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A total of 226 books from 32 countries were submitted for the KASSEL DUMMY AWARD 2022.
We would like to thank all participants for the consistently outstanding quality of their work!

The shortlist selection resulted in 52 photobooks.


Kathleen Alisch

Julia Autz

Bebe Blanco Agterberg

Angelo Bonetti

Nico Buurman

Vitor Casemiro

Alessandro Cirillo

Marcello Coslovi

Barbara Debeuckelaere

Steffi Drerup

Florian Dürkopp

Tobias Eineder

Frederike Finster

Anna Fritsche

Jakob Ganslmeier

Uta Genilke

Doğa Deniz Gönüllü

Leonie Lisette Göttling

Francesca Bonesio and Nicolas Guiraud

Caroline Heinecke

Thu Hien Hoang

Isabell Hoffmann

Mads Holm

Nikolaos Kachrimanis

Ilkay Karakurt

Yura Kolomiets

Jan Ladwig

Jana Mai

Helena Manhartsberger

Dillon Marsh

Corinna Mehl

Victor Mortales

Alberto Moretti

Eliot Nasrallah

Steven Natusch

Kanta Nomura

Melina Papageorgiou

Peter Pflügler

Rahier Pierre

Franziska Rieder

Polina Rukavichkina

Chris Shaw

Nick Somers

Anna Strand

Johann Süßebecker

Bente Tas


Lou-Lou van Staaveren

Tim Wagner

Stefan Weger

Martina Zaninelli

Linda Zhengová


We are pleased to introduce this year’s shortlist jury.

Natasha Christia  | Curator, Writer and Educator, Barcelona
Natasha Christia is an unaffiliated curator, writer and educator based in Barcelona. She was the artistic director of the fourth edition of DocField Documentary Photography Festival 2016. She has curated various exhibitions and regularly contributes essays on photography criticism for international publications and for artists. In 2019, she edited with Lukas Birk (Fraglich Publishing) on Gülistan (winner of the PHotoEspaña Best Photobook Award 2019, International Category).

Thekla Ehling  |  Photographer, Founding Member of The PhotoBookMuseum, Cologne
Thekla Ehling is a trained bookbinder and studied photography in Germany and Ireland. Her photo books ‘Sommerherz’ and ‘Vergizsmeinnicht’ have been published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg. She works for magazines nationally and internationally and is represented by Galerie Robert Morat , and Galerie Clair by Kahn. In 2014, she co-founded The PhotoBookMuseum in Cologne. Since 2017 she has been a lecturer, on the subject of photo books, at the universities in Hannover and Dortmund.

Sinem Disli  | Photographer, New York
Sinem Dişli is a photographer from Turkey living in New York. Beside several solo exhibitions her work was also shown internationally in numerous group exhibitions such as A Pillar of Smoke (The Rencontres d’Arles, 2018), You Are What You Eat (Krakow Photo Month, 2019). She was featured as one of the “7 Promising Photographers to Watch at At Arles Festival” by The New York Times in 2018, and was nominated for The Prix Pictet Award in 2019.

João Linneu  | Co-Founder of VOID Publishing House, Reykjavík
Brazilian born, based in Reykjavík, João Linneu (1978) is the co-founder of Void, an independent publishing house focused on photography books, established in 2016. Graduated in Communication, he worked for more than 20 years as Art Director, Head of Art and Creative Director in several advertising agencies in São Paulo and London. He was awarded prestigious advertising and design awards such as the D&AD, Cannes Lions, One Show, and Clio.

Frederic Lezmi  |  Photographer and Editor, The PhotoBookMuseum, Cologne
Frederic Lezmi (*1978) is a photographer, editor and book-designer. He studied visual communication at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and fine arts at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut, Lebanon. From 2012 to 2015 he lived in Istanbul. Lezmi regularly gives photobook workshops in Germany and abroad (Arles, Istanbul, Ankara, Dhaka) and is a lecturer for photography and book design. He is a founding member and chief curator of the PhotoBookMuseum in Cologne.

Ufuk Sahin  |  Printer and Publisher, MASMAT, Istanbul
Ufuk Şahin studied photography at Hofstra University, NY. Since 2007, he has been part of the core team at MAS as the second-generation manager and partner. In 2010, he founded MASA, a publishing house specializing in facsimiles, photobooks and art-books; which has since published more than 30 books. He is a jury member in the Kassel Photobook Festival Dummy Competition. He is also a photography enthusiast and an avid photobook collector.


Exhibitions planned so far:
(Details to be announced soon)

The PhotoBookMuseum
Cologne, Germany
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Organ Vida International Photography Festival
Zagreb, Croatia
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Photobook Week Aarhus
Aarhus, Denmark

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Fotograf Festival
Prague, Czech Republic
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NOKS Art Space
Istanbul Photobook Festival

Istanbul, Turkey
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Dublin, Ireland

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Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Singapore International Photography Festival
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Fotopia Collective Festival
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Officine Fotografiche Roma
Rome, Italy
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RAW Phototriennale
Worpswede, Germany
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