Last week, photo-eye Book Division Manager Melanie McWhorter lead the jury of Benedetta Cestelli Guidi, Marta Daho, Erik Kessels, and Michele Smargiassi judging over 180 books in the second Italian and first International book award of Fotofestival di Roma. This year’s winner for the Italian Book Award was the Damiani book Deformer by Ed Templeton. The International Gold Metal Award was given to Steidl’s upcoming titled by Jim Goldberg Open See and the Silver Medal Award was given to young photographer Marika Wessels for her book, Elisabeth. I want to eat.
“All books selected by the jury are finished works in their own right, greater than an exhibition of their parts. The narrative characteristics normally associated with the nature of a journal are present in all the final selections.”