On the occasion of the travelling exhibition“Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947‒2016”coming to Tokyo University of the Arts in November 2016 Steidl Publishers and the Tokyo Art Book Fair are initiating a new annual publishing prize, the Steidl Japanese Photobook Award.
By inviting Japan-based artists and photographers to make a book with him, publisher and printer Gerhard Steidl wishes to support the production of new work within the medium of the art- and photobook
“As a young man Robert Frank made his own book maquettes, which were the starting point for the importance of the photobook in his work. So it made sense to create an award that would encourage young people to do the same: to handcraft photobooks and realize the potential of the book as a photographic medium.”(Gerhard Steidl)
Gerhard Steidl will personally review every submitted book dummy. From September 16-19, 2016 a pre-selection of the submitted books will be on view at the Tokyo Art Book Fair. Five finalists will be invited to individual review sessions held in Tokyo with Gerhard Steidl and the winning project is to be published by Steidl Publishers in Germany. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition “Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2016” at Tokyo University of the Arts on November 10.