Pallas alumni Diana Tamane’s photo book “Flower Smuggler” is on the short list for a prestigious award

Diana Tamane’s photobook “Flower Smuggler” has been selected for the short list of the prestigious Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards in the First PhotoBook category. Diana Tamane graduated from Pallas UAS in 2012 and has since been very active on the art scene as a photographer. Diana also gives lectures at Pallas UAS on a regular basis. She has had solo exhibitions in Estonia, Latvia, Belgium, France, Germany, China and participated in the 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (curated by Katerina Gregos, 2018), and the Kathmandu Triennale (curated by Philippe Van Cauteren, 2017). Her next exhibition “As she sees it” with Kristine Madjare, Vika Eksta and Evita Goze will take place at the end of February at Pallas’s gallery Noorus in late February 2021.  Her works are in the collection of Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland and private collections in Europe.The book was published the Belgian printhouse Art Paper Editions and can be purchased through the publisher.

Diana commented on publishing of her book: “It’s easier nowadays to publish / self publish a book, but it might be difficult to be noticed because of the great amount of photobooks being published each year. I am glad that “Flower Smuggler” is shortlisted for the Aperture Photobook Award, because it will be seen by the larger public. But it is also always touching and encouraging when someone connects to my family stories.”

The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards were founded in 2012 to celebrate the photobook’s contributions to the evolving narrative of photography and comprise three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. On their website are the 35 books selected for the 2020 PhotoBook Awards Shortlist.

The exhibition of the shortlisted books will be hosted in Paris by DELPIRE & CO from November 5–28. The final jury will take place as planned, and the winner will be announced on Friday, November 13—including the announcement of the recipient of the $10,000 cash prize in the First PhotoBook category. The shortlisted books for 2020 will also be featured in Issue 018 of The PhotoBook Review, co-published with DELPIRE & CO. Additional selections from this special issue of The PhotoBook Review, guest edited by Dr. Deborah Willis, will be presented alongside the exhibition of shortlisted books in Paris.