Zanele Muholi has won the Kraszna-Krausz Best Photography Book Award for its striking monograph Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, produced by Aperture, with Jane Giles named as the winner of the Best Moving Image Book Award. The announcements were made during an awards ceremony at the Royal Society of Arts, and all longlisted titles are currently on display at Photo London, with the prize of £10,000 being split between both categories.

After entering the world stage in the early 2000s, 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.

Meanwhile Jane Giles was 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.

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are sponsored by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, which was created in 1985 by Andor Kraszna-Krausz, the founder of Focal Press. Since 1985 the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have been the UK’s leading prizes for books on photography. More information on the work of the Foundation can be found online at www.kraszna-krausz.org.uk.

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