PhotoBook of the Year Award winner: Rosângela Rennó
Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation, with the support of Amana, are announcing the winner of this year PhotoBook of the Year Award:
|An interior spread from A01 [COD.188.8.131.52] — A27 [S | COD.23], by Rosângela Rennó. Digital reproductions by Thiago Barros.|
Photographer: Rosângela Rennó
Publisher: RR Edições, Rio de Janeiro
Julien Frydman notes that this volume, “with its emphasis on disappearance, is a metaphor for photography as a whole.” To make this book, which is part of a trilogy, Rennó meticulously photographed the material found in twenty-seven boxes the majority of whose contents have been slowly and methodically stolen from the General Archive of the City of in Rio de Janeiro. The project focus in particular on the disappearance of the images of Augusto Malta and his sons, who worked for the city for over fifty years and whose original prints have recently risen in market value. Rennó’s images are of abandoned album covers, some few remaining photographs, faint traces of images, identification labels, and sometimes nothing at all. As Frydman notes, “This book gives you a profound sense of the fragility of the human condition. It’s also a moving meditation on the constant transformations of Rio itself, the erasures required by change".
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER:
Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1962
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
Graduated in Architecture from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (1986), and in Visual Arts from the Escola Guignard, Belo Horizonte (1987).
Arts Doctorate from the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo (1997).