Fotobookfestival Kassel returns, with the Dummy Award and much more

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Established back in 2008, the Fotobookfestival Kassel was the first festival devoted to the photobook and, over the last 10 years, has made a name as one of the most interesting on the calendar. Its 10th anniversary edition looks set to bear out this reputation from 31 May-03 June, with talks by celebrated photographers and photobook-makers such as Anders Petersen, Susan Meiselas, Carlos Spottorno, Mathieu Asselin, Gerhard Steidl, JH Engström, and many more, and exhibitions by Dana Lixenberg, Daniel Gustav Cramer, and the designer Sybren Kuiper (SYB).

The exhibitions programme also includes two shows devoted to Kassel’s well-regarded prizes – the Dummy Award and the Photobook Award. In total 30 books have been selected for the Photobook Award by a prestigious panel including, Laia Abril On Abortion; Mathieu Asselin Monsanto – A Photographic Investigation; Ludovic Balland American Readers at Home; Tim Carpenter Local Objects; Sanne de Wilde The Island of the Colorblind; Carolyn Drake Internat; Li Feng White Night; Stephen Gill Night Procession; Anne Golaz Corbeau; David Goldblatt Structures of Dominion and Democracy; Daniela Keiser Kairo; Stephan Keppel Flat Finish; Paul Kranzler and Andrew Phelps The Drake Equation; Sandrine Lopez Moshé; Alix Marie Bleu; Raymond Meeks, Adrianna Ault and Tim Carpenter dumbsaint 01: township & bremen grain; Susan Meiselas Mediations; Luis Molina-Pantin Testimonies of Corruption: A Visual Contribution to Venezuela’s Fraudulent Banking History; Nine Photographers Witness, Kashmir 1986-2016; Max Pinckers Margins of Excess; Roman Pyatkovka You wait; Laurence Rasti There Are No Homosexuals in Iran; Joachim Schmid Paris, November 2015; Titus Simoens For Brigitte; Andrea Stultiens Ebifananyi; Henk Wildschut Ville de Calais; Carmen Winant My Birth; and Christopher Wool Westtexaspsychosculpture.

Some 53 book prototypes have been selected for the Dummy Award, from which three winners will be selected for first, second and third place prizes (all are shown in the images accompanying this article). The first-prize winner will see their book produced and published by Kettler, Germany, the company behind Mathieu Asselin’s hit book Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation. The festival also includes a photobook workshop run by Akina Press’ Valentina Abenavoli, and a reconstruction of the Café Lehmitz shot by Anders Petersen by the PhotoBoookMuseum.

The Fotobookfestival Kassel runs from 31 May-03 June in Kassel, Germany. A one-day pass costs €10 and a three-day pass €18, the evening events are free 2018.fotobookfestival.org

Apples for Sale by Rebecca Sampson (DE), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
WATER TANKS IN MATHARE SLUM by Filippo Romano (IT), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
WARAGI by Florian Genz (DE), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Walter by Daniel Vogl (D), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Ways of Understanding, Voodoo/Vodun (2018) by Muriel Schouten (NL), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Tobacco by Rocco Rorandelli (IT), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Time and Again by Bianca Salvo (IT), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Te Ahi Kā – The Fires of Occupation by Martin Toft (DK), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Subterraneos by Enrique Escandell (ES), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Smoke by Theo Elias (SE), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Simplex by Ksenia Sidorova (RUS), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
sensor by Holger Krischke, Thomas Haubner and students of University of Fine Arts Münster (DE), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
SCVM by Agata Kalinowska (PL), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Ruota by Alessandra Carosi (IT), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Hiroshima Graph – Rabbits abandon their children by Yoshikatsu Fujii (JP), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Püppi arrived by Monika Hanfland (DE), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Nothing Happened by Celine Croze (FR), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Night People by Johann Süßebecker & Fabian Melchers (DE), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
My Friends Got Famous by Martin Lamberty (D), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Modern Photography by Taufiqur Rahman Anik (BD), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
M.M. by Julia Mejnertsen, one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Mis 15 by Paula de Abrantes (ARG), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Mansilla by Verónica Losantos (SP), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
LETTER BOX by Kevin Kunstadt (USA), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Kumkuat by Özgür Atlagan & Zeynep Kayan (TR), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
INDEX G by Piergiorgio Casotti, Emanuele Brutti (IT), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Hornless Heritage by Nikita Teryoshin (RU), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
High Culture by Marta Wódz (PL), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Help Desk – Random Acts of Administration by Ole Witt (DE), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Hello by Koji Kitagawa (JP), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Hayati by Karim El Maktafi (IT/MA), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Forain, Kaffers en Boerin by Siska Vandecasteele (BE), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
First Seen by Nicolas Delaroche (FR/CH), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Federal Triangle by Mike Osborne (US), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Ferox the Forgotten Archives 1976 -2010 by Nicolas Polli (CH), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Familie werden by Rie Yamada (JP), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Elephant and Castle by Jiye Kim (KR), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
(EST/USA) E.S.E. by Terttu Uibopuu, one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Dust & Scratches by Youval Hai (ISR), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
DOM (Document Object Model) by Julia Borissova (RU), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
DISAPPEARANCE by Tomasz Laczny (PL), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Delta by Oguz Karakütük (TR), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Daffodil by Bahadir Aksan (TR), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Czarna Madonna by Jagoda Wisniewska (PL), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
The Eye of the Cyclops by Ann Massal (FR), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Cornutopia by Jan Richard Heinicke (DE), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Hereafter by Federico Clavarino (IT), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Chiméra by Vladimíra Kotra (CZ), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Born of the Purest Parents by Tamsin Green (UK), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Archiv Alto Adige by Lucie Marsmann (DE), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Aporia by Andrew Waits (USA), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
A Landslide by Yulia Tikhomirova (RU-IT), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
26 ft 8 inches by TJ Proechel (US), one of the shortlisted titles in the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award
Diane Smyth

Diane Smyth is a freelance journalist who contributes to publications such as The Guardian, The Observer, The FT Weekend Magazine, Creative Review, The Calvert Journal, Aperture, FOAM, IMA, Aesthetica and Apollo Magazine. Prior to going freelance, she wrote and edited at BJP for 15 years. She has also curated exhibitions for institutions such as The Photographers Gallery and Lianzhou Foto Festival. You can follow her on instagram @dismy