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…

AUSTRALIAN PHOTOBOOK COMPENDIUM

A SPECIAL FREE DOWNLOAD OFFER for WPBD . We are offering a FREE PDF DOWNLOAD of the AUSTRALIAN PHOTOBOOK COMPENDIUM V3. . Launched at the Melbourne Art Book Fair in March 2019 this book features: A listing of nearly 300 photographers who make books 120 publishers 40 designers 100 portraits of photographers photos of 40…

ARTISTS BOOKS+AUSTRALIA: Comment for CODEX Journal

The artists’ book and the photobook share many aspects of practice, histories and makers. While this post relates specifically to the artists’ book it may be of interest to photobook people as well – take a look at the other tribe … . Early in 2019 Vicky and I received an email from Monica Oppen…

The photobook event that the virus took away

. On the weekend of May 2-3 2020 there was a weekend of major photobook activities planned for the PHOTO 2020 International Photo Festival in Melbourne. A significant component of the event: A seminal selection of 52 Australian and New Zealand Photobooks* from the State Library of Victoria’s collection was to be made available for…

2018 PHOTOBOOK NEW ZEALAND – Archive Review

In 2018 I came back to Wellington for the second PHOTOBOOK NZ. Following on from the success of the 2016 event, which essentially featured Antipodean voices, the international contribution was expanded to include photography and photobook  exponents from the USA, France, Germany and Japan. In this second PBNZ  the aims of event were certainly being…

2016 PHOTOBOOK NEW ZEALAND – Archive Review

In 2016 I attended the first PHOTOBOOK NZ in Wellington. The event brought together the New Zealand photobook community and other members from Australia. For two and a half days in March photobooks were discussed, many were bought and stories were shared about the state of the discipline in the Antipodes and where it fitted…