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*The Dummy Award is the international competition for the best unpublished photobook dummies of the year.

Dummy Award goes Recontres d’Arles 2024

We will be at Recontres D’Arles 2024 in the first week of July and we have some great things coming up:

Dummy Award ’24 Shortlist in Arles

The Dummy Award ’24 Shortlist will make a stop in Arles on its world tour. We will show the 51 shortlisted books at our stand at the Arles Books Fair at ENSP. 

There, we will also launch the brand new Dummy Award shortlist catalogue beautifully designed by Ramon Pez, which features all the 51 dummies. Come by and grab your free copy! 

We are also organising a presentation at the Fotobus Society on July 4th where you can see all the shortlisted dummies, meet some of their creators and join the Fotobus party afterwards.

⚪️ARLES BOOKS FAIR: Thursday July 4th till Saturday July 6th @ ENSP

⚪️  Dummy Award ’24 shortlist presentation X Fotobus: Thursday July 4th from 4pm @ 75 Av. de Stalingrad, 13200 Arles

Book launch: TROPICAL TRAUMA MISERY TOUR by Rafael Roncato 

The ’23 PBM/ MAS Prize winner book is out! The first copies will be available in Arles next week and then online.

Join us to celebrate the launch during a book signing with Rafael on Wednesday or as of Thursday at our stand at the ARLES BOOKS FAIR at the École nationale supérieure de la photographie (ENSP).

TROPICAL TRAUMA MISERY TOUR is published by MASA & The PhotoBookMuseum.

⚪ Book signing: Wednesday July 3rd, 5.30 to 6.30 pm @ ENSP
ARLES BOOKS FAIR: Thursday July 4th till Saturday July 6th @ ENSP

by Vitor Casimero

We are proud to share that the Dummy Award ’22 winner book SHADOW OVER SHADOW by Vitor Casimero has been shortlisted for the Photo-Text Book Prize at the Arles Book Awards 2024. It will be on display alongside the other shortlisted books at Mécanique Générale throughout the festival.

Join us for the announcement of the winners at the Théatre Antique and grab your copy at our stand at ARLES BOOKS FAIR!

⚪ Show of all Rencontres publishing awards @ Mécanique Générale

Arles Book Awards 2024: Tuesday, July 2nd, 9:45pm @ Théatre Antique

ARLES BOOKS FAIR: Thursday July 4th till Saturday July 6th @ ENSP

Announcing the Dummy Award ’24 shortlist

On March 9th the jury met in Cologne to go through all 420 submitted dummies sent in from 44 countries.  In the end, 50 books were selected to make up the shortlist of the Dummy Award ’24. Congratulations to all the shortlisted artists! 

Kicking off the World Tour in Cologne

The Dummy Award ’24 shortlist is going to travel around the world, visiting different festivals and venues in the coming year. To start off this travelling exhibition, the dummies are on display at The PhotoBookMuseum in Cologne until May. 

The Dummy Award 2023 winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Dummy Award 23. Out of 50 shortlisted books, five winning titles were carefully selected, taking into account public and curators’ votes from the 17 venues where the shortlist has been exhibited. 

All winning books will receive a 25% production grant for printing their books at MAS printing house, Istanbul and our full promotion support. 

“Tropical Trauma Misery Tour” by Rafael Roncato receives the PBM/MAS Prize.
It will produced and published by MAS Matbaa in cooperation with the PhotoBookMuseum later this year. Stay tuned!

Tropical Trauma Misery Tour

by Rafael Roncato, NL/BR


by Marco Marzocchi, IT

Photography Firmly Enters the Everyday

by Anna Pylypyuk & Volodymir Shypotilnykov, UKR


by Amelie Sachs, DE


by Julia Mejnertsen, DK

Discover the five winning books

Congratulations to the five artists whose photobooks stood out and convinced both the jury and the visitors!

Out Now!

Shadow over Shadow

by Vitor Casemiro

Jury Statement

The dark side of life – corrupted politics, conspiracy theorists, organized crime, psychopathic killers, false prayers and fake news. Looking at the world today we seem to slide into a „New Noir“. SHADOWS OVER SHADOWS plays an elegant fiction / non-fiction game with our perception. What comes as an illustrated script for a shady B-Movie is Vitor Casimeros childhood dream – to make a Film Noir. With the help of images culled from the immense public digital collection of the United States Library of Congress – all made in the US between the 1930s and 1960s, Casimiro has genuinely translated the language of cinema into the language of a photobook. The well-chosen and edited images and the characters he created in his self written script, a Detective, a Femme fatale and a Boxer, constantly draw you further into the story and the book. This visual research into the tropes, clichés and genre conventions of American crime films is an outstanding photobook and a worthy dummy award winner. Congratulations Vitor!

Frederic Lezmi & Markus Schaden,
The PhotoBookMuseum

Book Info

Size: 21,6 x 28 cm 
Pages: 127 
Binding: Staple Bound

Author: Vitor Casemiro
Design: Mateus Acioli

Publisher: MASA / The PhotoBookMuseum
Year: 2023
Language: English
ISBN: 978-605-9194-71-6

Price: 25€ 

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