PhotoBoox Award 2017
The winner and the shortlisted dummies
This outstanding dummy tells, visually, the story of the loss of the photographer’s parents in the 2011 tsunami that occurred in Japan.
The jury found the visual story and the narrative very powerful and also perceived the struggle in finding an adequate way of telling the story of a personal loss of such magnitude.
With the decision of awarding Mayumi Suzuki the jury is offering their support for the completion of this very personal project by turning this already strong dummy into a book. We realise how something that might have started as a way to deal with a personal loss, can turn into a project to share with a larger audience. Reflected in this dummy, we see the struggle of the author and the challenges she had to face and therefore we believe it has a huge potential. She was able to show her vulnerability on the pages but not always she seems capable of finding a reaction to it on her own.
The structure of the dummy reveals an eclectic use of notebook style and a very thorough research. The dummy deals with the emotional cries of children raised in abusive homes. The jury was impressed by the way Miki Hasegawa approached this extremely difficult subject. A book not easy to digest but nonetheless very significant. We found it remarkable how she tells the stories in such a respectful, delicate way.
Olga Bushkova, How I tried to convince my husband to have children
On the occasion of Photolux Festival International Biennial of Photography 2017, PHOTOLUX, EyesOpen! and ceiba editions promote an international call for photobooks, the PhotoBoox Award 2017.
The award is aimed to recognize the best unpublished projects, giving them a broad visibility and a chance for publication. All dummies will go into the Photolux archive and book collection. The shortlisted projects will be presented in a dedicated talk during the main weekend of the Festival and featured on Photolux Festival and ceiba editions websites. The winning project will be produced and published by ceiba editions, with the sponsorship of PHOTOLUX and the support of EyesOpen!, and will be presented during the Festival.
In addition, EyesOpen! will feature the best projects in their print magazine!