We’re delighted to announce that multiple UC Press titles have been both shortlisted and longlisted for the 2017 Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book Awards.

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image (including film, television and new media).


Agnès Varda: Between Film, Photography and Art by Rebecca J. DeRoo

“A dazzling study of the filmmaker’s cinematographic art. Not only does DeRoo propose a refreshingly new dialogic approach to Varda’s cinematic aesthetics, narrative practice, and sociopolitics, her analyses of individual films are full of insights that also, where appropriate, challenge established readings of Varda’s work. This is truly a gem of a book.”—Susan Hayward, Professor of Cinema Studies Emerita, University of Exeter

“With extraordinary access to Agnès Varda’s papers and production materials, this study uniquely illuminates what Varda called the ‘three lives of Agnès’—as photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist. Essentially reframing Varda’s anomalous place in film history, DeRoo’s refined analysis and detailed references to film, art, and photography history help reveal Varda’s multivalent work.” —Ivone Margulies, Professor of Film and Media Studies, Hunter College, CUNY





Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles by Jon Lewis

“Borrowing language from the hard-boiled writing of mid-century America, Lewis tells this history like a noir, with flashbacks and an elegantly labyrinthine structure that merges form and content. Written with verve, an eye for detail and a wit that positions it in the space between history and fiction, it is a significant addition to the catalogue of books that have puzzled over the meanings of Hollywood and Los Angeles. . . . A dazzling book.”—Sight & Sound

“The kind of book that could sit comfortably on the shelf between James Ellroy and Mike Davis. . . . A breezy read that doesn’t talk down to the consumer – film buffs may know a lot about the subject, but younger readers will benefit.”—On the Aisle





Charles Burnett: A Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge by James Naremore

“Written in an accessible style, Charles Burnett: A Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge promises to make Burnett a more well-known filmmaker to the general public and perhaps, in its own minor way, might assist Burnett in financing future endeavors by providing him with wider recognition than he has received so far.”—PopMatters

“Charles Burnett is one of the most significant postwar American directors and with this book Naremore gives him the sustained treatment he deserves. With masterful attention to his formal style, his use of folkloric traditions, and his engagement with the social and political world around him, this book provides an important and insightful account of Burnett’s extensive career.”—Allyson Nadia Field, coeditor of L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema



The 2018 winners of the Book Awards will be announced in London on May 17, and the top ten books in each category will be on display during the Photo London exhibition this month.

We wish all of the participants the best of luck, and are honored to once again be so well-represented in the Best Moving Image Book Award category.