Winner: TTP by Hayahisa Tomiyasu

TTP is a series of photographs made from the window of Hayahisa Tomiyasu's eighth-floor student apartment in the German city of Leipzig. His southfacing view encompasses a public park with a ping pong table, which is the focus of his deadpan pictures. Each image is similarly composed, while the times of day, the seasons and the visitors to the table change. As we turn the page the function of the table mutates, from a tischtennisplatte (table tennis table) to a sun bed, a skate obstacle, a laundry counter, a kids' climbing frame, a work-out meeting spot, and a refuge from busy streets, among numerous other uses. Thanks to Tomiyasu's sustained curiosity, we observe the habits, humour and idiosyncrasies of human behaviour at the foot of this humble table.

Hayahisa Tomiyasu was born in 1982 Kanagawa,Japan. After studying photography at Tokyo Polytechnic University, he moved to Leipzig, Germany to study under Peter Piller. He currently lives between Leipzig and Zurich, where he now teaches.

The First Book Award 2018 is published with support from Wilson Centre for Photography, Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and optimal media.

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2018 Shortlist

Anita Benjamin
Familiarity
Veronique Besnard
The Wall
Tenzing Dakpa
The Hotel
Andres Gonzalez
American Origami
Thomas Locke Hobbs
Vedute Los Angeles
Lionel Kiernan
At Night
Diane Severin Nguyen
Flesh Before Body
Dafna Talmor
Constructed Landscapes
Hayahisa Tomiyasu
TTP
Andrew Waits
Aporia

Judges

Hannah Starkey
British artist Hannah Starkey’s commitment to picturing women since the mid-nineties has seen her explore
a labyrinth of issues and ideas surrounding the female experience and the medium of photography.
From childhood to motherhood and beyond, her work explores archetypal female characters, social values, relationships, psychology, communication, and fashion.

Amira Gad
Amira Gad is Exhibitions Curator at the Serpentine Galleries in London, where she has curated exhibitions
by Simon Denny, Jimmie Durham, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Torbjørn Rødland. Prior to this, Gad was Managing Curator & Publications at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam where she worked from 2009 to 2014. Gad is also Commissioning Editor for Ibraaz, an online platform dedicated to
visual culture in the Middle East and North Africa.

Martin Barnes
Martin Barnes is Senior Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) London. Since 1997 he has worked on the Photography Gallery at the V&A, curating exhibitions such as Diane Arbus Revelations (2005-6); Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour (2006); Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography (2010) and co-curator of Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography (2011).

Polly Fleury
Polly Fleury is Director of Special Projects at the Wilson Centre for Photography where she works closely with museums, artists, galleries and publishers, bringing historical and contemporary photography to public view.

Michael Mack
Michael Mack is the publisher of MACK.

Nominators for 2018:

Mari Abe
Shahidul Alam
Vince Aletti
Pedro Alfacinha
Allana Rahaab
Regina Maria Anzenberger
Asada Masashi
Asturias Andres
Sharon Matt Atkins
Gerry Badger
Maria Baibakova
Simon Bainbridge
Quentin Bajac
Stacey Baker
Arnis Balcus
Sheyi Bankale
Saleh Barakat
Bjarne Bare
Martin Barnes
Hannah Barry
Christine Barthe
Laura Bartlett
Sam Barzilay
Bruno Bayley
Kris Belden-Adams
Adam Bell
Rebecca Bengal
Marc Joseph Berg
Blanca Bernheimer
Rory Bester
Tobia Bezzola
Xu Bing
Elisabeth Biondi
Vladimir Birgus
Gil Blank
Rut Blees
Phil Block
Li Bo
Daria Bonera
Enrico Bossan
Yannick Bouillis
Sophie Boursat
Anne-Marie Bouttiaux
Emma Bowkett
Martin Boyce
Bri + Brown
Marcelo Brousse
Joachim Brohm
Didier Brousse
John Buckle
Ben Burbridge
Claude Bussac
Olivier Cablat
David Campany
Levent Calikoglu
Iata Cannabrava
Maria Canudas
Chiara Capodici
Stefano Carboni
Rafael Cardoso
Ricardo Cases
Jim Casper
Naomi Cass
Alexandre Castant
Melissa Catanese
David Chandler
Zelda Cheatle
Eder Chiodetto
Hans D. Christ
Christiane Monarchi
Joshua Chuang
Arnaud Claass
Anna Clarén
Tim Clark
Louise Clements
Remi Coignet
Jörg Colberg
Teju Cole
Matthew Connors
Sean Corcoran
Charlotte Cotton
Julian Cox
Gloria Crespo Maclennan
Simon Crocker
Marta Daho
Devika Daulet-Singh
Lucy Davies
Clara de Tezanos
Luc Debraine
Kathryn Del Boccio
Janet Delaney
Thomas Demand
Fariba Derakhshani
John Divola
Philip Dodd
Inaki Domingo
Elie Domit
Karen Downey
John Duncan
Ben Eastham
Natasha Egan
Richard Emblin
Julieta Escardó
Ute Eskildsen
Juan Jose Estrada
Jason Evans
William Ewing
Christine Eyene
Alexis Fabry
Simon and Kalle Sanner
Rogerio Faissal
Michael Famighetti
Pierre Fantys
Horácio Fernandez
Mariona Fernandez
Elisabeth Ferrer
Brad Feuerhelm
Marc Feustel
Judy Fiskin
Eva Fisli
Joan Fontcuberta
Luke Fowler

