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African Cosmologies Book Shortlisted for Award

POSTED: 16 October 2020

African Cosmologies: Photography, Time and the Other has been shortlisted for the 2020 Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 

Front cover of book African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other
Although the photography community won't be able to gather to celebrate The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards this year due to Covid-19, the prize will continue. Founded in 2012, the Award celebrates the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.

Autograph’s Director, Mark Sealy, recently curated the acclaimed exhibition African Cosmologies: Photography, Time and the Other, part of the FotoFest Biennial 2020. A new hard-cover exhibition catalogue was published alongside the show, bringing together the work of 33 artists of African origin from around the globe whose works challenge traditional notions of Blackness and transnational histories. The book is an important exposition of historical and contemporary Africa and the African diaspora.

We're delighted to announce that the African Cosmologies book has been shortlisted for The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2020, in the Photography Catalogue of the Year category.

Autograph is honoured to have the book included, and we look forward to when the winners are announced on Friday 13 November. 

Read about the award and see the other shortlisted publications on Aperture's website. Also, keep your eyes peeled for issue 018 of The Photobook Review, which will feature the shortlist.


Through 260 pages and 218 images, African Cosmologies questions how subjectivity is constructed and deconstructed by the camera  revealing legacies of resistance by those who defy traditional ideas of sexual, racial, gender-based, and other marginalised identities.

Purchase the book from Schilt Publishing’s website, £45 / €50 / $60

African Cosmologies
is published by Schilt Publishing in conjunction with Photofest.


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Images, from top left: 1) Nyaba L. Ouedraogo, La Vie [The Life] [detail]. From the series The Phantoms of the Congo River, 2011. Courtesy of Nyaba L. Ouedraogo and Gallery Galea, Avignon, France. 3) Jean Depara, A bodybuilder with his girlfriends, Léopoldville-Kinshasa. From the series Athletes, 1955–65. Courtesy of the Jean Depara Estate and Revue Noir, Paris. 4) Wilfred Ukpong, BC1-ND-FC: By and by, I Will Carry this Burden of Hope, till the Laments of my Newborn is Heard #2, 2017. From the series Blazing Century 1, Niger-Delta/Future-Cosmos, 2011–17. Courtesy of Wilfred Ukpong and Blazing Century Studios, Nigeria.