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Teju Cole’s Blind Spot has been shortlisted for the 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture Photobook Awards. The book, a fascinating blend of text and images, was named in the First PhotoBook category.

Founded in 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards “celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.” The awards come in three categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. A total of thirty-five books are nominated.

Cole, who is a photography critic at The New York Times, made a Facebook post about the honour.

Thrilled and very surprised to find out yesterday that Blind Spot is on the shortlist for the 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture Photobook Awards, in the First Photobook category. Winner will be announced in November.

So grateful to the many people who’ve supported this book—but I wanted to especially thank Alessandra Mauro and Roberto Koch at Contrasto Books, who helped me develop the original concept, and who published the book in Italian (Punto d’Ombra) a year before it came out in English. Huge thanks too to Caitlin McKenna, my editor at Random House, who helped me turn the Italian book back into English, pushing for greater precision and poetry. And finally, Angela Chen, who meticulously and tirelessly worked on both versions of the book with me, from image scanning to line edits.

Released in June of this year, Blind Spot is Teju Cole’s fourth book, following the novella Every Day Is for the Thief (2007, 2014), the novel Open City (2011), and the essay collection Known and Strange Things (2016).

The thirty-five nominated photobooks will be profiled in issue 013 of The PhotoBook Review. The winners for the three categories will be announced on November 10 at at Paris Photo.

See all the nominated photobooks HERE.

Congratulations to Teju Cole.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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