Local visual activist Zanele Muhholi has just bagged the Kraszna-Krausz best photography book award at an event held at the Royal Society of Arts in London recently for her book Somnyama Ngonyama.
“I’m reclaiming my blackness, which I feel is continuously performed by the privileged other. I want to thank our publisher and all the writers and contributors who made it possible for this reality… siyabonga zihlobo (I thank you friends),” she said on her achievement.
Muholi’s win at the Kraszna-Kraszna happened just a week after she was honoured by Amref in New York City at the Art Ball charity gala with the Rees Visionary Award, her book also won the Aperture Book Publisher of the Year at the 2018 Lucie Awards for achievements in photography.
Her book, Somnyama Ngonyama, features self-portraits that explore Muholi’s own image and possibilities as a black woman in today’s global society, and – most importantly – to speak emphatically in response to contemporary and historical racisms.
The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards are the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image.