RPS Hundred Heroine Zanele Muholi wins at Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2019

17 May 2019


The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has announced the winners of the 2019 Best Photography and Best Moving Image Book Awards, which celebrate outstanding and innovative publications within these fields published in the previous year and available in the UK. 

RPS Hundred Heroine Zanele Muholi has won the Kraszna-Krausz Best Photography Book Award 2019 and Jane Giles is the recipient of the Best Moving Image Book Award 2019. The prize of £10,000 has been split between both categories.

Zanele Muholi has been awarded the Best Photography Book Award 2019 for their striking monograph Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness produced by Aperture. After entering the world stage in the early 2000’s, Zanele has come to the forefront of public attention, particularly in the past weeks with work on display in Ralph Rugoff’s main show at the 58th Venice Biennale, and an announcement this week that they will be exhibiting at Tate Modern in 2020. Zanele’s Kraszna-Krausz Foundation awarded publication presents a series of bold self-portraits that are timely and relevant statements on race, gender and identity.

Jane Giles is named the winner of the Best Moving Image Book Award 2019 for her book Scala Cinema 1978 – 1993 produced by independent publisher FAB Press and made possible by crowdfunding. Giles first started going to London’s Scala Cinema at the age of 17 and went on to become the Programme Manager. The book is a monument to the cinema, with a richly researched account of what it was like to run the place month-in month-out as well as a reflection on the wider social history of the time through the prism of film programming.

Laia Abril, another Hundred Heroines recipient, was also shortlisted for her book On Abortion.

2019 Best Photography Book Award (Longlist):

Shortlist: On Abortion by Laia Abril (Dewi Lewis Publishing)

Dawoud Bey: Seeing Deeply by Dawoud Bey (University of Texas Press)

An Act of Unspeakable Violence by Matthias Bruggmann (Editions Xavier Barral)

Masahisa Fukase by Masahisa Fukase and Tomo Kosuga (Editions Xavier Barral)

Shortlist : Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph, Photographs by Deana Lawson


Caspian: The Elements by Chloe Dewe Mathews (Aperture)

Winner: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness by Zanele Muholi (Aperture)

Sun Gardens: Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins by Larry J. Schaaf (Prestel)

Drowned River by Mark Klett, Byron Wolfe, Rebecca Solnit (Radius Books)

Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train, The People’s View by Rein Jelle Terpstra (Fw:Books)

One Wall a Web by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa (Roma Publications)


Best Moving Image Book Award (Longlist):

Shortlist: Hollywood by Hollywood: The Backstudio Picture and the Mystique of Making

Movies by Steven Cohan (Oxford University Press USA)

Images of Dutchness by Sarah Dellmann (Amsterdam University Press)

Shortlist: Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene by Jennifer Fay

(Oxford University Press USA)

The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema by Giovanna Fossati, Victoria

Jackson, Bregt Lameris, Elif Rongen-Kaynakci, Sarah Street, Joshua Yumibe (eds.)

(Amsterdam University Press)

Winner: Scala Cinema: 1978 – 1993 by Jane Giles (FAB Press)

Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes by Maggie Hennefeld (Columbia

University Press)

William Kentridge: Process as Metaphor and Other Doubtful Enterprises by Leora Maltz-Leca

(University of California Press)

The Birth of the American Horror Film by Gary D. Rhodes (Edinburgh University Press)

3D: Double Vision by Britt Salvesen (Prestel)

Books and Films by Jakob Tuggener (Steidl)


About Andor Kraszna-Krausz (1904-1989)

Andor Kraszna-Krausz (KK to his friends) was born in Hungary in 1904. After studying photography and cinematography at Munich University he began his publishing career in Germany in 1925 as the editor of Filmtechnik magazine. In 1937 he emigrated to Britain to escape the political tensions of continental Europe and a year later founded Focal Press, an influential specialist publishing house for books on photography. Focal Press publications were an immediate success, gaining a reputation for clear yet authoritative text and illustrations. During KK’s lifetime Focal Press published 1,200 books. It remains a prominent imprint for books about photography, film and television. Following his death in 1989, Kraszna-Krausz’s estate became the Foundation which now bears his name.


Website: www.kraszna-krausz.org.uk


Picture copyright: Zanele Muholi, Phindile I, Paris, 2014; from Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness (Aperture, 2018) © Zanele Muholi, courtesy of Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town/Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York