THE BRISBANE SATELLITE MABF KEPK BEST BOOK LAUNCH

Our physical presentation of the BEST ANTIPODEAN PHOTOBOOK as part of a satellite Melbourne Art Book Fair event was thwarted by the Queensland Government’s re-introduction of a lockdown after the discovery of local cases of COVID community transmission. So – we went ahead with the LIVE STREAM component with the intention to present the physical…

BEST ANTIPODEAN PHOTOBOOKS 2020

LAUNCHED AT THE MELBOURNE ART BOOK FAIR 27 MARCH 2021 . Compiled by DOUG Spowart & VICTORIA Cooper   This list represents a selection of books published in Australia and New Zealand in the year of the Pandemic 2020. Though many aspects of the publishing world were significantly disrupted causing several books to be held…

SELECTED ANZ STUDENT PHOTOBOOKS of 2020

LAUNCHED AT THE MELBOURNE ART BOOK FAIR – MARCH 27   This year we invited over 20 institutions around Australia and New Zealand to nominate a student photobook for this list. We are excited that eight photographic courses responded and that we have an opportunity to showcase these photobooks in this Antipodean Photobook Blog post….

PHOTO 2021 CHANNEL Q&A: Häggblom interviews Spowart

In 2019 Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper completed a project relating to the compilation of 52 Australian and New Zealand photobooks from the post WWII to early 2000s period for TATE Britain. The books were intended to compliment the Australian and New Zealand component of the 12.5k Martin Parr photobook collection that he was about…

FROM THE ARCHIVE: 2015 Photobook Melbourne

  ON THE EVE OF THE PHOTO2021 PHOTOBOOK WEEKEND (February 26+27) IT’S GOOD TO REFLECT ON MELBOURNE’S LAST BIG PHOTOBOOK EVENT – PHOTOBOOK MELBOURNE IN 2015 We all know that feeling when you are really getting into a book, its narrative and flow, and then you reach the point where, as the last page is…

PHOTO 2021 – 52 ANZ Photobooks for TATE Britain: THE TITLES

THIS LIST WAS  LAUNCHED DURING THE PHOTO 2021 PHOTOBOOK WEEKEND 27+28 February   The Post compliments a Kristian Häggblom interview with Doug Spowart published on the PHOTO 2021 Online CHANNEL. Here are the 52 Australian and New Zealand photobooks selected by Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper for the TATE Library to compliment the 12.5 photobooks…

An AUSTRALIAN PHOTOBOOK for JANUARY 26th

. READING TODAY WITH FRIENDS   “Mumbulla Spiritual Contact” a photographically illustrated (photobook) by Guboo Ted Thomas and photographer Wesley Stacey. A large format photographic essay explaining the significance of Mumbulla Mountain to the Yuin people the traditional owners of the land. Mumbulla Mountain is a significant initiation site and is steeped in the mythology…

ON READING PHOTOBOOKS – Antipodean Photobook People

  THE “ON READING: PHOTOBOOKS” PROJECT   As part of the Brisbane Photobook Club’s celebrations for World Photobook Day (WPBD) in 2015 Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper coordinated an exhibition at Maud Gallery (now the Queensland Centre for Photography) in Brisbane that featured 67 Australian, New Zealand and some international photographer’s self-portraits imaged while reading…

AUSTRALIAN PHOTOBOOKS @ The State Library of Victoria

  During 2020 THE WORLD OF THE BOOK exhibition at the State Library of Victoria presented a brief history of photobooks including some striking Australian examples. Principal librarian Des Cowley presented an online accessible video discussing the history of the photobook and some of the Australian books. Due to the Pandemic the SLV was unfortunately…

ANTIPODEAN BOOKS I LUSTED AFTER in 2020

IN EARLY DECEMBER Australian photobook collector and maker Bill Purvis and AMERICAN SUBURB X managing editor Brad Feuerhelm initiated what turned out to be two lengthy online thread discussions on the FlakPhoto Books Facebook page about the end of year ‘BEST PHOTOBOOK’ lists. Topics included: the value or otherwise of lists, who makes the lists…