Now in its third year, the Alice Award has announced that The Open Road: Photography & the American Road Trip written by David Campany and published by Aperture (New York), is its 2015 winner. Campany and Aperture will take home a $25,000 prize.
Company’s book was selected from a whittled down shortlist of five contending publications that have previously been recipients of a Furthermore grant. Furthermore President Joan K. Davidson initiated the award in honor of her mother, Alice Manheim Kaplan, who cherished illustrated books. Building an established collection, she treated them as works of art viewing them as an “essential document of a civilized society.”
Echoing this sentiment, the Alice Award strives to safeguard and preserve these values that exist within a well-made illustrated book, acting as a catalyst to the slow reading movement that recognizes this. The creation of such a publication requires the commitment and harmonization of writers, editors, designers, and publishers, and their friends, something the Alice Award is keen to reward.
The other shortlisted works can be seen below:
The awards jury insluded: Michael Bierut, partner at Pentagram; Paula Cooper, Paula Cooper Gallery; Maira Kalman, artist and illustrator; Gianfranco Monacelli, director of the Monacelli Press; and Jock Reynolds, director of the Yale University Art Gallery.