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The visitors of the festival have been selected their favourite books of the last year:

2. TOSHITHUGU YAMAWAKI »Dual I & II« (Just one vote behind »The Pigs«)

Cäcilia Zöller (Nominator) about her choice »The Pigs«:
The acronym PIGS is used to refer to Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain during their current sovereign debt crisis. Spottorno seizes on the derogatory connotation of the term PIGS and illustrates the situation in these countries the way he imagines the economists would see it. The result is a portrait of decline – one-sided, stereotyped. The design emphasizes the point of view, as it is identical to that of »The Economist« – in terms of size and even paper. Simple in form, complex in content, The Pigs raises questions and forces critical analysis. That´s why I like it.

Markus Schaden (Nominator) about his choice »The Pigs«:
Arles, summer 2013. I had a feeling I might have overlooked something vital. To put it differently: After five hours and more than 500 photobooks, I had dismissed this magazine-like object with the red PIGS logo maybe a bit too soon, by putting it on the ›not shortlisted‹ stack. The afternoon heat in Arles played a part as well. There was just an awful lot of paper to evaluate… That evening, my jury colleague Agnes Sire and I talked about the overall impression. Much good work, but not a single photobook that really stirred up my blood. That came only when Frederic Lezmi brought me an example of PIGS two weeks later, once again in Arles. »Did you manage to see THIS, it’s brilliant, isn’t it?« It was fantastic, and worse, it was worthy of the first prize at Arles. »Sorry!« I wrote to Carlos Spottorno later. It can happen, but PIGS will forge ahead regardless. Convincing in every way. Just a terrific piece.

Frederic Lezmi (Nominator) about his choice »The Pigs«:
When Carlos Spottorno showed me his new photo book, THE PIGS, in Arles, it was love at first sight. In it Spottorno combines everything a good photo book needs to have: strong and powerful images, a clever concept as well as a stringent design and execution. Working on an actual and difficult topic to photograph – the financial crisis in the south of Europe – he found the perfect form: a satirical comment. The book, or rather the magazine, comes as a replica of the financial newspaper »The Economist« and makes fun of the awkward acronym THE PIGS, which stands for Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain. It is designed in the same way and printed on the same paper as the original it refers to. Apart from the clever design, it is the photography that especially strikes me. They are satirical punches, playing with clichés and visual expectations. Subtle but pointed, it is a self-reflected comment by a great and intelligent Spanish photographer. Bravo!

Clément Kauter (Nominator) about his chooice »DUAL I & II«:
This book was fully conceived and produced by the author. This handmade production is incredible: The cover is built out of a kind of cardboard painted white. The binding is also handmade. The pages are sewn together and glued to the binding. The printing process is fantastic: it is a digital process print on a special Japanese paper (the pages are double). When you look at your shelves, it doesn‘t just look like any other book. DUAL I & II show an opposition between two pictures; as a diptych, you are simply impressed at first glance by each picture, but when you begin to find the associations between them, you are really stunned. Because the author uses a lot of different visual codes (form, color, position, dream) to create this duality, he in fact wants the pictures to exist in a complementary manner. These images result from some 30 years of travel and photography, collected and gathered as a real image-bank that everybody has in their own memory. This book could be a nice tool for students who want to learn about layout, or just to train their eye.

The festival 2013 presented the Photobook Award 2013 with prominent nominations of the best photobooks of the previous year, selected by a jury comprising renowned photography experts from around the world. Each expert chooses his or her own favourite book. The awarded books have been exhibited during the festival. There will also be a catalogue and a e-catalogue that presents all books available soon.

Gerry Badger: Lieko Shiga »Rasen Kaigan«
Daniel Boetker-Smith: Louis Porter »Conflict Resolution«
Iatã Cannabrava: Miguel Rio Branco »Você Está Feliz«
Christophe Crison: Tamiko Nishimura »Eternal Chase«
Julieta Escardó: Raúl Gómez | Rodrigo Gomez-Rovira »Repertoire«
Atsushi Fujiwara: Yoshiichi Hara »Tokoyo no Mushi«
Sawako Fukai: Stephen Gill »Coexistence«
Ángel Luis González: Paul Gaffney »We Make the Path by Walking«
Jacqueline Hassink: Edmund Clark »Control Order House«
Sebastian Arthur Hau: Lieko Shiga »Rasen Kaigan«
Takashi Homma: Ed Ruscha »Ed Ruscha and Some Los Angeles Apartments«
Clément Kauter: Toshithugu Yamawaki »Dual I & II«
Hester Kejser: Paul Kooiker »Heaven«
Erik Kessels: Jan Dirk van der Burg »Censorship Daily. Netherlands – Iran«
Onaka Koji: Hiro Tanaka »Dew Dew, Dew Its«
Russet Lederman: Shomei Tomatsu »Photographs 1951-2000«
Frederic Lezmi: Carlos Spottorno »The Pigs«
Lu Liqing: Ken Kitano »Our Face: Asia«
Satoshi Machiguchi: Daido Moriyama »View from the Laboratory«
Thomas Mailaender: Thomas Sauvin »Silvermine«
Tomoki Matsumoto: Antoine d’Agata »Anticorps«
Alessandra Mauro: Alessandro Imbriaco »The Garden«
Aron Koriech Morel: Antony Cairns »LDN2«
Martin Parr: Max Pinckers »Fourth Wall«
Mark Pearson: Jin Ohashi »Surrended Myself to the Chair of Life«
André Principe: Sakiko Nomura »Nude / A Room / Flowers«
Rui Ribeiral: Mike Brodie »A Period of Juvenile Prosperity«
Markus Schaden: Carlos Spottorno »The Pigs«
Ken Schles: Bryan Graf »Wildlife Analysis«
Mary Virginia Swanson: Michael Berman »Gila«
Aya Takada: Tamiko Nishimura »Eternal Chase«
Olga Yatskevich: Peter Dekens »Touch«
Cäcilia Zöller: Carlos Spottorno »The Pigs«
Wolfgang Zurborn: David Alan Harvey »(based on a true story)«


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