Eva Gravayat

Bereits als Jugendliche ist Eva Gravayat (*1985 in Paris) von der Macht der Bilder fasziniert und beginnt, Fotografien aus Zeitschriften zu sammeln. Sie lernt mit einer analogen Kamera umzugehen und selbst Bilder zu entwickeln. Im Rahmen ihrem Studiums an der Sorbonne absolviert sie Praktika bei verschiedenen Festivals und Museen für Fotografie. Nach dem M.A. in Kulturmanagement stellt sie das internationale Fotofestival Rencontres d’Arles als Produktionsmanagerin von Ausstellungen an. Von 2007 bis 2011 arbeitet sie, gemeinsam mit einem begeisterten Team und unter der Leitung des künstlerischen Direktors François Hébel, mit Künstlern, Kuratoren und Verlegern aus der ganzen Welt zusammen. Im Januar 2012 zieht sie nach Berlin, wo sie als freie Journalistin und Projektmanagerin tätig ist. Im Online-Magazin L’Oeil de la Photographie schreibt sie wöchentlich über Fotobücher, Ausstellungen und Auktionen in Berlin. Derzeit organisiert sie für folgende Institutionen Projekte, die sich mit Fotografie in Deutschland beschäftigen: photomarketing.de, Collection Regard, Fotobookfestival Kassel…

Eva Gravayat, born in 1985 in Paris, is fascinated by the power of image since she begun to collect pictures in magazines and also learnt how to use an analog camera and to print photographs during her adolescence. In the time of her studies at the Sorbonne university she did several internships in festivals and museums for photography in Europe. After graduating a Master in culture management she was hired as exhibitions’ producer for the Rencontres d’Arles international photography festival. From 2007 to 2011 she worked with artists, curators and publishers from all over the world and with a passionated team under the direction of the art director François Hébel. She moved to Berlin in January 2012 where she now lives and works free-lance as journalist and projects manager. She writes articles on a weekly basis about photo books, exhibitions and auctions in Berlin for the online magazine L’OEil de la Photographie and she is managing projects for several international institutions dedicated to photography in Germany, currently: photomarketing.de, Collection Regard, Fotobookfestival Kassel…

DUMMY AWARD KASSEL 2014: The 3 winners


The International Fotobookfestival Kassel has been created six years ago. It took place last year at the Documenta Halle in Kassel in October 2013 and the next festival’s edition will be organized at the same place in June 2015. In 2014, the Fotobookfestival is hosted by The PhotoBookMuseum in Cologne: all books nominated for the « Best Books of the year » and all shortlisted books for the « Dummy Award » are presented now until the 3rd of October 2014 at The_PBM.

Dummy Award Kassel @ The PhotoBookMuseum Cologne

The three winners of the Dummy Award 2014 (maquettes of so far unpublished photo books) were announced on the 23rd of August in Cologne after deliberation of the jury made of seven experts:

Cristina De Middel (Photographer, London)
Deanna Templeton (Photographer, Huntington Beach, California)
Todd Hido (Photographer, San Francisco)
Carlos Spottorno (Photographer, Madrid)
Manik Katyal (Emaho Magazine, Delhi)
Benjamin Füglister (European Photography, Berlin)
Richard Reisen (k-books, Cologne)

The prizes for the Dummy Award 2014 were given to:

  1. Irina Rozovsky for her book: Island on my mind
  2. Mafalda Rakoš, Iuna Vieira, Raphael Reichl for their book: 3rd Generation
  3. Hajime Kimura for his book: Scrap Book

The winner of the First Prize will be given the opportunity to realize the dummy as a « real » book in cooperation with the festival’s partner, k-books, and the Second and Third Prizes are receiving a book production voucher


Irina Rozovsky
Island on my mind

101© Irina Rozovsky / Photobookfestival Kassel

Irina Rozovsky was born in Moscow and grew up in the Boston area. She received a BA in French and Spanish Literature from Tufts University and an MFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art. Her work has been published and exhibited in the United States and abroad. Irina lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches at the International Center of Photography.


