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Photobook Grant 2018



Brendan Embser is the managing editor of Aperture magazine. Formerly the director of exhibitions at The Walther Collection, he has contributed essays and interviews to Another Africa, Contemporary And, Objektiv, and Aperture’s PhotoBook Review, and is the editor of the photobooks François-Xavier Gbré: The Past is a Foreign Country and Samuel Fosso: The Spectacle of the Body. Embser holds a BA in English from Haverford College and an MA in Africana Studies from New York University. He has served on the jury for the Addis Foto Fest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2016), the Changjiang International Photography and Video Art Biennale in Chongqing, China (2017), and Photo Is:rael, Tel Aviv (2017).

Gauri Gill is a Delhi-based photographer, who has exhibited in India and across the world. Most recently her work is on view at the Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, and the Kochi Biennale, Kochi.

Naveen Kishore is Publisher Seagull Books, lighting designer and photographer. He lives and works in Calcutta.



• The fellowship is open to Indian nationals/residents, and the focus of their suggested project should be from or about India.
• It is open to all photographers above the age of 25 years. The applicant does not have to be a professional photographer.
• Applicants should not hold any other fellowship or grant relating to the proposed project. This is a one-time grant for this project.



• All entries should be given a project title and should be accompanied by a short written statement (in English in addition to your native language) describing the project as factually as possible.

• The material must be original and be presented as an actual book, a physical copy as well as a digital format (PDF). Projects conceived as anthologies (rather than as clearly themed projects) are not acceptable. The photographer must hold the copyright of the work and must not have entered into any book publishing agreement in relation to the work being entered.

• Whilst the decision of the Advisory will be based on the quality of the project submission, this should not be interpreted in any way as acceptance by the publishers that the proposed format, page size, number of pages, number of photographs, any proposed texts or other aspects of the presentation will be appropriate or acceptable for the final publication. AFA in consultation with the winning project will determine the appropriate format and extent of the book.

• Each entrant agrees not to submit any entry that (1) infringes any third party’s proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity, or confidentiality obligations; and (2) otherwise violates the applicable state, federal, provincial, or local law.

• All materials must be delivered, at the photographer’s own risk to AFA. If not accepted, a provision to receive the book back will be made by the author.

• AFA’s decisions shall be final. AFA reserves the right to reject entries that are submitted without the required information, or that do not meet the criteria of eligibility, without any obligation to enter into any further discussion regarding their decisions.

• AFA accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost in transit.

• Details of particular entries may be at the discretion of AFA and may be released to the press as part of publicising the grant, including before the announcement of the awards.



a) The winner will be notified as soon as a decision has been made. The deliberations of the jury will not be disclosed to anyone, including entrants.

b) Within 10 days of notification the winning photographer will confirm in writing his or her acceptance of the Grant.

c) The winner will provide the publishers with hi-res scans of the photographs for publicizing the work.

d) While copyright of all work submitted for these awards remains with the respective entrants, the entrant grants to AFA a worldwide, irrevocable, and perpetual license to reproduce representative examples of the submitted entries in any of their publications, websites, and/or in any promotional material, strictly in connection with the Grant, and with reference to the photographer/artist, as relevant in each case; and to exhibit the books entered anywhere in the world for public display.



1) Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will be credited as publisher of the first edition.

2) AFA will work closely with the photographer to realize the final book.

3) 25% of the total number of books produced by the author will be given to the Alkazi Foundation for promotion of the book.

4) Additional copies can be purchased by AFA from the author at a 40% discount of agreed price with shipping charged at cost.

5) To assist in the promotion of the book, the winner will provide free of charge publicity rights for the publication.
6) AFA will, wherever possible, seek to facilitate the organisation of exhibitions/releases of the winner’s photographs included in the book. The photographer will also use his or her best efforts to research possible exhibition opportunities for the work.



The name of the Grant recipient will be declared by August / September 2018. The decision of the AFA in selection of the recipient will be final, private and without appeal.


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