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.
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.”
This year, the esteemed jury comprises of Paul van Mameren (Managing Director, Lecturis), Irma Boom (graphic designer), Sean O'Hagan (journalist, The Guardian) and Francesco Zanot (Chief Curator at Camera Centro Italiano per la Fotografia’s).
Previous Dummy Award winners include Yoshinori Masuda (2015), Simon Rimaz (2014), Heikki Kaski (2013) and Shinji Otani (2012).