Actions of Consequence«
    • Thomas Locke Hobbs (US) »I know at a glance«
    • Jannis Keil (DE) »Wie Weissrussland nur besser«
    • Karina-Sirkku Kurz (DE) »Ungleichgewicht«
    • Lucy Levene (GB) »The Spaghetti Tree«
    • Aisling McCoy (IE) »The Radiant City«
    • Jan McCullough (GB) »Home Instruction Manual«
    • Eldad Menuchin (IL) »Concrete«
    • Philipp Meuser (DE) »Kadosh«
    • Kumiko Motoki (JP) »White Fang«
    • Steven Nestor (IE) »Bellum Et Pax«
    • Civan Özkanoglu (DE) »Was In Person«
    • Louie Palu (CA) »Guantanamo Operational Security Review«
    • Irina Popova (NL) »Bijlmer: Atlas of People and Birds«
    • Lena-Franziska Posch (DE) »Modern Superheroes«
    • Constance Proux & Philippine Proux (BE) »Akkar«
    • Caio Reisewitz (BR) »Altamira«
    • Lea Ricking (DE) »Schwester Eva Maria I Marianne«
    • Paula Roush (GB) »Nothing to Undo«
    • Miti Ruangkritya (TH) »Politics no. 3«
    • Daniel Rupp (DE) »Elisabeth«
    • David Schikora (DE) »Autolose Reifen in der Ukraine«
    • Thea Schneider (DE) »E38-15 Tagebuch einer Expedition«
    • Juli Sing (DE) »Something Is There, At Least in a Mathematical Sense«
    • Frank Sperling (DE) »Wolfsmühle«
    • Jannike Stelling (DE) »Mormor«
    • Reka Szent-Ivanyi (HU) »There´s Nothing Wrong with That«
    • Lorenzo Tricoli (IT) »Le Avventure De Pinocchio«
    • Kristin Trüb (DE) »Letzte Generation Ost«
    • Kathrin Tschirner (DE) »Kurfürstenstraße«
    • Margot Wallard (SE) »Natten«
    • Graeme Williams (ZA) »The Europeans«

The 2015 shortlisted dummies have been exhibited at:
7. Fotobookfestival Kassel : 4-7 Juni
Fotoleggendo, Rom : 5-27 June
IED, Madrid : 10-19 June
PhotoIreland, Dublin : 1-31 July
Kaunas Photo Festival : 1-6 September
Fotogalleriet, Oslo : 11-20 September
Encontros da Imagem, Braga : 15 September – 21 October
Fotobok Götheborg : 24-27 September
Photobook Week Aarhus, Galleri Image : 8-11 October
FotoIstanbul : 9 Oktober – 8 November

Encontros da Imagem, Braga: Sept 15-31

Fotobok Gbg 15, Göteborg: Sept 24-27

Göteborg, Sweden


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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



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



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



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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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



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.




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.




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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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.




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



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.




        • 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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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



Mayra Martell »Ciudad Juarez«

Ciudad Juarez



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

AZIS’ – Mann-männliche Prostitution in Dortmund




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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.




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.




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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