Mafalda Rakoš, Iuna Vieira, Raphael Reichl
3rd Generation
+ My choice! +

08© Mafalda Rakoš, Iuna Vieira, Raphael Reichl / Photobookfestival Kassel

« 3rd Generation  is a collective social documentary photo-book project which shows the lives, opinions, and thoughts of Israeli and Palestinian youth using a very individualistic and personal approach. The photogonist’s stories in the book are told through pictures, interviews, and texts. It is realized by Iuna Vieira (photography on the Istraeli side), Mafalda Rakoš (photography on the Palestinian side), and Raphael Reichl (graphic design). » (extract from Mafalda Rakoš website)

Mafalda Rakoš
was born 1994 and grew up in Vienna, Austria. She attended Vienna Institute of Graphic Design and Audiovisual Media, department of photography. She has realized various long-time projects in Vienna and other regions of the world such as the Middle East and West Africa. Her work has been published in magazines and newspapers (‘die Presse’, ‘das biber’) and was shown in various festivals such as Encontros da Imagem Festival, Portugal, and Voies Off, Arles, Kolga Tblisi Festival, Georgia as well as in Vienna. In 2013, she and her two colleagues were awarded the “Jugendinnovativ-Prize” for their collective bookproject “3rd Generation”. In 2013 as well, she was awarded the Prix Revelation SAIF during Festival Voies Off at Rencontres d’Arles for her series “Il y a des jours sombres.” She graduated from High School in 2013 and enrolled her studies in anthropology at Vienna University while at the same time pursuing her own photographic projects and doing commissioned work.

Iuna Vieira
grew up and works in Vienna, Austria, and graduated from Vienna’s School of Media – Department of Photography in 2013. Since 2010, she has been focusing on social documentary photography, and started working on long and short term projects in Austria and abroad. She works as a freelancer for different NGOs and organizations. From 2011 to 2013 she implemented the book-project ‘3rd Generation’ along with two colleagues about Israeli and Palestinian youth within the Middle East conflict, which won various contests, such as Jugend Innovativ’s First Prize in the Design category. The photo-book is part of “Schönste Bücher Österreichs” (Austria’s Most Beautiful Books) and was exhibited in various countries. In 2013, she spend four months in Brazil volunteering, implementing a project, and working as a photographer for an NGO. She attended various international Photo Festivals and Portfolio Reviews (such as the Lumix, visa pour l’image in Perpignan and many more) and exhibited her work in group exhibitions in Vienna and on a solo exhibition at Encontras da imagem International Photo Festival in Braga, Portugal.


Hajime Kimura
Scrap Book

09© Hajime Kimura / Photobookfestival Kassel

Hajime Kimura
is a Japanese photographer born in 1982. He was raised in Chiba prefecture just outside Tokyo. Having studied architecture and anthropology at University, he began his career in 2006. His work “Solitary” awarded “Tokyo Documentary Photo Workshop Scholarship” in 2011. His first long-term project “MATAGI” focused on Japanese ancient tribe in Nigata prefecture for 5 years was published in 2012. In the same year he participated in World press photo Joop swart masterclass in Amsterdam. In January, 2013 his private work “Man and Dog” won the 2nd prize of Vattenfall photo annual award in Berlin and exhibited at CO Berlin. His first photobook “KODAMA” won the first prize of IPA photobook Asia award 2013 in Singapore, the special prize of Konica PHOTO PREMIO 2013 in Tokyo and has been widely featured in a number of publications including TIME, New York Times, Newsweek, Le Monde Magazine and others. These past couple of years he has been based in Japan while also covering China and India.


48 shortlisted books for the Photobook Dummy Award Kassel 2014
were chosen by: Tamara Berghmans (Fotomuseum Antwerpen), Angel Luis Gonzales Fernandez (PhotoIreland, Dublin), Sebastian Hau (Le Bal Books, Paris), Jeffrey Ladd (Photographer, Cologne), Dieter Neubert (Fotobookfestival, Kassel), Markus Schaden (ThePhotoBookMuseum, Cologne) and Stephanie von Spreter (Fotogalleriet, Oslo).

They will be further exhibited at international photo events in Cologne, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Paraty and São Paulo:

THE PHOTOBOOKMUSEUM in Carlswerk, Cologne

“Markus Schaden knows the world and the world knows Markus Schaden”. The opening of The PhotoBookMuseum opening in Cologne on Thursday 19th August – day of the 175th anniversary of the invention of photography – was indeed international.


Thanks to all his collaborations with festivals and institutions around the (photo) world, to a great team and to important sponsors and “friends”, Markus Schaden (Schaden.com Foundation) created Europe’s first museum devoted to photography books with a first and fundamental step from August 19th to October 3rd, 2014 in Cologne.


Around 30 exhibitions can be seen now in an old Carlswerk warehouse of 5,000 square meters – formerly a cable factory – together with a full program of artists talks and workshops (19-24 August and 16-21 September). Some were organized in collaboration with institutions and festivals: Fachhochschule Dortmund, Lichtblick School, Internationale Photoszene Köln, Fotobookfestival Kassel

The installations are teaching a lot about photo books but also in general about photography and about staging. In this “photo book museum” there is indeed less books than what we could imagine. Photo series which became famous after their publication in the last sixty years are deconstructed by the photographers and/or the art direction of The PBM to be shown in a new form, in 3-D or on the walls. Here are some beautiful examples:

“Cafe Lehmitz” (1967-1970) by Anders Peterson used as a set up for the Museum’s bar





A very precise and efficient layout on the wall for the strong project “Archives” by the chinese photographer Jiang Jian.




