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Paul Salveson Is The Winner Of This Year’s First Book Award

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One of the many partnerships and projects we’re involved in is the First Book Award, in partnership with MACK. Now in its second year, the First Book Award supports an emerging photographer by publishing their first book.

This year’s winner is Paul Salveson, whose work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, Swiss Institute, New York, and Actual Size, LA.

Potato, 2010 © Paul Salveson

Potato, 2010 © Paul Salveson

The winner was announced last night at the Kraszna Kraus Book Awards during the Sony World Photography Awards last night.

Salveson’s work was selected by a panel of five judges from 100 invited submissions, by international photographers. The judges were: Michael Mack (MACK), Polly Fleury (Wilson Centre for Photography London), Liz Jobey (FT Weekend Magazine), Greg Hobson (our Curator of Photographs) and photographer Clare Strand.

Emitter, 2009 © Paul Salveson

Emitter, 2009 © Paul Salveson

Taken in New York and Virginia between 2006 and 2011, Paul Salveson’s work uses commonplace items and objects within domestic environments to construct absurdist images. His book, Between the Shell, will be published by MACK later this year.

Fufu Bone, 2010 © Paul Salveson

Fufu Bone, 2010 © Paul Salveson

Of his work, Salveson says:

“Often my photographic process unfolds like a private performance in an empty house, or after everyone falls asleep. My engagement emerges from a perspective that precedes familiarity, disregarding the functions and cultural associations that objects are assigned. I try to process my surroundings with an alien mind.”

The winner of the inaugural First Book Award in 2012, was Anne Sophie Merryman, whose book Mrs. Merryman’s Collection presents a series of postcards collected by her grandmother between 1937 and 1980. Mrs. Merryman’s Collection is now available to buy through MACK books.

Scum Experiment, 2012 © Paul Salveson

Scum Experiment, 2012 © Paul Salveson

Better Cups, 2010 © Paul Salveson

Better Cups, 2010 © Paul Salveson

Written by Emma Thom

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