Photobooks Awarded in International Pictures of The Year Competition
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Photobooks by Adam Pańczuk and Mateusz Sarełło, both designed by Anna Nałęcka, have been awarded at the 71st edition of the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) contest.
Fotografia z serii "Karczeby", fot. Adam Pańczuk, dzięki uprzejmości autora
This year's edition of the Pictures of the Year International (POYi), was an auspicious event for Polish artists. Recently, Culture.pl wrote about the award-winning series of pictures from Adam Lach and Kacper Kowalski, and today the official contest website announced first place for Adam Pańczuk and the position of finalist for Mateusz Sarełło in the category of best photographic book.
Adam Pańczuk received the main prize for his book Karczeby, designed by Anna Nałęcka. The photographer decided to prepare a photobook several years after the début of a gallery project. The gap did not negatively affect the reception of the images. The project was created between 2008 and 2009 and shows the inhabitants of the Polish village of Lubenka, including the Czeladońka acting group which operates there. Karczeby is the series that made Adam Pańczuk both nationally and internationally recognised. His work has been shown, among others, in Gallery Yours in Warsaw, and at festivals in Korea (Seoul) and France (Paris, Lille, Sete). His photos were particularly well-received in France - the author is represented by both the gallery La galerie particulière and the agency Picture Tank.
Mateusz Sarełło, the author of Swell, was a finalist in the competition. Again, Anna Nałęcka was responsible for the design. This is another important distinction for this project. The Swell photobook was previously honoured, among others, with a third place in the International Photography Awards. It also appeared in the Photo-Eye portal's Best Books of 2013 list, alongside such luminaries as Lieko Shiga, Rinko Kawauchi, and the duo of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. Favourable reviews were also written by Josef Chladek and Atsushi Saito. The book was published by the Warsaw Institute of Visual Culture. The first printing of the book sold out, so preparations for a second edition are under way..
Culture.pl asked Anna Nałęcka to comment on her double success. Two years ago, her work on Rafał Milach's 7 Rooms photobook was also appreciated.
Michał Dąbrowski (Culture.pl): These are another important awards for photobooks that you have worked on. What is the key to your success - keeping up to date with projects in the world, or consistently developing your own style?
Anna Nałęcka: Listening carefully to the photographer, creator, and what they want to say, what is important to them in the project. I hope I do not have a style in a formal sense - although it is difficult to escape from my own preferences. For me, the form must follow the function and content. In this system there is no place for "me" or "my style". Maybe there is such a thing as a working method, a way of thinking or construction. Of course I follow what others are doing.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I watch a lot of movies. It helps me with narrative thinking, because a book is in fact a means of telling a story. I still use some methods of information coverage which I learned while working in advertising . It is based on intuition and direct contact with the photographer. For me, it is mainly the photographer and the project itself that are the inspiration, the starting point and the final customer.
Do you think working on projects related to photography is unique?
Definitely. They work on a specific project, which often arose over the years. It is a finished, closed world. You can tell that this is a job for "lazy" graphic designers because the entire illustrative layer is ready at the outset.
See gallery for other Anna Nałęcka projects:
pictures of the year international
Anna Nałęcka - graphic designer, senior art director, designer of books (as Tapir Book Design). Permanently cooperates with Sputnik Photos. Along with Rafał Milach, she was the curator of the Sputnik Photos exhibition Stand By and with the Sputnik Photos Photo-eye for Best Books of 2012 (the selection of books of the year according to Sputnik Photos, USA) and The Curated Bookshelf at Foam Museum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands).
Books designed by her have been awarded and distinguished at: POYi The Best Photography Book Award (2012 and 2014), Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation Photobook Award (2012 and 2013), the Photography Month in Bratislava (2012), The New York Photofestival (2011), Photography Book Now (2009 and 2011), Art Books Wanted International Award (2013) and the Publication of the Year competition during Photofestival in Polish Łódź (2013).
Photos. Anna Nałęcka, courtesy of author.
ed. Michał Dąbrowski, 26.02.2014, translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 27.02.2014