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'Keiko' among the Most Beautiful German Books of 2013


Stiftung  Buchkunst (German Art Book Foundation)  awarded its annual prizes for the most beautiful books that were published in Germany in the recent twelve months. Die schönsten deutschen Bücher 2013 is the name of one of the most valued recognitions within the industry, that are awarded to publishers, designers, artists and typographers of books of outstanding aesthetic quality to conform with the publication's character and contents.

One of the book awarded in the 'Art Books, Photography Books, and Catalogues' category is Keiko by Tomasz Gudzowaty (photographs), and Witold Szabłowski (text) from a worldwide renowned German publisher Hatje Cantz. Keiko is a story about a one-of-a-kind place and about the people who shape it. The artist documented the work and lives of shipbreakers in Chittagong, the second-largest city in Bangladesh, where thirty to forty percent of the seven hundred ocean-going ships taken out of service every year are scrapped. The book reminds us that despite the progress of civilization, work can still be a physical challenge that may provide a livelihood but at the same time robs people of any scope to change the status quo.