Last month, one of Sweden’s most renowned photographers, J.H. Engström,was awarded the Goldene Letter first prize in the Stiftung Buchkunst Best Book Design From All Over the World competition, the Frankfurt-based art foundation’s annual review. His book La résidence was selected by an independent international jury from a pool of 540 photo books from 31 countries, during a ceremony organised since 1963 by German Foundation for Book Art, Stiftung Buchkunst. La résidence consists of 29 photographs, all of which were shot in Brussels. Jean-Louis Godefroid, director of Contretype Photographique Espace, said that JH Engström isn’t trying to explain, but rather to render a profound experience of the absurdity of the human condition with images that move us into a disquieting part of ourselves: our solitude on earth.