Awards & Competitions


Hayahisa Tomiyasu Wins First Book Award for Photos Made from a Bedroom Window

May 17, 2018

By Conor Risch

Japanese photographer Hayahisa Tomiyasu has won the 2018 First Book Award for TPP, which features a series of images he made from his bedroom window in an apartment building in Leipzig, Germany. The project depicts a ping pong table in a public park, and the myriad ways people use it. The book is a delightful reminder that photographers needn’t venture far from home to create a compelling body of work.

The First Book Award is given to a photographer who has not previously published a photo book with a publishing house. MACK Books, organizers of the award, has published TPP.

“Through Tomiyau’s perspective, we observe with sustained curiosity the habits, humour and idiosyncrasies of human behavior,” said the award organizers in announcing the prize.

Inaugurated in 2012, The First Book Award is supported by the Wilson Centre for Photography and the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation. There is no open call for the award. Projects are nominated by a select group of photography and art industry professionals.

Judges for this year’s award were: British artist Hannah Starkey; Amira Gad, Exhibitions Curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London; Victoria and Albert Museum Senior Curator of Photographs Martin Barnes; Polly Fleury, Director of Special Projects at the Wilson Center for Photography; and publisher Michael Mack.

Previous winners are: Anne Sophie Merryman (2012), Paul Salveson (2013), Joanna Piotrowska (2014), Ciarán Óg Arnold (2015), Sofia Borges (2016) and Emmanuelle Andrianjafy (2017).

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