Rencontres d'Arles's 2008 annual photography festival in Arles, France selected their annual book awards in July. The prize for Contemporary Book Award went to Michael Abrams for Strange and Singular (image shown above) and for Historical Book Award the honor went to Nein Onkel. Both using vernacular imagery in an unusual way.
Fortunately, all the nominees for the honor are listed on the Rencontre d'Arles site. Some of which I would like to note as a few of my favorites for the year.
Mind you, some of the books in the nominees list have not made it across my so the list above might be incomplete.
This blog will host an interview with Strange and Singular author Michael Abrams later in the summer.