Edition 2019


Closed on 22 September 2019
The Rencontres d’Arles Book awards were created in order to support the swift growth in the publishing of photography books and to help them reach a broader public. There are now three categories of books: Authors’ Books award, Historical Books award and Photo-text Books award. The Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Écriture et la Littérature backs and encourages the Photo-Text Award, which celebrates the relationship between words and images. Each award comes with a €6,000 prize and singles out the best photography books published between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. A jury of photography book experts announces the winners’ names during opening week. Each book is received in two copies: one is deposited at the library of the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles, the other put on public display throughout the festival period.

Winner of the Author Book award
Stephen GILL
The Pillar
Publisher: Nobody
Graphic Design: Greger Ulf Nilson
Text: Karl Ove Knausgard

Winner of the Historical Photo Book award
Enghelab Street - A Revolution Through Books : Iran 1979-1983
Publishers: co ed. Spector Books & Le Bal
Graphic Design: Fabian Bremer and Pascal Storz

Winner of the Photo-text Book award
Publisher: Chose Commune
Graphic Design: Kummer & Herrman
Text: Anant Pai
with the courtesy of Amar Chitra Katha

Special mention Photo-texte Book award
Sophie CALLE
Parce Que
Editions Xavier Barral
Graphic Design: Xavier Barral and Coline Aguettaz

Main partner: Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Écriture et la Littérature.
With support from Fnac for the Author book Award.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture