Unseen Dummy Award

Unseen and Lecturis continue their collaboration and join forces once again to showcase the work of exceptional photographers and designers from around the world and give them a chance to realise and publish their photobook dummy.

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Unseen Dummy Award 2017

Applications for the Unseen Dummy Award 2017 are now open. Submit your photobook dummy with a chance of having it published and exposing your work to the international photography industry. Find out more here.

2016 Winner

The winner of the 2016 Unseen Dummy Award is Dieter de Lathauwer with his entry I Loved My Wife (killing children is good for the economy). De Lathauwer writes that his book “highlights one of the darkest sides oft he previous century in Europe, which was and still remained under-exposed.” The judges thought that the combination of found photographs, stills from propaganda films from the German authorities, and his own evocative images made for a powerful and unsettling narrative.

“The subject concerns the psychiatric state hospitals where thousands of people were killed over two years in Austria, because they were Jews, gays or immigrants. His photographs of the locations merge with the found material to create a sustained mood that suggests the horror without depicting directly. It is an accomplished photo book about a very dark subject matter that, to this day, remains relatively unknown.”

Esteemed Jury

This year the 2017 esteemed jury comprises of Paul van Mameren (Managing Director, Lecturis), Ann-Christin Bertrand (Curator, C/O Berlin), Rémi Coignet (Editor in Cheif, The Eyes Magazine), Delphine Bedel (Photographer, Lecturer, Curator and Publisher) and Dieter De Lathauwer (Photographer and winner of the 2016 edition of the Unseen Dummy Award 2016). You can find out more about them here.

Previous Dummy Award winners include Yoshinori Masuda (2015), Simon Rimaz (2014), Heikki Kaski (2013) and Shinji Otani (2012).