Announcement of the Jury Members for the Unseen Dummy Award 2017

by Unseen June 09 2017

We are pleased to announce the Jury members for this year’s edition of the Unseen Dummy Award. The international jury has been carefully selected so that it reflects each area of expertise; to ensure the most outstanding photobook dummy is selected in the best possible way. The winning photobook dummy  will be published by Lecturis. Submissions are open to both photographers and designers and it offers you the opportunity to have your photobook dummy realised, whilst exposing your work to the international photography industry.

Here is the line-up for this year:

Ann-Christin Bertrand
As the curator of C/O Berlin, an exhibition venue for photography and visual media, Ann-Christin Bertrand is responsible for young contemporary artists as well as for the book fair: Book Days which takes place at C/O. Questioning new tendencies in photography since digitalization of the medium, Bertrand developed the new exhibition format Thinking about Photography. She often discusses the future of the photographic medium in lectures, seminars and jury panels. We look forward to her input on selecting the winner of the Unseen Dummy Award 2017.

Paul van Mameren
A returning member of the Jury since its inception in 2012, Paul van Mameren is the managing director of Lecturis publishing. His background is in the graphic printing industry and he has a keen eye for what to look out for in the photobook landscape. With Lecturis focussing on a broad spectrum of photography books from fine art to documentary and journalism, their aim is to publish books with impeccable content, design and production.

Rémi Coignet
The editor in chief of The Eyes magazine Rémi Coignet has a strong affiliation with photography. In 2008 he also set up the blog Des Livres et des photos which consists of interviews and critiques surrounding the subject of photobooks. He is also the author of two books, Conversations and Conversations 2 which discuss the current state of the photobook in a series of interviews with distinguished photographers. His rich knowledge and writing on the photobook will bring an academic angle to the judging of the Unseen Dummy Award.

Delphine Bedel
Delphine Bedel is a photographer, lecturer, curator and publisher who specialises in photography, design and publishing. She is known for her cutting edge publications, her award winning editorial work includes over 100 books. She is also a PhD researcher at University for the Creative Arts (UK) and teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute and the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL). Founder of Meta/Books and the Amsterdam Art/Book Fair as well as a member of the advisory board of the Mondriaan Fonds and the German Photography Academy. She has lectured, served as a jury member and portfolio reviewer for various institutions and festivals including; Stedelijk Museum (NL), Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne Paris (FR), Rencontres d’Arles (FR) and many more. She will be an esteemed member of the jury.

Dieter De Lathauwer
Joining us this year is Dieter De Lathauwer, the winner of the Unseen Dummy Award 2016 with his book I loved my wife (killing children is good for the economy). The book is a dark poetic view on one of the darkest pages in the second world in Europe: the killing of incurable children for the sake of saving money. De Lathauwer graduated from the Academy of Art Photography in Ghent, Belgium in 2005. As a visual artist and photographer and an avid collector of photobooks himself, his understanding of the photobook will be valuable in the jury’s selection.

The deadline for the Unseen Dummy Award is the 1st August 2017.

You can find out more about the Unseen Dummy Award 2017 here.

Photo: From the series, I loved my wife (Killing children is good for the economy), 2016 © Dieter De Lathauwer