Anna Fox
Stephen Frailey
Helen Frajman
Flavio Franzoni
Charles Freger
Julien Frydman
Elvis Fuentes
Tamar Garb
Nathaniel Gaskell
Julian Germain
Shadi Ghadirian
Joseph Ghosn
Marta Gili
Alexie Glass-Kantor
Mark Godfery
David Goldblatt
Nili Goren
Yumi Goto
Clare Grafik
Paul Graham
Ivars Gravlejs
Kerryn Greenberg
Linda Groom
Walter Guadagnini
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
William Guerrieri
Guido Guidi
Claudi Carreras Guillén
Gregory Halpern
Atsushi Hamanaka
Steven Harris
Ben Harman
Sebastian Arthur Hau
Annika von Hauswolff
Marvin Heiferman
Nathalie Herschdorfer
Todd Hido
Jennifer Higgie
Darius Himes
Francis Hodgson
Maja Hoffman
Felix Hoffmann
Takashi Homma
Amanda Hopkinson
Mayumi Hosokura
Roberto Huarcaya
Jessica Hubbard Marr
W. M. Hunt
Vangelis Ioakimidis
Karen Irvine
Nandita Jaishankar
Mia Jankowicz
Liz Jobey
Matt Johnston
Véronique Joo Aisenberg
Ron Jude
Frank Kalero
Ashleigh Kane
Patricia Karallis
Michiko Kasahara
Mindaugas Kavaliauskas
Milo Keller
Erik Kessels
Tanya Kiang
Oliver Kielmayer
Sunjung Kim
Shiho Kito
Deborah Klochko
Kim Knoppers
Takayuki Kobayashi
Martin Kollar
Bohnchang Koo
Diana Korchien
Olga Korsunova
Tomo Kosuga
Antonin Kratochvil
Michket Krifa
Marloes Krijnen
Nicolette Kwok
Jeff Ladd
Nadira Laggoune
Arnaud Lajeunie
Trish Lambe
Suzanne Landau
Christy Lange
Shane Lavalette
Jiyoon Lee
Wiebke Leister
Pablo León de la Barra
Szewan Leung
Carrie Levy
Armin Linke
Roberto Linsker
David Little
Walter Liva
Celina Lunsford
Beral Madra
Sérgio Mah
Aida Mahmudova
Mauricio Maille
Michel Mallard
Roxana Marcoci
Stephen Mayes
Kiki Mazzucchelli
Rebecca McClelland
Scott McLeod
Anne McNeill
Elisa Medde
Hans van der Meer
Michael Mehl
Susan Meiselas
Zuzana Meisnerová Wismer
Luiza Mello
Antigoni Memou
Patricia Mendoza
Jeanne Mercier
Pedro Meyer
Jeremy Millar
Julie Millowick
Cristina Mittermeier
Pablo Ortiz Monasterio
Sebastien Montabonel

Alexander Montague-Sparey
Kate Montgomery
Lucy Moore
Jeff Moorfoot
Hollman Morris
John Mraz
Marianne Mueller
Nicholas Muellner
Andreas Müller-Pohle
Linda Fregni Nagler
Riason Naidoo
Jean Yves Navel
Paul Nesbitt
Moritz Neumüller
Elaine Ng
Greger Ulf Nilson
Heejin No
Laura Noble
Thyago Nogueira
Alison Nordstrom
Giorgio Di Noto
Erin O’Toole
Sean O’Toole
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Filipa Oliveira
Gonzalo Olmos
Maurice Ortega
John Palattella
Tod Papageroge
Ahndraya Parlato
Martin Parr
Paz Valeria
Adeline Pelletier
Peng & Chen
Timothy Persons
Slavica Perkovic
Sandra S. Phillips
Guillaume Piens
Fiorenza Pinna
Aleix Plademunt
Nicolette du Plessis
Bernard Plossu
Rui Prata
Marc Prüst
G. H. Rabbath
Jo Ractliffe
Cristiano Raimondi
N. Ramirez de Arellano Conde
Véronique Rautenberg
Fiona Rogers
Yasmina Reggad
António Pinto Ribeiro
Olivier Richon
José Roca
Julian Rodriguez
Ali Pooladi
Somayeh Rokhgireh
Miriam Romais
Jeff L. Rosenheim
Henry Roy
Mark Ruwedel
Bittu Sahgal
Txema Salvans
Britt Salvesen
Khaled Samawi
Tiago Santana
Helena Savio
Richard Sawdon-Smith
Inka Schube
Mark Sealy
Laura Sérani
Nigel Shafran
Tate Shaw
Nadya Sheremetova
Stephen Shore
Farah Siddiqui
Dayanita Singh
Agnès Sire
maisie Skidmore
Daniel Boetker-Smith
Steve Smith
Miki Soejima
Alec Soth
Antoine Soubrier
Jem Southam
Urs Stahel
Clare Strand
David Strettell
Miwa Susuda
Satoshi Tabuchhi
Julia Tedroff
Joël Tettamanti
Torbjørn Rødland
Clara de Tezanos
RichardTorchia
Leos Valka
Maco Vargas
Ivan Vartanian
Laurence Vecten
Fosi Vegue
Dragana Vujanovic
Mattias Wallin
Jo Ann Walters
Toby Webster
Terri Weifenbach
Marta Weiss
James Welling
Thomas Weski
Richard West
Anne Williams
Vanessa Winship
Matt Wittovsky
Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
Duncan Wooldridge
Tim B. Wride
Sophie Wright
Antonio Xoubanova
Francesco Zanot
Thomas Zander
Anna Zekria
Cristina Zelich
Giulia Zorzi