The project “La Brea Matrix” developed by Schaden.com - Six art photographers from Germany invited to Los Angeles as part for an artist-in-residence program in 2009 and 2010 to search for photographic points of reference to the iconic picture by Stephen Shore - is presented through newspaper articles and a terrific photo studio.




The German photographer Hans-Jürgen Raabe has been invited to present his ongoing project  ”990 Faces”: 990 human faces from 33 places of the world. Huge personal inventory of the 21st decades! The first ten books corresponding to the first ten series (Myanmar, Lourdes, Oktoberfest, Marrakech, 5th Avenue, Documenta 13, Bosphorus, Eiffel Tower, Brandenburger Gate, Papua New Guinea) are exhibited together with a slideshow showing the “Faces 001-390″.





A discovery for me: the series “Metropol Yesili” by the turkisch photographer Ali Taptik. Green growing through the concrete of the city and the metal of the container.




“Paloma al Aire” a gem book by Ricardo Cases about a colorful intriguing Spanish ritual. Exciting installation inside an industrial cage.




“The Pigs” by Carlos Spottorno: a book which said a lot about the financial crisis in Europa and about which we talked a lot in the photo world in 2013. Mise an abyme inside the office/container.




A beautiful series of illustrated books made by Dominique Darbois about the children of the world, published Fernand Nathan in Paris from 1952 to 1978. Let’s draw on the walls.




In the basement of the Carlswerk/PBM are presented huge black and white prints of Chargesheimer’s photographs taken in Cologne at 5.30 am. The installation reconstitutes the exhibition curated by Fritz Gruber for the Photokina in 1970, year of publication of the book “Köln 5 Uhr 30″.

The Photoszene Köln organized a photo contest in the last weeks asking the inhabitants of Cologne to photograph the city at 5.30 am in 2014. More than 100 images were selected for a slide show.




The Fotobookfestival Kassel is hosted this year at The PhotoBookMuseum and presents the books applying for the Dummy Award 2014 (Jury: Cristina De Middel, Deanne Templeton, Todd Hido, Carlos Spottorno, Manik Katyal, Ben Füglister and Richard Reisen) and the books nominated for the Best Book of the Year 2014 (winner decided by public vote) as well as a retrospective of the Best Books of the past Kassel festivals’ years. The winners will be announced at The PBM on the 23rd of August.



After the 3rd of october, The PhotoBookMuseum will become an online platform before traveling around the world. Carlswerk edition is temporary… Enjoy it and “Long live The PhotoBookMuseum”!

The PhotoBookMuseum at the Carlswerk
Schanzenstraße 6-20
51063 Cologne-Mülheim
19 August to 3 Oktober 2014
10 am – 6 pm (Mondays closed)
Entrance Fee: DayPass 10 € (reduced 5 €), All-Time-Pass 120 €, Photokina-Week-Pass 60 €

All images: The PhotoBookMuseum © Eva Gravayat

WORLD WIDE ORDER by Julian Röder

Julian Röder is a German photographer (born 1981) who is based in Berlin and a member of the collective photo agency OSTKREUZ after having previously been an apprentice of the agency at the age of 16. The book World Wide Order presents four of his works made during the last 13 years on several continents: The Summits (2001-2008), World of Warfare (2011), Human Resources (2007-2009), Mission and Task (2012-2013). 



Julian Röder photographs very different topics but he always focuses on the political, social and economic relationships in our world. He also approaches his various projects with strongly different aesthetics. This position is physically translated in the book where the series and texts are printed on different papers or with different kinds of ink. Interviewed by Matthias Flügge, the photographer explains « I do not want to limit myself to one specific photographic form, instead I seek to expand aesthetic range in a way that is appropriate to each particular topic. »

The first series presented in the book is The Summits, which deals with the protests that took place during the G8 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK and USA) summits in Genoa, Evian, Geneva, Thessaloniki, Gleneagles, Heiligendamm, Hokkaido and Sapporo from 2001 to 2008. Julian Röder first travelled to the 27th G8 in Genoa in 2001 with friends to photograph but also to take part in the protest. His images showing both riots and quiet moments always reveal a sort of distance despite his personal engagement.



