This category, 'PARIS 2021'

lists the shortlisted titles for the Aperture Foundation Paris PhotoBook Award 2021 that are still available and worth recommending. (in progress)

Additionally I put photo book titles in this category which will be signed at Polycopies or during Paris Photo, e.g. by AMBROSSIO, BANGERT, HEINISCH, MARSHALL, ZAIDI a.o. (in progress)

The categories of the Aperture Foundation Paris PhotoBook Award

  • First PhotoBook
    PhotoBook of the Year
    Photography Catalogue of the Year

The winning titles of the PhotoBook Award 2021

will be announced during Paris Photo on Friday, November 12, 2021 and will be sorted into the appropriate category of 'excellent' at Cafe Lehmitz Photobooks afterwards. Here you will also find the winning titles of the Aperture Foundation Paris PhotoBook Award of the past years.


The book 'Between Girls' by American photographer Karen MARSHALL shows a group of teenagers in New York and documents the emotional bonds between 16-year-old girls to show as well as their symbolic relationships. The book design is by Teun van der HEIJDEN
from 39,90 €
The book 'The Naval Base' is about a Dutch town that was built, bombed and rebuilt by the government. Rob HORNSTRA documents how people live in and with the naval base. The photos are accompanied by text and commentary; the design is by KUMMER & HERRMAN.
from 9,50 € Weight 0.4 kg
In 'Dori' Kaamna PATEL tries to link questions about love and family by documenting the relationship of her grandparents, which is eminently important to her. This self published volume was short listed for the Paris Photo Aperture Photobook Award 2021.
from 55,00 €
This photo book, 'I can't stand to see you cry' by Rahim FORTUNE, analyzes the relationships between family, friends and strangers during the pandemic. The photographer uses his personal experiences to explore the friction between public and private life.
0,00 € *
Photo book 'Suburban Bus' by Mexican photographer Alejandro CARTAGENA tells the story of people who want a better life in a city that lacks everything: decent roads, enough buses and safety on buses. It is shortlisted for the Paris PhotoBook Award 2021.
from 38,00 €
'A Folktale From Vietnam' by Gianpaolo ARENA is the result of a long-term project that captures fragments of diverse rituals of the society, offering a glimpse into its present and future cities in decay, culture and capitalism, folklore and propaganda.
from 38,00 € Weight 0.5 kg
'Glitter in My Wounds' by Adam BROOMBERG includes portraits of transgender activist Gersande Spelsberg. Together they took 100 photos shot on 4x5-inch negatives and lit only with the sun and mirrors - as for 'Metamorphosis through Light' by Helmar LERSKI.
40,00 € * Weight 0.5 kg
On the shortlist for Arles Author Book Award 2021. With the photo volume 'Family Stranger', Dutch photographer Wiosna van BON shows the different ways families whose relative had to go to prison for a committed crime deal with the situation.
40,00 € *
In 'Cut Outs' Jessica BACKHAUS consequently continues her path of abstraction already taken in photo volume 'A Trilogy' - using analog methods she creates and documents visual experimental arrangements, poetic choreographies of intense, sunlighted colors.
148,00 € Weight 0.9 kg
'Supernatural' by Katja STUKE is the result of a long-term project and limited to 150 copies. The work shows portraits of artistic gymnasts and high diving athletes photographed from a TV screen during the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing & London
18,00 €
The second photo volume by Tariq ZAIDI, 'Sin Salida', is the result of three years of documentation and shows the struggle of the state of El Salvador against two brutal gangs that have sophisticated extortion and domination networks throughout the region
from 55,00 € Weight 1 kg
In this volume, 'Blood Orange / Naranja de Sangre', Liza AMBROSSIO, infected by the aesthetics of Japanese counterculture and Aztec rituals of human sacrifice, she mixes psychological techniques of manipulation, with science, fiction, eruro & witchcraft.
38,00 € Weight 0.5 kg
This artist volume, 'Scratchy Days' by Ukrainian Bogdan GULYAY, contains artistic black and white shots from his personal environment, reflected everyday moments in a world he perceives as oversaturated, in which people are only fleeting, fragile shadows.
from 27,00 € Weight 0.2 kg
This four-volume photo book set, 'Erde, Feuer, Wind, Wasser' by Damian HEINISCH, explores the cultural & collective heritage of Central Europe through his own family history. In addition to the photographs, the set includes bilingually reproduced texts.
100,00 € Weight 4.7 kg
'Deana Lawson' accompanies her first comprehensive museum survey exhibition. A singular voice, she has been investigating and challenging conventional representations of black identities in the African American and African diaspora for over fifteen years.
40,00 € *
In 'Photobooks &' researcher Matt Johnston explores trends & practices based on research, interviews & his own experiences. He proposes a critical framework for looking at photo book use and calls for a reorientation to address its communicative potential
22,50 € * Weight 0.5 kg
This self published photo volume, 'Songbirds' by Katrín ELVARSDÓTTIR, consists of grainy, imperfect color photographs which show (mainly) canaries in Cuban cages. Besides in room cages, two-thirds-pictures - as negatives - show urban views of Havana.
34,00 € Weight 0.2 kg
Held back for 30 years, ambitious photo book 'Whatever You Say, Say Nothing' by Magnum photographer Gilles PERESS takes the language of documentary photography to the extreme and then asks the reader to pause and solve the riddle of meaning for themselves
from 398,00 € Weight 17 kg
'Rumors of War' by Christoph BANGERT is a personal diary of a former war photographer. He describes his inner conflict between the egoism driven feeling of doing something meaningful and the concern of his family & friends going through hell emotionally.
35,00 € Weight 0.6 kg