Identity-focused work dominates Kraszna-Krausz shortlists

Identity-focused work dominates Kraszna-Krausz shortlists

The shortlists for both the Photography and Moving Image Book Awards of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation are this year dominated by the theme of identity. 

The prize, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, seeks to highlight photography and filmmaking to reflect work that will "likely have a lasting impact" in its field.

Shortlisted for the Photography Book Award is LaToya Ruby Frazier, whose eponymous work is published by Mousse Publishing & Mudam Luxembourg, alongside Melissa Miles' Photography Truth and Reconciliation (Routledge) and The Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows by Sophy Rickett (Gost Books). 

Professor Elizabeth Edwards, judge of the photography award, said: “The significant themes that emerged from this year’s submissions clustered around identity, environment and the uses of history and memory. Overall, the entries demonstrate the centrality of photography as a major articulation of submerged, contested but vital histories.”

The Moving Image Book Award shortlist sees Allyson Nadia Field and Marsha Gordon's book about race and identity, Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film (Duke University Press), listed alongside Frame by Frame: A Materialist Aesthetics of Animated Cartoons by Hannah Frank (University of California Press) and This Thing of Darkness: Elsenstein's Ivan the Terrible in Stalin's Russia by Joan Neuberger (Cornell University Press). 

The winners, announced at a ceremony in September, will each receive £5,000. After the announcement, an event featuring conversations about the winning titles will be streamed online, hosted by the Photographer's Gallery.