Steidl awarded publishing award

German publisher Gerhard Steidl has been awarded the inaugural outstanding contribution to publishing award at his year's Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards.

Steidl received the prize last night (27th April). He still independently operates the company he founded in 1972, now holding the world rights to books by renowned photographers such as Edward Burtynsky and Mitch Epstein.

Judge and chairman of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Michael G Wilson said: "Gerhard Steidl’s dedication to photographic publishing is evidenced by the personal commitment he makes to every artist that he works with and his passionate, self-taught understanding of the printed object."

Meanwhile David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislaviċ were joint recipients of the Best Photography Book Award for their companion books on South Africa TJ: Johannesburg Photographs 1948-2010 and Double Negative: A Novel.

The Best Moving Image Book Award went to Matthew Solomon for Disappearing Tricks, about the early 20th-century illusionists who incorporated moving pictures into their acts.

An exhibition of highly recommended books from each award, curated by judging panels which included photographers Mary McCartney and David Campany, film director Hugh Hudson and film critic Peter Bradshaw, is on display at Somerset House for the duration of the World Photography Festival and Exhibition from 26th April—22nd May.