Ivan Vladislavić and David Goldblatt's photography-fiction collaboration, TJ & DOUBLE NEGATIVE is on yet another prestigious shortlist, for the Lucie Photographic Awards. Their Italian publisher Contrasto, who originated the innovative photographic book and novel collector's edition TJ & DOUBLE NEGATIVE is one of five publishers shortlisted in the Book Publisher of the Year category for this book. The same book won the Kraszna-Krausz award in London earlier this year. Random Umuzi published the dual edition in South Africa, followed by the solo novel DOUBLE NEGATIVE, a haunting literary novel about photography and memory, in its standalone volume form in May 2011. The book was beautifully designed by Cyn van Houten. Contrasto will publish the Italian edition next year, and French rights have been sold to Editions Zoe.
Ivan also has a beautiful book of essays, THE LOSS LIBRARY, coming out from Random Umuzi and Seagull Books, and Sylph Editions are bringing out a special edition of his story A LABOUR OF MOLES in their Cahiers Series.
The Lucie Awards, set up to honour the greatest achievements in photography, will be announced at the Rose Theatre in the Lincoln Centre on Monday 24 October.
BOOK PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR Nominees:
Yale University Art Gallery for Robert Adams: The Place We Live
Contrasto Books for TJ/Double Negative, by David Goldblatt and Ivan Vladislavic
21st Editions for Yamamoto Masao
Chris Boot, Ltd for Infidel, by Tim Hetherington
Prestel for Permanent Error by Pieter Hugo
Praise for Ivan Vladislavić
'One of the most imaginative minds at work in South African literature today.' -- André Brink
'Vladislavić is without doubt the most significant writer in South Africa today.' -- Focus on Africa
'Vladislavić is a rare, brilliant writer.' -- Sunday Times (SA)
'PORTRAIT WITH KEYS reminds me sometimes of Orhan Pamuk's ISTANBUL and sometimes of James Joyce's DUBLINERS, but it is really altogether one of a kind.' -- Jan Morris
'PORTRAIT WITH KEYS is surely one of the most ingenious love letters - full of violence, fear, humour and cunning - ever addressed to a city. If Italo Calvino had grown up in Jo'burg and experienced both apartheid and its aftermath this is the kind of book he would have been proud to have written.' --Geoff Dyer
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David Goldblatt has been photographing and documenting South African society for over 50 years. Born in Randfontein in 1930 to parents who came to South Africa to escape the persecution of Lithuanian Jews in 1890, he was simultaneously part of privileged white society and a victim of religious persecution and alienation. Motivated by his contradictory position in South African society, Goldblatt began photographing this society, and in 1963 decided to devote all of his time to photography.
He was awarded the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Award (2009), for his project "TJ". The award is intended for a photographer of exceptional ability who has an established career and has completed a significant body of work.