The Summits (2001-2008)

Röder manages to shape his position and his photographic technic very well: by pretending being outside when he is inside (The Summits), by making fun of an event when he is accredited as an official journalist for the largest weapons fair in Dubai (World of Warfare), by slightly retouching his images to give his thesis more power (Human Resources), or by exceptionally using the codes of advertising photography (Mission and Task). Very exciting.


World of Warfare (2011)


Human Resources (2007-2009)


IMG_2976_bdMission and Task (2012-2013)

The book World Wide Order also provides the reader very interesting texts written by several authors about the works: Sean O’ Toole, Elisabeth Giers and Kolja Reichert. An interview of Julian Röder by Matthias Flügge is also published and explains a lot about the position of the photographer. To the question « so you beat the system by a process of affiliation. Isn’t that a dangerous strategy that could be potentially misunderstood? », Röder answers: « Definitely. That is why the contextualization with my other work is so important. You only really understand the works in association with the others. »

His work is currently presented together with Robert Capa’s photographs in the exhibition CC – Classic Contemporary: Julian Röder & Robert Capa at the Kunsthalle Erfurt until the 28th of September 2014.

Photographs © Julian Röder

“World Wide Order” Julian Röder
Published by Hatje Cantz, 2014
Texts by Julian Röder, Matthias Flügge, Elisabeth Giers, Sean O’Toole, Kolja Reichert
Graphic design by Maria M. Koehn
German, English
132 pp., 74 ills., 24.80 x 31.60 cm, hardcover
ISBN 978-3-7757-3855-2
35 EUR


HIDDEN ISLAM by Nicoló Degiorgis


This book was published and first presented at the Milan Image Art Fair in May 2014. The very young publishing house Rorhof did a short marathon of photo festivals in Europe including Bristol, Vienna and Arles before being awarded for the Rencontres d’Arles’ Author Book Award on July 12th, 2014. What a quick and successful journey for a self-financed and self-produced book! The photographer of the published work Hidden Islam, Nicoló Degiorgis, indeed cofounded the publishing house Rorhof with Eleanora Matteazzi only four months before in March 2014.


On the cover of the book titled Hidden Islam you can read the subtitle « Islamic makeshift places of worship in North East Italy, 2009-2013 » as well as a list of eight categories: Warehouses, Shop, Supermarket, Apartment, Stadium, Gym, Garage, Disco. These elements are already crucial information to introduce the subject of the book but the reader is still free to grasp the whole thing step by step inside, thanks to the great design of the book.

Hidden Islam is indeed made of 45 gatefolds. Turning the pages one after the other in the traditional way, you can sees black and white photographs of houses and buildings taken from the street. You can’t see anybody but only closed spaces that seem uninhabited.






In a second time or in a parallel time, the gatefolds can be open to discover the second part of the photo series – intimate color photographs taken inside the spaces when Muslims are praying on Fridays – as well as an introduction text and a detailed map of North East Italy pointing out all the places visited by Nicoló Degiorgis from 2009 to 2013.






The text, signed by the famous English photographer, curator and collector Martin Parr says: “Consider these facts. In Italy the right to worship, without discrimination, is enshrined within the constitution. There are 1.35 million Muslims in Italy and yet, officially, only eight mosques in the whole country. Despite being the second largest religion after Catholicism, Islam is still not formally recognized by the state.”

Nicoló Degiorgis didn’t choose an easy subject and we can imagine the time and energy needed to achieve this very well documented project. The work in progress is by the way well described by Caitlin S. Hu on THE STATE.

The photographer – next to his commissioned works for the photo agency Contrasto – is a researcher on immigration issues at the University of Trieste, teaches photography inside the prison of Bolzano and cofounded an association that develops projects to raise social awareness (Zona). He writes that “his primary motivation is to observe how marginalized and minority communities carve out a sustainable environment for themselves”. Well done. How much is still to be learnt about the social situation in European democracies?

Some photographs of Hidden Islam are currently part of the group-show « PUBLISH/CURATE » at TJ Boulting in London. Looking forward to see an exhibition of the whole project, certainly in 2015!

All images © Nicoló Degiorgis

“Hidden Islam”
Rorhof, 2014, Italy
Author: Nicoló Degiorgis
Introduction: Martin Parr
Editing: Nicoló Degiorgis and Martin Parr
Design: Nicoló Degiorgis and Walter Hutton
Format: 90 pages / 45 gatefolds, hardcover, 16x24cm
ISBN: 9788890981708

First edition of 1000, Publication date: May 2014. SOLD OUT.
Second edition (Italy €37 ; EU €42 ; Worldwide €47). Shipping starts on September 1st 2014.


+ Thank you Bernd Fechner, Eleonora Matteazzi and Nicoló Degiorgis +